B.A., Davidson College; J.D., University of North Carolina; M.B.A., University of North Carolina
Professor Holderness is the Senior Advisor to the Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation (Foundation). Until recently she was the Managing Director of Foundation where she spent over a decade leading the transition of the Foundation from a start-up concept to an organization with a proven model and a reputation as a leading capacity builder and provider of critical pro bono legal services in the global social entrepreneurship/innovation community. The Foundation’s mission is to engage Lex Mundi’s global network of leading independent law firms to support and empower those working to bring about high impact and sustainable social change that improves communities and lives.
Before joining the Foundation, Professor Holderness worked in the legal, finance and economic development fields as an attorney, corporate finance and M&A banker and sustainable enterprise and economic development professional. Professor Holderness received a B.A, with honors, from Davidson College, a J.D. from The University of North Carolina School of Law and an M.B.A. from UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School. At UNC, she was editor-in-chief of the North Carolina Journal of International Law and Commercial Regulation.
Professor Holderness is an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Georgetown University Law Center and regularly speaks and consults regarding pro bono, the social entrepreneurship sector and the legal issues facing social entrepreneurs. She is licensed to practice law in New York and the District of Columbia.