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Quattrone Center’s John Hollway named to Prosecutor Wellbeing Task Force

August 20, 2020

Associate Dean and Executive Director of the Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice John Hollway C’92, MAPP ’18 has been named to the Prosecutor Wellbeing Task Force of the National District Attorneys Association (NDAA).

Spearheaded by NDAA President Nancy Parr’s focus on health and wellbeing as one of four key priority areas, the task force is designed to develop and disseminate resources, training, and peer-to-peer exchanges for prosecutors across the country to promote their health and wellbeing.

“Penn Law has been a leader in helping law students and attorneys develop their awareness of the emotional demands of legal practice so that they can design careers of thriving in the law,” said Hollway. “The NDAA Task Force recognizes the unique emotional challenges of the prosecutorial role. It will help prosecutors across the country develop the emotional and psychological skills that are needed to enhance their technical skills. Reducing burnout and increasing engagement and resilience will help these prosecutors represent their communities and improve just outcomes in criminal cases.”

Hollway is the only non-prosecutor chosen for the task force, which is led by Kirsten Pabst, the elected County Attorney for Missoula County, Montana, and aims to enhance the wellbeing, resiliency, and growth for prosecutors, prosecutor organizations, and the legal profession as a whole through webinars, courses, a blog, and peer-to-peer networking resources.

The task force’s goals work in concert with Quattrone Center’s mission to promote the fair administration of justice as well as the Law School’s pathbreaking work in the application of positive psychology to encourage and support attorney wellbeing. Hollway has been at the forefront of both initiatives as a national thought leader on the use of root cause analysis in criminal justice as well as a Senior Fellow at Penn’s Positive Psychology Center.

Hollway is the author of numerous publications, including Conviction Review Units: A National Perspective (2016), A Systems Approach to Preventing Errors in Criminal Justice (2014), and Killing Time: An 18-Year Odyssey from Death Row to Freedom, winner of the National Independent Book Award for non-fiction in 2011 and one of the Chicago Sun-Times’ Best Books of the Year.

Read more about wellness initiatives at the Law School.