Commissioner and Foundation Board Member
Vanderbilt School of Law, J.D., 1972
Rhodes College, B. A. in History with Distinction, 1967
Little Rock Central High School, 1963
Hollingsworth began his legal career in 1972 as a staff attorney with Memphis Area Legal Services. In 1978, he returned to Little Rock and served 18 years as the Executive Director of the Center for Arkansas Legal Services. Thereafter, he was the Executive Director of the Arkansas Bar Association until 2007. From 2008 until 2010, he worked part-time as a Senior Associate at the Arkansas Center for Health Improvement.
In the 1980s, Hollingsworth was a leader both locally and nationally in increasing private bar support for legal aid and opposing efforts in Congress to abolish federal funding for the Legal Services Corporation. These efforts included serving four years as the national vice chair of the Project Advisory Group, which was the national organization for legal aid providers and their clients.
He has served on the governing bodies of numerous nonprofit organizations and government entities, including the Arkansas Bar Association Board of Governors, Arkansas IOLTA Foundation, Governor’s Task Force on Health Care Reform, Governor’s Health Care Access Council, VOCALS, Arkansas Supreme Court Committee on Child Support, Second Presbyterian Church, Permanent Judicial Commission of the Synod of the Sun, Advocacy Planning Committee for the Developmentally Disabled in Tennessee, and Memphis Coalition for the Handicapped.
Hollingsworth was a founding member of the Health Policy Board of the Arkansas Center for Health Improvement and former Chair. He remains a current member of this board as well as the Faith Voices Arkansas, Arkansas Access to Justice Foundation, Social Justice Advocacy Committee at Second Presbyterian Church, and Quality of Care Committee for State Employees Health Benefits.
His involvement in the Arkansas Bar Association includes being a Tenured Delegate of the House of Delegates, former chair of the Health Law Section, recipient of the Golden Gavel Award, and recipient of the Equal Justice Distinguished Service Award. Additionally, he is a Fellow of the Arkansas Bar Foundation.