Sophia Hollis '99

Sophia Hollis '99

As an assistant state's attorney in Charles County Md., Sophia Hollis '99 has prosecuted various criminal cases in the District and Circuit court, ranging from petty thefts to attempted murder.

After almost five successful years of practicing law, Sophia currently has the privilege of serving under Anthony B. Covington, the first African American State's Attorney in Charles County.  

Sophia said that she felt called to be an attorney before she ever attended college. "YCP helped me further that calling by providing me with an outstanding education as an English Literary Studies major," she said. "I was able to use this valuable education to further my goals."

Although she attended York as a single mother, with hard work and endless support from her own mother, Sophia completed her English degree from York and went directly on to achieve a Doctorate of Law from Thomas Cooley Law School. 

Julie Amberg, Ph.D., was one of Sophia's most influential professors during her time at York College. "Dr. Amberg taught me the art of writing," Sophia explained. "Through her teaching, I learned how to communicate in a clearer, more effective and more persuasive manner. Subsequently, I was able to use those important skills when I went to law school."

Sophia advises students graduating with English degrees to remain open-minded and explore the various career options available.

"Don't limit yourself," she added, "because, with a YCP education, the possibilities are endless."

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