Kent D. Lollis is vice president and chief diversity officer at the Law School Admission Council, where he leads external outreach to organizations, associations, and other stakeholders working to enhance diversity, equity, and inclusion in the legal profession. He also directs diversity, equity, and inclusion goals within the LSAC organizational structure. Prior to assuming more global responsibilities, he spent 27 years developing, monitoring, and expanding the LSAC diversity programs targeting populations that had been underrepresented in the legal profession. Among his LSAC accomplishments are launching LSAC’s academic support initiative, directing and expanding the Prelaw Undergraduate Scholars Program, and expanding programming for students and prelaw advisors at Historically Black Colleges and Universities, the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, and Tribal Colleges and Universities. He is a founding member of the Minority Network of Law School Admission Officers. Prior to joining LSAC, Lollis was an associate dean and associate professor of law at Ohio Northern University—Claude W. Pettit College of Law, where, in addition to teaching labor, family, and corporate law, he was responsible for the admission, career services, and student services offices of the law school. His first position in legal education was as assistant dean for administration at University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law, where he was also responsible for admission, career services, scholarship programs, and financial aid. Lollis also served as the staff grievance officer for the University of Louisville. Prior to working in legal education, he practiced labor, corporate, and employment discrimination law. He also volunteered as a pro bono lawyer with organizations that provided legal services to poor and disabled clients. He is admitted to the bar in Pennsylvania and Kentucky. A fellow of the American Bar Foundation, Lollis is also a member of the American Bar Association and National Bar Association, and has served on a number of committees with both associations. He earned his AB from Brown University, his MBA from Northwestern University Kellogg Graduate School of Management, and his JD from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law. Lollis has published articles on family law, constitutional law, and labor law, and has received numerous awards for his service, including the CLEO Edge 50th Anniversary Award, California Pathways Diversity Champion Award, and AALS Section on Academic Support Award for which he was the first recipient. He has also been honored with the ABA Raymond Pace and Sadie Tanner Mossel Alexander Lifetime Achievement Award, ABA Presidential Advisory Council on Diversity Service Recognition Award, St. Mary’s University School of Law Saint Thomas More Award, and Law School Consortium Leadership Award. In addition, Lollis is a two-time recipient of the Leadership Award from the first and second National People of Color Legal Scholarship Conferences.
The killing of George Floyd affected me strongly in two distinct ways: it conjured up traumatic memories of the many experiences I had as a black man growing up in the United States and
My position at LSAC gives me a chance to travel the country and work with groups and individuals to help increase diversity throughout the legal education pipeline.