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Ms. Hollis discussed her experiences and lessons learned in the international criminal courts. Her presentation was part of a Toledo Rotary meeting. The meeting was held at the Park Inn.
Brenda Hollis was appointed Prosecutor of the Residual Special Court for Sierra Leone in February 2014 by the Secretary-General of the United Nations, having served as Prosecutor of the Special Court for Sierra Leone from February 2010 until its closure in December 2013, also by appointment of the Secretary General of the United Nations.

In addition to her duties as The Prosecutor of the Special Court, from 2007 Ms. Hollis led the prosecution against former Liberian President Charles Taylor, culminating in September 2013 in appellate confirmation of guilt on all charges and a sentence of imprisonment for 50 years.

Ms. Hollis was a member of the Office of The Prosecutor, International Criminal Tribunal for Yugoslavia from 1994 to 2001 where she served as co-counsel and lead counsel in a number of historic prosecutions, including the Tadic case, the first litigated case at the Tribunal, the first case in which rape was charged as torture, and also served as lead counsel in the preparation of the case against former Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic until her departure from the ICTY in 2001.

From 2001 to 2007, Ms. Hollis acted as Expert Legal Consultant on international criminal law and procedure. During this period she trained judges, prosecutors and investigators at courts and international tribunals in Indonesia, Iraq and Cambodia. She also assisted victims of international crimes in the Democratic Republic of Congo and in Colombia to prepare submissions requesting investigations by the International Criminal Court.

In 2002 and 2003, and again in 2006, Ms. Hollis served as an Expert Consultant to the Office of the Prosecutor, Special Court for Sierra Leone, where she provided legal and tactical advice to The Prosecutor, acted as Team Leader, assisted in evidence-gathering missions, and was the primary drafter of seven of the eight original indictments, including that against Charles Taylor.

Ms. Hollis served for some 22 years in the United States Air Force, retiring in 1998 with the rank of Colonel. Prior to her Air Force service, after receiving a B.A. from Bowling Green State University, Ms. Hollis served as a Peace Corps volunteer in West Africa. Ms. Hollis earned her Juris Doctor from University of Denver Law School, and was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws from Case Western Reserve School of Law.
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