Holly Johanknecht

Adjunct Professor


Seattle University School of Law
901 12th Avenue, Sullivan Hall
P.O. Box 222000
Seattle, WA 98122-1090
E-mail:  johanknh@seattleu.edu


JD, Drake University Law School, 2005
BA, Political Science, Iowa State University, 2002


Holly Johanknecht is a lifelong Alaskan, only leaving the state to pursue her post-secondary education. She received her undergraduate degree in Political Science from Iowa State University and her law degree from Drake University School of Law where she also earned a Certificate of Legislative Practice.

After graduation from law school, Holly returned home to Alaska and began her legal career at the Disability Law Center of Alaska where she focused on federal litigation related to abuse and neglect investigations as well as government benefit appeals. After she left DLC, Holly opened a small firm specializing in estate planning and social security and veteran's disability benefits appeals.

In 2013, Holly transitioned from the active practice of law to a career in post-secondary education. She is passionate about bringing legal education to Alaska.  She worked for three years at the University of Alaska Anchorage in the Aviation Technology Division where she worked as the Academic Advisor to over 400 students. She also served as a guest lecturer on Aviation Law and Civil Aviation Security issues and was the Assistant Director of Seattle University School of Law's Alaska Satellite campus from 2016 - 2020.