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Holly Hemphill began her career as a civilian Management Intern with the Department of Army in the Pentagon. She later served in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Manpower and Reserve Affairs as Staff Assistant for Civilian Personnel Policy and Equal Opportunity and Director of the Office of Employment Policy and Grievance Review. She entered private law practice after working in Paris, France, where she advised an international organization, and after serving as Counsel at the Federal Labor Relations Authority. She was appointed by Secretary of Defense William Perry to the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services and named by him to Chair the Committee in 1996. For her contributions, she was awarded the Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service. She was appointed by the City Council of Alexandria, Virginia to the City's Budget and Fiscal Affairs Advisory Committee where she served for nine years and held positions of Vice Chair and Co- Chair. She is a member of the Leadership Circle of the Women in Military Service for America (WIMSA) Foundation and the National Advisory Council of the Alliance for National Defense. She retired as a tax partner with an international law firm at the end of 2008. She now serves as Senior Counsel at the National Women's Law Center where she advises on tax policy matters and on issues relating to women in the military. She is a member of the District of Columbia Bar, the Virginia State Bar, the California State Bar, and the United States Tax Court Bar. She is a graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center and received her undergraduate degree from University of Oklahoma.