When Holly Peacock Young saw how many inequities and conflicts there were in the country, she decided she had to do something to help. Law initially seemed the perfect way to achieve her goals, but she quickly realized how often cases could be resolved by people sitting down and talking with one another. This inspired Ms. Young to alter her direction and pursue mediation instead. She spent four years as a mediator with Settlement Consultants, Inc., before branching out on her own. Her focuses include civil cases, dispute resolution, probate, estate planning, and commercial family education.
To prepare for her endeavors, Ms. Young studied at Dartmouth College in 1970 and earned a Bachelor of Arts from Connecticut College in 1971, a Master of Arts from the University of Texas in 1973, and a JD from Southern Methodist University in 1982. She also became admitted to the Texas Bar. Since then, Ms. Young has worked hard to maintain her standing in the field. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in human rights at Southern Methodist University.
Outside of her career, Ms. Young has been very active in her community. She has been a member of the board of directors of the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center League since 1998, as well as a member of organizations like the American Bar Association, the Dallas Bar Association, and the Texas Bar Association. In the past, she volunteered at the K.B. Polk School and the Sudie L. Williams School, which are part of the Dallas Independent School District and served on the boards of the Dallas International Dyslexia Association, the Hindostone Co., Montessori School Park Cities, and the Cottonwood Gulch Foundation.
In recognition of her efforts, Ms. Young was honored with the President’s Award from SPIDR and a Bronze Medal from the United States Environmental Protection Agency. Other accolades include the American Jurisprudence Award and inclusion in numerous editions of Who’s Who of American Women.
Looking to the future, Ms. Young hopes to be remembered for helping to make the world a better place.