B.S., U.S. Naval Academy; J.D., Vanderbilt University
Mr. Holt is a Trial Attorney in the Office of Immigration Litigation in the Civil Division of the United States Department of Justice. He graduated third in his class from the United States Naval Academy and Vanderbilt University Law School.
As a Navy judge advocate for fifteen years, Mr. Holt prosecuted and defended courts-martial both at trial and on appeal. Specially appointed by the Judge Advocate General of the Navy as lead counsel in an historic death penalty case, he orally argued the first appellate case televised live from federal court.
Between 1992 and 2008, Mr. Holt served as a Commissioner in the chambers of four judges at the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces – The Honorable Margaret A. Ryan (2006-2008), The Honorable Chief Judge H. F. “Sparky” Gierke (1996-2006), The Honorable Chief Judge Walter T. Cox, III (1995-1996), and The Honorable Judge Robert E. Wiss (1992-1995).
He is an adjunct professor of law at two law schools. Since 1996, John has been a Professorial Lecturer in Law teaching Trial Advocacy at the George Washington University Law School. Since 2002, he has served as a Lecturer teaching Trial Practice, Advanced Trial Practice, and Military Law at the Columbus School of Law of The Catholic University of America. The Student Bar Association at the Columbus School of Law selected Mr. Holt as the “Best Adjunct Professor” three times. He is the owner of Barrister’s Maryland Bar Review and, since 1991, has instructed and tutored hundreds of successful candidates for the Maryland Bar Examination.
Mr. Holt's bar admissions include: the Supreme Court of the United States; the United States Courts of Appeals for the Second, Fifth, and Ninth Circuits; the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces; the Maryland Court of Appeals; and the Tennessee Supreme Court.