Alena Allen, Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development and Professor of Law, has been appointed Interim Dean of the Faculty of Law effective January 1, 2022.
Allen, who was appointed by Acting Provost Terry Martin, succeeds former Dean Margaret Sova McCabe, who now serves at the U of A as senior adviser on strategic projects and professor of law.
“It is a privilege and an honor to serve as Interim Dean,” said Allen. “Dean McCabe left Law School in a very strong position, and I am very excited to be collaborating with my wonderful fellow faculty, staff, students and alumni over the next year to continue to advance the law school. “
The search for the next dean of the Faculty of Law will begin later this year.
Prior to joining the U of A last year, Allen spent 10 years teaching family law, electives in health law, torts, and feminist jurisprudence at the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law. from the University of Memphis. She was also co-lead of the University of Memphis Campus-Wide Racism Eradication Initiative, Memphis Law School Senator (2020-21), Director of Diversity (2017- 18) and Faculty Research Director for Memphis Law (2020-21).
Allen’s research interests include the intersection of health policy and critical feminist theory. His work was recently published in the North Carolina Law Journal, the Fordham Law Review, and the Ohio State Law Journal. She currently sits on the Executive Committee of the Scholarship Section of the Association of American Law Schools and the Peer Review Committee of the Food and Drug Law Institute.
Allen has received numerous awards and honors, including the MLK50 Faculty Service Award for outstanding service to the University of Memphis, the Faculty of Law and the Memphis legal community; the Farris Bobango Faculty Scholarship Award for outstanding faculty scholarship; and Professor of the Year by the Class of 2013. She was also selected as a Fellow of the Tennessee Board of Regents Maxine Smith Higher Education Administration Fellow in 2015 and as an American Society of Medicine, Law, and Ethics / Saint Louis University Health Law Scholar in 2012-13.
She holds a Juris Doctor from Yale Law School and is a graduate magna cum laude from Loyola University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.
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