Allen Named Interim Dean of School of Law
Alena Allen, associate dean for research and faculty development and professor of law, has been named interim dean of the School of Law effective Jan. 1, 2022.
Allen, who was appointed by interim Provost Terry Martin, follows former Dean Margaret Sova McCabe, who is now serving the U of A as senior adviser for strategic projects and professor of law.
"It is a privilege and honor to serve as interim dean," Allen said. "Dean McCabe left the law school in a very strong position, and I am very excited about collaborating with my amazing faculty colleagues, staff, students and alumni over the next year to continue moving the law school forward."
A search for the next dean of the School of Law will begin later this year.
Before joining the U of A last year, Allen spent 10 years teaching family law, health law electives, torts, and feminist jurisprudence at the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law at the University of Memphis. She also served as co-lead of the University of Memphis campus-wide Eradicating Racism Initiative, Memphis law school faculty senator (2020-21), director of diversity (2017-18) and director of faculty research for Memphis Law (2020-21).
Allen's research interests include the intersection of health policy and critical feminist theory. Her work has most recently been published in the North Carolina Law Review, the Fordham Law Review, and the Ohio State Law Journal. She currently serves on the Executive Committee for the Association of American Law Schools' Section on Scholarship and the Peer Review Committee for the Food and Drug Law Institute.
Allen has received many awards and honors including the MLK50 Faculty Service Award for demonstrating outstanding service to the University of Memphis, the law school and the Memphis legal community; the Farris Bobango Faculty Scholarship Award for outstanding faculty scholarship; and Professor of the Year Award by the graduating class of 2013. She was also selected as a 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 graduated magna cum laude from Loyola University with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology.
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