Areas of Specialization
Administrative Law; Appellate Advocacy; Constitutional Law; Federal Courts; Legislation
Administrative Law; Constitutional Law; Statutory Interpretation
Representative Professional Activities and Achievements
Allison Orr Larsen received her undergraduate degree from the College of William and Mary and then attended the University of Virginia Law School where she graduated first in her class and served on the Managing Board of the Virginia Law Review. She clerked for Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and for Justice David Souter on the U.S. Supreme Court. Following her clerkships, Larsen spent several years as an associate in the appellate practice group at O’Melveny and Myers in Washington, DC. Professor Larsen joined the William & Mary faculty in 2010 and was awarded tenure and promoted to full professor in 2016. She spent the fall of 2016 as a visiting scholar at Oxford University.
Professor Larsen's research interests include constitutional law and the institutional and informational dynamics of legal decision-making. Her work on judicial fact-finding has been cited by the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Her work has also been featured in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, and the Wall Street Journal. Additionally, Professor Larsen appeared with Stephen Colbert in 2014 as a guest on The Colbert Report (Comedy Central) to discuss her scholarship on Supreme Court amicus briefs.
Professor Larsen has won several prestigious awards since joining the faculty. She won a college-wide Alumni award in 2012 given to young faculty members to recognize outstanding teaching. She won the Walter Williams Jr. Memorial Teaching Award in 2013, awarded annually to one professor by the graduating class. Additionally, Professor Larsen received a Plumeri award in 2015 for faculty excellence (a university-wide award), and she received the inaugural McGlothlin teaching award in 2016 (awarded to one professor annually by the law school). In 2014, Professor Larsen received an Outstanding Faculty Award by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, the Commonwealth's highest honor for faculty. Larsen was recognized as an early career "Rising Star" by SCHEV, and given the award based on her scholarship, teaching, and service.
In the News
- Greg Stohr, Post-Scalia Court Has Liberals Winning, Conservatives Venting, Bloomberg, June 28, 2016. Online.
- Theresa Vargas, What was lost, what was gained: Women share abortion stories with Supreme Court, Wash. Post, April 11, 2016. Online.
- Adam Liptak, Study Shows How Much Work It Takes to Be Supreme Court's Friend, NYTimes, March 7, 2016. Online. For additional recent press interviews, click here.
- Casebook, Judicial Decisionmaking (with Tom Clark, Barry Friedman, Maggie Lemos, and Andrew Martin) (a new casebook in progress).
- Judicial Fact-Finding in an Age of Rapid Change: Creative Reforms from Abroad, 130 Harv. L. Rev. F. 316 (2017). Online.
- Co-author, The Amicus Machine, 102 Va. L. Rev. 1901 (2016) (with Neal E. Devins). SSRN.
- Do Laws Have a Constitutional Shelf Life?, 94 Tex. L. Rev. 59 (2015). SSRN.
- The Trouble with Amicus Facts, 100 Va. L. Rev. 1757 (2014). SSRN.
- Factual Precedents, 162 U. Pa. L. Rev. 59 (2013). SSRN.
- Confronting Supreme Court Fact Finding, 98 Va. L. Rev. 1255 (2012). SSRN.
- Bargaining Inside the Black Box, 99 Geo. L.J. 1567 (2011). SSRN.
- Perpetual Dissents, 15 Geo. Mason L. Rev. 447 (2008). SSRN.
- Co-author, Legal scholarship highlight: The Amicus Machine, SCOTUSblog (2016) (with Neal E. Devins). Online.