William and Mary Law School
Allison Orr Larsen

Allison Orr Larsen

Associate Professor of Law
Degrees: J.D., University of Virginia; B.A., College of William and Mary
Email: [[amlarsen]]
Office phone: (757) 221-7985
Office location: Room 247
Full resume: here (.pdf in new window)
Areas of Specialization

Administrative Law; Appellate Advocacy; Constitutional Law; Federal Courts; Legislation

Teaching Interests

Administrative Law; Constitutional Law; Statutory Interpretation

Representative Professional Activities and Achievements

Allison Orr Larsen received her undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, 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, she spent several years as an associate in the appellate practice group at O’Melveny and Myers in Washington, DC.

Professor Larsen's research interests include constitutional law and the institutional and informational dynamics of legal decision-making. Her work on fact-finding at the Supreme Court has been featured in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, and the Wall Street Journal. She also recently appeared with Stephen Colbert as a guest on The Colbert Report (Comedy Central) to discuss her scholarship on Supreme Court amicus briefs.

Since joining the faculty in 2010, Professor Larsen has won several prestigious awards. In 2012, the Provost selected her to receive an Alumni Fellowship, a college-wide award given to young faculty members to recognize outstanding teaching. Additionally, the class of 2013 selected her to receive the Walter Williams Jr. Memorial Teaching Award, awarded annually to one professor by the graduating class. Finally, 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.

Click here to view SCHEV Award article in William & Mary News.

Click here to watch Professor Larsen on The Colbert Report.


Scholarly Publications
Articles
  • The Trouble with Amicus Facts, 100 Va. L. Rev. ___ (forthcoming 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.

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