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, 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 Justice David Souter on the U.S. Supreme Court.
Professor Larsen was a Research Fellow with the University of Virginia Law School before joining the appellate litigation practice of O'Melveny and Myers, LLP, where she focused on civil, criminal, and civil rights litigation. Before joining the William and Mary faculty, Professor Larsen was a Visiting Assistant Professor and Scholar in Residence with the Columbus Law School at Catholic University. Her research interests include administrative law, constitutional law, and the institutional and informational dynamics of legal decision-making.
Professor Larsen's work on Supreme Court decision making has recently been featured in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, and the Wall Street Journal.
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.