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 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. She received a Plumeri award in 2015 for faculty excellence (a university-wide award). And 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
- 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.