Featured Alumnus: Allison Korn, Legislative and Policy Clinic, 2007

The Clinical Programs are proud to begin the Featured Alumnus series with a spotlight on Allison Korn, a member of the 2007 Legislative and Policy Clinic and recent member of our clinic staff. Allison began a public interest career in law school. She co-founded the Student Hurricane Network (SHN), a national network of law students advancing the cause of social justice in communities affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. SHN organized an estimated 5,500 students to work in pro bono placements in the Gulf Coast. Along with her co-founders, she won the LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell award for exemplary public service.

After graduating, Allison became a member of the inaugural class of attorneys in the Family Defense Practice at the Bronx Defenders in New York, representing parents accused of abuse and neglect. As part of her role as a public defender, she became a strong advocate for the rights of vulnerable women to parent their children. She returned to the South in 2011, and became the first South-based staff attorney and organizer for the National Advocates for Pregnant Women (NAPW), which is based in New York. Allison offered litigation support and organized grassroots campaigns around issues impacting pregnant and parenting women.

We are proud to claim Allison as part of the Clinical Programs team as well. In 2012, she joined the law school’s Civil Legal Clinic. In her two years here, she developed projects that engaged clinic students in community lawyering efforts, expanding their understanding of the tools and forms of advocacy needed to achieve social justice. She also continued her advocacy on behalf of parents, working with a state-wide initiative to address the lack of legal representation for parents in termination proceedings.

In her second year in that position, she was asked to teach Poverty Law, where she brought a fresh perspective to the course through a social justice/community lawyering approach to issues of poverty. One of her students, Charles Huckaby described the class: “Professor Korn’s poverty law class was a powerful, thought-provoking class that I wish was required for every student. Her teaching truly impacted me and the way I desire to practice law.”

Last spring, Allison was awarded a highly competitive Clinical Teaching Fellowship at the University of Baltimore School of Law, in the Family Law Clinic. In this role, she supervises law students in their representation of family law matters, as well as in community education and legislative advocacy projects. She also teaches weekly seminars to upper-level law students on topics related to client-centered representation and trial advocacy. We wish Allison all the best as she continues to work for access to justice in the law school community.

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