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2010 Millikin graduate and philosophy major Justin Allen is currently an associate attorney with the firm of Plews, Shadley, Racher, and Braun in Indianapolis, Indiana. Justin concentrates in commercial litigation, environmental litigation, and insurance cost recovery actions. Prior to accepting a position with Plews, Justin was an associate with the firm of Taft, Stettinius, and Hollister in Indianapolis, Indiana, where he worked in their litigation group.

At Millikin, Justin was both a Presidential Scholar and a James Millikin Scholar in our Honors Program. He earned numerous awards honoring his academic achievements during his time at Millikin, including the 2010 T.W. Samuels Award for Most Outstanding Student in Pre-law and the 2009 T.W. Adney Award for Outstanding Student in Pre-law.

Justin was a three-year participant in Millikin’s moot court program. In the three competitions in which he participated, Justin’s team took second place (2007), first place (2009), and first place (2010). Justin was honored with the John Williams Award for Most Outstanding Attorney at the 2009 competition. Success in this kind of venue is the epitome of successful performance learning at a professional level – a key learning goal in our curriculum.

Justin demonstrated a strong commitment to campus and community leadership. He served as student senate president fall 2007, and he was honored as the 2009 Junior Male Campus Leader of the Year. In addition, he worked for two Illinois state representatives, and completed an internship with Macon County Circuit Judge Timothy Steadman.

The analytical reasoning and critical thinking skills that Justin honed at Millikin served him well at Washington University School of Law, where he recently earned his J.D., graduating cum laude (May 2013). In law school, Justin’s academic success earned him an invitation to join the Washington University Law Review, where he served as a senior staff editor. In addition, his case note, “The Truth, the Whole Truth, and Nothing But the Truth: Compelled False Testimony under Garcetti v. Ceballos,” was selected for publication in the Review. Justin also continued his success in oral advocacy. He earned a Legal Practice “Excellence in Oral Advocacy” Certificate. In addition, he was honored with the Golden Gavel Award for top oral advocate at the Wiley Rutledge Moot Court Competition (2011) and was a member of the Washington University Environmental Moot Court champion team (2012). Justin continued to compliment his academic activities and endeavors with important service and practical-experiential learning opportunities. Justin served as the Student Bar Association 2L Class Representative, served as President of the Student Law Association of St. Louis, and was a Court Appointed Special Advocate for St. Louis County.