Justin Allen

Justin Allen

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Law

Philosophy & Political Science

President of the IndyBar Young Lawyers Division

August 17, 2018 1:08 PM

I graduated from Millikin University in 2010 with majors in Philosophy and Political Science. During my time at Millikin, I was active on the moot court team. Following graduation, I attended Washington University in St. Louis School of Law (“Wash U”) and graduated cum laude in 2013. During my time at Wash U, I received an award for top oral advocate in our school wide Wiley Rutledge Moot Court competition and won our school’s Environmental Moot Court competition. I was also an editor on the Wash U Law Review and received a CALI award for the top grade in my Criminal Justice Seminar. I started my legal career at Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP in Indianapolis, Indiana. I have worked the past 3+ years at Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP, also in Indianapolis. My practice includes a variety of forms of civil litigation, including environmental law, commercial litigation, and insurance recovery. I am an active member of my local legal community, including the Indiana State Bar Association (“ISBA”) and Indianapolis Bar Association (“IndyBar”). I currently serve as the president of the IndyBar Young Lawyers Division and was awarded the Young Lawyers Division’s 2017 Distinguished Leader Award. I was also recently selected into the ISBA’s 2018 Leadership Development Academy.

I believe my transition to law school was made substantially easier because of my involvement in pre-law courses and moot court while at Millikin. Having at least some basic knowledge of legal concepts prior to law school was beneficial, but even more importantly, these pre-law courses began to cultivate the analytical and writing skills necessary to succeed academically in law school. This gave me a leg up on my peers, and I believe it directly contributed to a strong academic performance in my 1L year. Moreover, my success in law school moot court would not have been possible without the experience and coaching I received during my 3 years on the Millikin moot court team.

The pre-law program benefits Millikin’s students by, among other things:

  1. Exposing students to the legal profession, including the process of reading case law, developing arguments and legal reasoning, and understanding the various forms of judicial interpretation.
  2. Developing the critical analytical and writing skills required for academic success in law school.
  3. Providing more structured guidance on the process for applying to and choosing between law schools.

Find out more by visiting my profile at https://www.psrb.com/professional/justin-a-allen/#overview