Philosophy & Political Science
President of the IndyBar Young Lawyers Division
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:
- 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.
- Developing the critical analytical and writing skills required for academic success in law school.
- 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