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Alison K. Guernsey

Alison Guernsey
Clinical Associate Professor of Law

Professor Guernsey teaches in and directs the law school’s federal criminal defense practice area in the Clinic. Under her supervision, law students represent indigent individuals charged with federal crimes in the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Iowa. Before joining the faculty, Professor Guernsey was employed as the Supervising Attorney for the Federal Defenders of Eastern Washington and Idaho, where she provided direct representation to indigent individuals charged with federal crimes at every stage of the criminal process, including bail hearings, preliminary hearings, jury trials, and sentencing. Her case types includes, drug trafficking and manufacture, firearms, fraud, child exploitation, serious violent/sexual crime under the Major Crimes Act (18 U.S.C. § 1153) and the Assimilative Crimes Act (18 U.S.C. § 13), and habeas-corpus petitions (28 U.S.C. §§ 2254 and 2255), among others. Professor Guernsey has also represented indigent defendants before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Education: 

BA, University of Michigan, 2001
JD, University of Iowa College of Law, 2008

Address: 
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