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Get to Know...Alle McNorton

Alle McNortonAlle McNorton, 2L
Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Alle McNorton always had an interest in law school, but ultimately decided to pursue a J.D. because she felt it would be the most practical way to make a difference in her community.

But she also had some subtle guidance from her family at a young age.

“Growing up, my family and friends facetiously told me I would make a great attorney because I could negotiate my way out of anything — that idea was planted in my head and here I am, fifteen years later!” McNorton says.

Now a student, McNorton is a member of Iowa Law’s Pro Bono Society, Phi Delta Phi, Phi Beta Kappa, and the Organization of Woman Law Students and Staff (OWLSS). She’s also participated in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA), the Iowa Legal Aid Pro Se Divorce Clinic, Iowa River Clean-Up, and the UI Cornshucker Mock Trial Competition during her time at Iowa Law. McNorton also recently made it into The Journal of Race, Gender, and Justice.

She spent her summer working at the Office for Civil Rights in the U.S. Department of Education in Denver, Colorado, and is looking forward to working as a research assistant for Adrien Wing, associate dean for International and Comparative Law Programs and the Bessie Dutton Murray Professor at Iowa Law.  

As a second-year student with an internship under her belt, McNorton says she’s excited to use her degree to give back. She hopes to specialize in civil rights, litigation or health law after her graduation in May 2018.