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John S. Allen

Clinical Professor and Bouma Clinical Fellow in Trial Law

Since 1993, he has supervised the Assistive Technology Clinic, funded through the Iowa Program for Assistive Technology. He also supervises the Clinic’s Muscatine Intake Project, where many of the clients communicate primarily in Spanish. Much of his work has been in the area of employment law; he has done employment discrimination, ERISA, and unemployment insurance cases. He also supervises the Poverty Law Internship Program, which provides paid summer internships to students placed at legal aid providers in Iowa.

Professor Allen has been a member of the Iowa faculty since 1990. Before entering teaching, he was a staff attorney and senior staff attorney with the Legal Services Corporation of Iowa.

380 Boyd Law Building
Practice & Teaching: 

He teaches in the Clinical Law Programs and offers a seminar on Poverty Law with Professor Cox. He has frequently taught in the law school’s trial advocacy program.


He is a member of the Dean Mason Ladd Inn of Court and is the law school liaison for the Inn.


BA, St. Olaf College, 1977

JD, University of Illinois, 1980