Interest in Law and Psychology
As an undergraduate student at Vanderbilt University, Allison completed an Honors thesis in the area of clinical psychology. She also developed a strong interest in the intersection of the law and psychology that has continued to influence her legal education.
As a law school student, Allison has focused her interests in mental health issues on criminal law and indigent defense. Following her first year of law school, she interned with the Mental Health Division of the Public Defender Service in Washington, D.C., where she worked with individuals facing involuntary civil commitment and dispositional proceedings after insanity acquittals or findings of incompetence to stand trial. During the Summer of 2009, Allison has worked as an intern for the New Hampshire Public Defender. Allison’s scholarship as a Weaver fellow has examined psychological issues of interest to criminal law practitioners.