Michael P. Allen
Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Strategic Initiatives
Professor of Law
Director, Veterans Law Institute
B.A., University of Rochester
J.D., Columbia University School of Law
Civil Procedure, Complex Litigation, Constitutional Law I, the Federal Courts and the Federal System, Remedies, Veterans Benefits
Michael Allen is a Professor of Law teaching courses in Civil Procedure, Remedies, Complex Litigation, Constitutional Law I, the Federal Courts and the Federal System, and Veterans' Benefits Law. He also is the co-coach of four of Stetson's moot court teams. In addition, he supervises Stetson's internship programs at the Florida Supreme Court, the Florida Second District Court of Appeal, the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, and the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida. During his time at Stetson, Professor Allen has received the University level award for Excellence in Teaching, the Award for Excellence in Professionalism and Career Development presented by the Stetson College of Law Student Bar Association, been twice named the Best All Around Professor, and five times been awarded the Golden Apple Achievement Award for teaching. He has also received the University level award for excellence in scholarship as well as the Dickerson-Brown Award for Excellence in Faculty Scholarship.
Before joining the faculty, Professor Allen spent nine years as a civil trial attorney at the law firm of Ropes & Gray in Boston, Massachusetts where he concentrated on complex insurance coverage cases, securities class action defense, large tort actions and general commercial litigation. Professor Allen's clients included major investment banks, a wide assortment of public companies and insurers at Lloyd's of London.
Professor Allen graduated in 1992 from Columbia University School of Law where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar during his last two years. He received his undergraduate degree in American history and political science from the University of Rochester where he graduated summa cum laude in 1989. He is also a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
Professor Allen's research interests are wide ranging. He has researched and written in areas including remedies, personal jurisdiction and the intersection of authority between the federal and state governments in areas such as the subject matter jurisdiction of the federal courts and other constitutional allocations of power. He is also a recognized expert on the law of veterans' benefits, a topic on which he has testified before the United States Congress. Professor Allen's articles have appeared in such journals as the Washington & Lee Law Review, the American University Law Review, the George Mason Law Review, the University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform, the Brooklyn Law Review, the William and Mary Bill of Rights Journal, the NYU Annual Survey of American Law, the Catholic University Law Review, and the Stetson Law Review. In addition, Professor Allen, along with his Stetson colleague Professor Michael Finch, is the author of a book entitled An Illustrated Guide to Civil Procedure published by Aspen Publishers. He is also the author (again with Professor Finch and Professor Caprice Roberts of the West Virginia University College of Law) of Federal Courts: Context, Cases and Problems, also published by Aspen Publishers.
Finally, Professor Allen is active in several professional associations. He is a former member of the Board of Trustees of the Southeastern Association of Law Schools. He is also the past Chair of the AALS Section on New Law Teachers and the AALS Section on Remedies.