Allison Korn joined the Duke Law faculty in 2022 from UCLA School of Law, where she was the assistant dean for experiential education and director of the Food Law & Policy Clinic, which she established in 2016.
Korn’s teaching and scholarship focus on law, policy, and practices that impact vulnerable individuals’ and communities’ access to justice. She also writes about emerging methods in clinical teaching.
Korn is a national leader in experiential education. In 2018, as part of the Clinical Legal Education Association’s Best Practices Committee, she co-created and co-implemented a national webinar series – Teaching Justice ¬– to develop a shared pedagogy and deeper understanding of how to teach about the relationship between legal systems, justice, and social movements.
Prior to UCLA, Korn was a Clinical Teaching Fellow at the University of Baltimore School of Law, where she co-taught the Family Law Clinic and supervised students in their direct representation of clients in family law and civil matters. Additionally, she supervised students in their Maryland state legislative advocacy projects and community-based participatory research activities.
Korn also taught at the University of Mississippi School of Law, where she designed an experiential Poverty Law course. As a practitioner, Korn was a member of the inaugural class of family defense attorneys at the Bronx Defenders in New York, representing parents charged with abuse and neglect and fighting against unnecessary removal of children from their families. She also used legal advocacy and community organizing as the South-based staff attorney for National Advocates for Pregnant Women, an organization devoted to protecting the rights and human dignity of all women.
Korn is a graduate of Roanoke College, where she was the David Bittle Scholar, and earned her J.D. from the University of Mississippi School of Law. While in law school, Korn co-founded the Student Hurricane Network, a national network of more than 5,500 law students advancing the cause of social justice in communities affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.