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Allison Martin

Clinical Professor of Law

Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law
Lawrence W. Inlow Hall, Room 210A
530 W. New York Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202-3225

Phone: (317) 278-4776
Fax: (317) 274-8565


B.S., 1986, University of Illinois
J.D., 1992, University of Illinois College of Law


Litigation Drafting; Legal Analysis, Research and Communication; Professional Responsibility, and Legal Process

Advisory Committee Member, ABA Commission on Lawyers Assistance Programs
Faculty Advisor, National Professional Responsibility Moot Court Competition
Faculty Advisor, Professional Responsibility Association
Faculty Advisor, Interscholastic Moot Court Competitions
Faculty Advisor, Shortridge Mock Trial Program
Member, Legal Writing Institute's Moot Court Committee
Member, Central States Regional Conference Planning Committee


After law school, Professor Martin clerked for a justice sitting on the Illinois Supreme Court, and practiced civil litigation with a Chicago law firm and then with the Illinois Attorney General’s office. Her areas of practice included employment law, commercial litigation, bankruptcy, and civil rights litigation. In 1997, she began her teaching career at the University of Illinois College of Law, and then became Director of Legal Writing at the University of Alabama School of Law. In 2003, she moved back to the Midwest, joining the IU McKinney law faculty.

Professor Martin has written articles and presented extensively in the areas of legal education, teaching, and legal writing. Her work has been recognized by national publications, including The National Law Journal, The ABA Journal, The American Lawyer, The Huffington Post, and The National Jurist. She is a contributing co-editor of the Indiana Pleading & Practice treatise. She has been the recipient of Indiana University’s Trustee’s Teaching Award in recognition of teaching excellence.


Books and Chapters

  • Indiana Pleading and Practice, contributing co-author of this treatise on Indiana Rules of Civil Procedure, Matthew-Bender

Law Review and Journal Articles

  • Allison D. Martin, A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words: How Wordle™ Can Help Legal Writers,” 9 Legal Communication & Rhetoric JALWD 139 (Fall 2012).
  • Rand, Martin, Shea; Hope, but not optimism, predicts academic performance of law students beyond previous academic achievement, Journal of Research in Personality, 2011, December, Volume 45, Issue 6, Pages 683–686.
  • Martin and Rand, The Future’s So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades: Law School Through the Lens of Hope, Duquesne Law Review, Vol 48, Spring, 2010.
  • Allison Martin, Teaching to Different Learning Styles: Love Triangles, Role Playing & Videotapes, 22 Second Draft (newsltr. of Leg. Writing Inst.) 1 (Spring 2008).
  • Allison Martin, Lessons From the Other Side - What I Learned About Teaching Legal Writing by Teaching Professional Responsibility, 15 Persp. 157 (Spring 2007).

Work in Progress

  • Contributor, The Moot Court Advisors’ Handbook (chapters related to moot court budgets and interscholastic teams)


  • “Early Identification and Intervention: Is There “Hope” for At-Risk Students?” to be a panelist in January 2014 at the American Association of Law Schools (AALS)’s National Conference, Section on Academic Support, held in New York.
  • “Peer to Peer Learning: Encouraging It in Advanced Writing Courses,” to be presented at the Central Region LRW/Lawyering Skills Conference to be held in September 2013 at the University of Kansas School of Law.
  • “Fostering Hope: A Primer on Hope Theory for Educators, Mentors, and Clinicians,” co-presented at the Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis.
  • “No Shoes, No Shirt, No Service: Interpreting the Academic Dress Code,” co-presented in March 2011 at the Eleventh Annual Rocky Mountain Legal Writing held at Boyd School of Law, University of Nevada Las Vegas, and again in September 2011 at the the Central Region LRW/Lawyering Skills Conference held at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago.
  • “Snatched from the Jaws of Death: Rescuing Legal Writing Assignments (and How to Avert Danger in the First Place),” co-presented at the 2010 Legal Writing Biennial Conference at Marco Island, Florida.
  • "’Best Practices’ and ‘Educating Lawyers’: A Mandate to Humanize the Law School Experience,” panelist in January 2009 at this program for the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Section on Balance in Legal Education
  • “Engendering Hope,” plenary co-speaker in December 2009 at the Colonial Frontier Legal Writing Conference at Duquesne University School of Law; this conference was organized around the “The Future’s So Bright” article.
  • “Averting a Credit Crisis in Law School: A Call to Create Nonattribution Guidelines for Legal Writing Courses,” presented in March 2009 at the Rocky Mountain Legal Writing Conference at Arizona State University College of Law
  • “The Future’s So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades: A Study of Hope, Optimism, Performance and Well-Being in Law School,” co-presented in July 2008 at the 2008 Legal Writing Institute Biennial Conference
  • “Lessons From the Other Side: What I Learned About Teaching Legal Writing by Teaching Professional Responsibility,” presented in March 2007 at the Rocky Mountain Legal Writing Conference held at the William S. Boyd School of Law
  • “In Living Color: Techniques for Involving Students in the Story of a Case,” co-presented in October 2007 at the Central Region Lawyering Skills Conference at University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Law
  • “First Impressions: Introducing Yourself & Your Students With Style (but Not Necessarily Grace),” co-presented in June 2006 at the 2006 Legal Writing Institute Biennial Conference in Atlanta, Georgia
  • “Doing Is Understanding: Teaching the Trial Brief,” presented in September 2005 at the Central States Region Lawyering Skills Conference at Indiana University School of Law - Indianapolis