|Present||Cabell Research Professor, William & Mary Law School|
|J.D., University of Virginia ‐ Law School|
|B.A., College of William & Mary|
Judging "Under Fire" and the Retreat to Facts William & Mary Law Review (2020)
Americans tend to worry about how our current polarized political climate will affect the legitimacy of our courts. Often overlooked in this important conversation is a discussion about what a toxic political dialogue can do—and ...
Constitutional Law in an Age of Alternative Facts 93 New York University Law Review 175-248 (2018) (2018)
Objective facts—while perhaps always elusive—are now an endangered species. A mix of digital speed, social media, fractured news, and party polarization has led to what some call a “post-truth” society: a culture where what is ...
Do Laws Have a Constitutional Shelf Life? 94 Texas Law Review 59-114 (2015) (2015)
Times change. A statute passed today may seem obsolete tomorrow. Does the Constitution dictate when a law effectively expires? In Shelby County v. Holder, the 2013 decision that invalidated a provision of the Voting Rights ...
Bargaining Inside the Black Box 99 Georgetown Law Journal 1567-1612 (2011) (2011)
When jurors are presented with a menu of criminal verdict options and they cannot reach a consensus among them, what should they do? Available evidence suggests they are prone to compromise—that is, jurors will negotiate ...
Popular Media (3)
Office Hours: Just the Facts with Allison Orr Larsen Audio Archive (2018)
March 27, 2018: Today’s guest is William & Mary Law School professor Allison Orr Larsen. Professor Larsen talks about her research into the use of “alternative facts” in Supreme Court opinions (and beyond), the constitutional ...
Professor Allison Orr Larsen on DACA: Its History, Legal Controversies, and What Lies Ahead Audio Archive (2017)
In an interview with Professor Adam Gershowitz, William & Mary Law Professor Allison Orr Larsen talks about DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), which you may know as the law governing DREAMers: what it is, ...
Think You Know a Lot About Our Constitution? Court Talk, Episode 210 (September 15, 2017) (2017)
You may know that it was signed in Philadelphia in 1787, that the oldest signer was Benjamin Franklin and that it doesn’t include the word “democracy.” William & Mary Law Professor Allison Orr Larsen, an ...