About Jennifer Allison
I have 15 years of experience in academic law librarianship, including 10 years of service as an FCIL librarian at the Harvard Law School Library (2012-2022). I earned my B.A. from Pacific Lutheran University (English and German, 1994), my J.D. from Pepperdine Law School (2007), my M.L.I.S. from San Jose State University (2010), and my LL.M. in German law from the University of Würzburg (2018, magna cum laude). My LL.M. thesis was on the protection of fundamental rights under the German Basic Law when public functions are performed by private actors. Since completing my LL.M., I have continued to serve on the law faculty in Würzburg as a visiting lecturer, returning each year to teach courses in substantive U.S. law and legal English. My scholarly interests include social justice, correctional law, critical legal studies, the intersection of law and language, and the navigation of the acculturation process by international students.
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Source Citation in Legal Bibliography and Its Impact on Research: A Comparative Examination of Criminal Sentencing Discretion Law and Practice in California and Germany (Pre-Publication Final Draft) TBD (Yale Law Library Citation Symposium Publication) (2022)
This Article describes a comparative research project studying judicial discretion in criminal sentencing in California and Germany. Both jurisdictions have statutory provisions that permit trial court judges to exercise discretion in calculating the length of ...
Course Materials (15)
These are the presentations and handouts that I have created for the legal research and substantive US law courses that I teach at the University of Wuerzburg and elsewhere.
Introduction to the German Legal System Foreign and International Legal Research (2022)
Lecture given to the Foreign and International Legal Research class at the University of Minnesota in 2022. Contents include German legal vocabulary, an overview of the legal system (public law, private law, criminal law) and ...
Creating a Table of Contents and a Table of Authorities in a Microsoft Word Document (2010)
This document provides step-by-step, illustrated instructions for creating a table of contents and a table of authorities in a Microsoft Word document, using Word's TOC and TOA creation utilities. It explains conceptually and practically how ...