- Columbia University Law School, New York, New York, J.S.D. (A.B.D., anticipated 2016)
- Columbia University Law School, New York, New York, LL.M., James Kent Scholar (Highest Honors)
- Hamline University School of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota, JD, Summa Cum Laude (Highest Honors)
- University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, North Dakota, MA in English
- University of North Dakota, BFA in Theatre Arts, Magna Cum Laude
- Robins Kaplan Distinguished Professor, Mitchell Hamline School of Law (2015-present)
- Assistant and Associate Professor, Hamline University School of Law (2006-2015)
- Associate Professor, Hamline Grad. School of Management (2007, 2009-2013)
- Attorney, Greene Espel PLLP (2003-2006)
- Judicial Clerk, Hon. Paul A. Magnuson, U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota (2001-2003)
Allen Blair is the Robins Kaplan Distinguished Professor of Litigation Skills and International Dispute Resolution and a Senior Fellow in the Dispute Resolution Institute at Mitchell Hamline School of Law. He teaches and writes about contracts, contract theory, law and economics, commercial law and arbitration. Additionally, he teaches in and is the onsite director for Mitchell Hamline’s Certificate Program in Global Arbitration Law and Practice in London, which run in cooperation with the School of International Arbitration at Queen Mary University.
In addition to regularly giving academic lectures and presentations, Allen uses his expertise to assist clients in complex commercial disputes. He has successfully assisted national corporations, accounting firms, closely-held businesses and individuals in all phases of such disputes, from pre-litigation to trial. Allen also frequently works on a pro bono basis with the Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights, representing individuals seeking political asylum in the United States
- State of Minnesota
- United States District Court, District of Minnesota
- Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals
- The Line Between Mockery and Efficiency: The Normative Implications of Private Process, forthcoming 2016.
- Finely Tuned: Calibrating Procedure Through Contract, forthcoming 2016.
- May an Air Carrier that Reports Suspicious Activity be Denied Statutory Immunity Without a Determination that the Report is Materially False?, 41 ABA Preview 128 (2013).
- Is Less Really More? Hall Street Associates, Private Procedural Ordering and Expanded Review of Arbitral Awards in State Courts, 5 Yearbook on Arbitration and Mediation 74 (2013).
- Hard Cases Under the Convention on the International Sale of Goods: A Proposed Taxonomy of Interpretive Challenges, 21 Duke Journal of Comparative & International Law 269 (2011).
- What Law Governs the Rail Leg of an International Multimodal Bill of Lading?, 37 ABA Preview 271 (2010).
- Where is Emily Litella When You Need Her?: The Unsuccessful Effort to Craft a General Theory of Obligation of Promise for Benefit Received, 28 Quinnipiac Law Review 385 (2010). With E. Butterfoss.
- A Matter of Trust: Should No-Reliance Clauses Bar Claims for Fraudulent Inducement of Contract?, 92 Marquette Law Review 423 (2009).
- How Ashcroft v. Iqbal will Change Your Life (Well, at Least Your Professional One), 3 BAR TALK, Oct. 21, 2009, at 5.
REPRESENTATIVE LECTURING AND PRSENTATIONS
- Finely Tuned: Calibrating Procedure through Contract, paper presentation, Law & Economics Workshop, Columbia University Law School, New York (2014)
- Finely Tuned: Calibrating Procedure through Contract, paper presentation, Annual International Contracts Conference, St. Thomas Law School, Miami (2014)
- Primitive Fears: The Limits of Contractual Consent to Intentional Torts, paper presentation, Oxford University Law School (2013)
- Licenses to Lie: Consenting to Fraud, paper presentation, Oxford University Law School, Ph.D. student roundtable (2013)
- Is Less Really More? The U.S. Supreme Court’s Stance on Expanded Judicial Review in State Courts, paper presentation, Symposium on The Role of Courts: Judicial Review of Arbitral Awards and Mediated Settlement Agreements at Penn. State Dickenson Law School (2013)
- A Lifeline for Mandated Disclosure: Why Mandated Disclosures Might Matter, at Least Some of the Time, paper presentation, Spring International Contracts Conference, Thomas Jefferson School of Law (2012)
- Arbitration, Combinations of Processes, Drafting and Planning, 10-day intensive course, University of Deusto Law, Bilbao, Spain (2012 and 2011)
- The Business of Sharing: The Role of Contract in Collaborative Consumption, paper presentation, Spring International Contracts Conference, Stetson University School of Law (2011)
- The Value of Open-Textured Standards in International Sales Law, paper presentation, Strum College of Law, University of Denver (2010)
- Consenting to a Lie: Justifications for the Enforcement of No-Reliance Clauses, paper presentation, Spring International Contracts Conference, William S. Boyd School of Law, University of Nevada, Las Vegas (2010)
- Seller Liability for Fraud, Misrepresentation, and Warranty, short lecture to non-lawyer sales representatives at Pfizer Animal Health (2010)
- Hard Cases Under the Convention on the International Sale of Goods, paper presentation, Central States Law School Association Annual Conference and Meeting, Capital University Law School (2009)
- Boundaries of the Sun: Medellin v. Texas and the Challenges of Supranational Adjudication, paper presentation, Columbia Law School, New York, (2009)
- The Casualties of Dueling State Antisuit Injunctions, Continuing Legal Education Materials and Presentation to the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office (2007)
- International Contracting and the Convention on the International Sale of Goods, Continuing Legal Education Materials and Presentation for a Fall 2006 CLE Symposium entitled, Globalization: It’s Changing Your Practice Too (2006)
- In-House Counsel as Witnesses: The Attorney-Client Privilege and Work Product Doctrine in the Commercial Context, Continuing Legal Education Materials and Presentation for the Association of Corporate Counsel and 3M’s Office of General Counsel (2004)
REPRESENTATIVE AWARDS AND RECOGNITION
- Named Robins Kaplan Distinguished Professor of Litigation Skills and International Dispute Resolution, 2015
- Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (MCIArb) (2016)
- Named Senior Fellow, Dispute Resolution Institute, Mitchell Hamline School of Law, 2015
- Research Fellowship, Columbia University Law School, J.S.D. Program (2012-15)
- Visiting Scholar, Oxford University Law School (2012-13)
- Named “Professor of the Year” for the 2009-10 Academic Year, Hamline University School of Law
- Named “Professor of the Year” for the 2008-09 Academic Year, Hamline University School of Law
- Columbia Law School Commercial Law Fellow, 2007-08
- Race, Gender and Beyond Grant in 2006-07, “Beyond ‘Perspectivelessness’: Race, Gender, Class and Culture in the Core Law School Curriculum” (Collaboration With Four Other Faculty Members)
- Named a Rising Star in the Twin Cities Legal Community for 2005 and 2006 by the Minnesota Journal of Law and Politics
- Coach for the Wilem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot, Mitchell Hamline School of Law (2015-present)
- American Association of Law Schools, Member (2005 - present)
- Planning Committee Member for 2006 Annual Conference Presentation on Cyberbullying (2006)
- Volunteer Lawyers Network, Bankruptcy and Consumer Affairs Volunteer Attorney (2008- present)
- Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights, Volunteer Attorney for Asylum Project (2003 – present)
- Coach for Admiralty Law Moot Court Team, Hamline University School of Law (2002 – 2013)
- Board Member, Frank Theater (2009 – 2011)
- Volunteer Attorney for the Public Health Advocacy Institute, the Public Health Law Program and the Oregon Primary Care Association, analyzing Pouring Rights Contracts on Behalf of Public School Districts in California, Washington, and Oregon. (2006)
- Minnesota Bar Association Unemployment Compensation Appeals Project, Volunteer Attorney (2003 – 2006)