Ronald J. Allen

John Henry Wigmore Professor of Law


Professor Allen is the John Henry Wigmore Professor of Law at Northwestern University, in Chicago, IL.  He did his undergraduate work in mathematics at Marshall University and studied law at the University of Michigan.  He is an internationally recognized expert in the fields of evidence, criminal procedure, and constitutional law.  He has published seven books and over 100 articles in major law reviews.  He has been quoted in national news outlets hundreds of times, and appears regularly on national broadcast media on matters ranging from constitutional law to criminal justice.  He has worked with various groups in China to help formulate proposals for legal reform, and he was recently retained by the Tanzanian Government to assist in the reform of their evidence law.

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Areas of Expertise

  • Criminal Procedure
  • Evidence
  • Constitutional Law

Selected Publications

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  • BS magna cum laude, Marshall University
  • JD magna cum laude, University of Michigan

Prior Appointments

  • Professor of Law, Duke University
  • Professor of Law, University of Iowa
  • Associate Professor of Law, Assistant Professor of Law, State University of New York at Buffalo

Recent Consulting Activities

  • Of Counsel, Eimer Stahl Klevor & Solberg

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