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Law School welcomes three new faculty members

Alena Allen, Caleb N. Griffin and Blair Druhan Bullock joined the faculty of the U of A School of Law. June 1.

"Our new faculty are exceptional educators, academics and community builders, bringing a wealth of professional achievement, knowledge and experience to our law school," said Margaret Sova McCabe, dean of the law school. "Professors Allen, Griffin, and Bullock will enable us to expand our curricular offering, strengthen our contributions to national research and publishing areas, and enhance the campus' collaborative, innovative, diversity, and inclusion priorities. We are delighted to have them."


Alena Allen joins law school as Associate Dean of Faculty Research and Development and Professor of Law. For the past decade, Allen taught family law, health law electives, torts, and feminist jurisprudence at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law. She also served as co-director of the University of Memphis Campus Wide Racism Eradication Initiative, Memphis Law School Senator (2020-21), Director of Diversity (2017-18), and Director of Research for Memphis Law School (2020-21). ).

Allen's research interests include the intersection of health policy and critical feminist theory. His work has recently been published in North Carolina Law Review Fordham Law Review and Ohio State Law Journal . He is currently a member of the Executive Committee of the Scholarship Section of the Association of American Law Schools and of the Peer Review Committee of the Food and Drug Law Institute.

Allen has received many awards and honors, including the MLK50 Faculty Service Award for demonstrating outstanding service to the University of Memphis, the Memphis law school and legal community; the Farris Bobango Faculty Scholarship Award for an outstanding teaching scholarship; and Teacher of the Year award from the class of 2013. She was also selected as a member of the Tennessee Board of Regents Maxine Smith Higher Education Administration Fellow in 2015 and as an American Society of Medicine, Law, and Ethics / Saint Louis University Health Law Scholar in 2012-13.

He holds a Juris Doctor from Yale Law School and graduated magna cum laude from Loyola University with a BA in psychology.


Caleb Griffin joins law school as an assistant professor. Griffin's research focuses on corporate law, corporate governance, and technology regulation. In particular, his recent work has critically examined the critical role that asset managers play in environmental, social, and governance initiatives in public companies. In his most recent article, "Systemically Important Platforms," ​​he proposes innovative strategies to regulate Big Tech. His scholarship has appeared or will be published soon in Cornell Law Review Maryland Law Review Delaware Journal of Corporate Law SMU Law Review and Columbia Business Law Review .

Before joining law school, Griffin taught Contracts, Trade Associations, Secured Transactions, and related courses at Regent University School of Law, where he was awarded Professor of the Year twice. He also practiced corporate law at Vinson & Elkins LLP in Houston, Texas.

Griffin graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School with a Juris Doctor degree.


Blair D. Bullock joins law school as an assistant professor. Bullock most recently served as the Murphy Visiting Assistant Professor at Tulane Law School. His interdisciplinary fellowship and research is primarily focused on employment discrimination and the labor market, empirically analyzing the impact of regulations, legislation, court decisions, and agency guidance on the filing and outcome of legal actions and outcomes. social. The Bullock Fellowship has appeared or will be published soon in Alabama Law Review Washington and Lee Law Review and the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Economics and Finance .

Before joining the academy, Bullock was Clerk to Judge Stephen A. Higginson of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. He then spent time in private practice representing national corporations in civil litigation, including labor and employment disputes, state taxes, and contracts. His experience includes long and short writings, both at the trial and appeal level, and in arbitration. He was also a member of a pro bono trial team that obtained the exoneration of a wrongfully convicted man who spent more than 14 years incarcerated in Florida


Bullock received his Ph.D. in law and economics and her Juris Doctor from Vanderbilt University, where she also served as executive editor of Vanderbilt Law Review .

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