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William P. Allison

  • Clinical Professor;
  • Director - Criminal Defense Clinic


  • JD University of Texas at Austin
  • BA The University of the South

William P. Allison is a retired Clinical Professor of Law, Director of the Criminal Defense Clinic and retired Founding Co-director of the Actual Innocence Clinic at the University Of Texas School Of Law. Prior to re-joining the faculty full-time, Mr. Allison practiced law in Austin, Texas, for thirty-two years. For four years prior to joining the faculty full-time in 1975, Mr. Allison supervised UT Law students in court under his first mentor, Professor Jack Sampson. There he concentrated on federal civil rights litigation. Beginning in 1975 he served for twenty-seven as a supervising attorney in the Criminal Defense Clinic. fir 15 ninths in 2002-2003, Mr. Allison, David Sheppard and the late Professor Robert Dawson created and began teaching the Actual Innocence Clinic and served on its non-profit board, the Texas Center for Actual Innocence. He is a Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law from the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. From 1995-2002, Mr. Allison taught a seminar entitled "Franz Kafka and the Systems of Punishment" in the Plan II Honors Program at the University of Texas at Austin. Mr. Allison has also taught over fifty trial advocacy courses for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy and numerous law schools and other organizations across the nation. Until June, 1999, he served as Editor-in-Chief of Voice for the Defense, the magazine of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. Until 2004 when he returned to full-time teaching Professor Allison was recognized in The Best Lawyers in America; was honored by the State Bar of Texas as Outstanding Criminal Defense Lawyer of the Year, 2000-2001, and was selected as a "Super Lawyer" by Texas Monthly Magazine before retiring from private practice. Mr. Allison grew up in Beaumont, Texas, graduated from the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee and from the University Of Texas School Of Law in 1971. He is a retired United States Naval officer having served with the Navy's River Patrol Forces in /Vietnam and part of a second tour as the Executive Officer of Mobile Training Team Two. After 44 years of teaching and supervising UT Law students in courts, Prof. Allison retired from UT at the end of May 2015. He does not know what he will do when he grows up.

Recent Activities

  • Speech


    National Innocence Network Annual Conference

    In March 2007, spoke to a group at the National Innocence Network's annual conference at Harvard on a project in progress of the Texas Center for Actual Innocence; a psychological model for testing the veracity of recanting witnesses in sexual assault innocence cases. It is a joint project with Matthew Ferrera, PhD, a forensic psychologist in Austin. The model is currently being tested by Dr. Ferrera on innocence cases being handled by UT students in the Actual Innocence Clinic.

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Contact Information

William P. Allison

Work (512) 232-1463

Office: CCJ 4.302A
The University of Texas at Austin
727 E Dean Keeton Street
Austin, TX 78705

Faculty Assistant

Kimberly E. Waters
(512) 232-6325

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