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The Legal Scholar Award: Nancy A. Allen

The Legal Scholar Award: Nancy A. Allen, a former Greene County assistant prosecutor, teaches law at Missouri State University College of Business in Springfield. She is also the author of two novels in which culture of the Ozarks collides with intricacies of the legal system.

Nancy A. Allen, a former Greene County assistant prosecutor, teaches law at Missouri State University College of Business in Springfield. She is also the author of two novels in which culture of the Ozarks collides with intricacies of the
legal system.

What are some of your proudest career accomplishments? The publication of my novels: “The Code of the Hills” (HarperCollins 2014) and “A Killing at the Creek” (HarperCollins 2015)

Faculty Member of the Year Award, Teaching, Missouri State University College of Business 2012-2013

Faculty Advisor of the Year, 2010-2011 Central Region of the U.S., Alpha
Kappa Psi

 

What inspired you to get involved in the justice system? I wanted to see justice done in my corner of the state, to aid victims of crime, and to assist people with limited access to the legal system.

 

What has been your favorite part of the job? In my youth, I found trying cases before juries to be exciting, exhilarating, and satisfying. At age 58, I prefer shining a light on the justice system for the benefit of my students and my readers.

 

What is something that would surprise people about you? I curse like a sailor. (Though now that my books are in print, that secret is probably out of the bag.)

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