Professor Collins to direct externship program

RALEIGH, N.C. – Campbell Law School Dean J. Rich Leonard has announced that Allegra Collins will join the faculty in a permanent position as an assistant clinical professor and director of the externship program beginning with the 2016-17 academic year. Collins has served as the interim director of Campbell Law’s legal research and writing program and a visiting assistant professor of law throughout the current academic year.

“Allegra is ideally suited by personality, intelligence and experience to oversee this most critical piece of our curriculum,” said Leonard.

Collins will inherit the externship program from its architect, longtime Campbell Law professor and former United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina Margaret Currin, who will retire at the end of the academic year. The program positions students to gain experience in public service, non-profit, corporate, and pro bono environments. The National Jurist ranked Campbell Law’s program 27th nationally in September 2013. Eighty-five percent of recent graduates completed one or more externships as a part of Campbell Law’s signature program.

“I am honored to be entrusted with continuing Professor Currin’s pioneering work,” said Collins. “She has always been one of Campbell Law’s treasures and I am excited about inheriting her legacy. I look forward to working with Campbell Law students and the community to help ensure the program’s ongoing success.”

Collins is an appellate attorney with extensive experience in appellate law and the North Carolina appellate court system. She is the founding member of Allegra Collins Law, a law firm which focuses exclusively on appellate litigation in North Carolina. She is a member of the Appellate Rules Committee of the North Carolina Bar Association, the Appellate Practice Section of the North Carolina Bar Association, and the Legal Writing Institute.

Prior to joining the Campbell Law full-time, Collins served as an adjunct professor of legal research and writing at Campbell Law and worked at the North Carolina Supreme Court as an assistant appellate reporter. She also spent more than three years at the North Carolina Court of Appeals as a law clerk to the Honorable Linda Stephens.

A 2006 Campbell Law graduate, Collins focused her educational pursuits on appellate advocacy and legal writing. Her moot court teams were regional finalists at the National Appellate Advocacy Competition and the ABA Appellate Advocacy Competition, and she was awarded the Order of Old Kivett for outstanding appellate advocacy. She was also a legal research and writing scholar and received the I. Beverly Lake Constitutional Law Award for outstanding writing in constitutional law.

Collins completed her undergraduate studies at UCLA and the College of William and Mary, where she played on the varsity tennis teams. At UCLA, she was a member of the NCAA finalist and semi-final tennis teams. Collins also represented the United States at the Pan American Games in 1999 and 2003 as a member of the Unites States Women’s Team Handball Team. Conversant in Italian, she taught English in Italy and worked as an internet application consultant in Europe and the United States prior to law school. Collins and her husband, Superior Court Judge Bryan Collins, are the proud parents of two children.

Since its founding in 1976, Campbell Law School has developed lawyers who possess moral conviction, social compassion and professional competence, and who view the law as a calling to serve others. The school has been recognized by the American Bar Association (ABA) as having the nation’s top Professionalism Program and by the American Academy of Trial Lawyers for having the nation’s best Trial Advocacy Program. Campbell Law boasts more than 3,800 alumni, including more than 3,000 who reside and work in North Carolina. In September 2009, Campbell Law relocated to a state-of-the-art building in downtown Raleigh. For more information, visit

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