Nicholas W. Allard is President and Joseph Crea Dean, and Professor of Law at Brooklyn Law School. Under his leadership, the Law School introduced a new two-year J.D. program, created the Center for Urban Business Entrepreneurship (CUBE), and instituted a comprehensive package of initiatives to make a legal education more affordable and accessible.
Nick also serves as Senior Counsel in the Public Policy and Regulation practice at Dentons, a global law firm with presence in more than 50 countries. Before joining the Law School in 2012, Nick served as chair of the Public Policy Department and co-chair of the Government Advocacy Practice Group at Patton Boggs in Washington, D.C. His clients included domestic and international organizations that were startups, Fortune 500 companies, nonprofits, and public and private universities. Before joining Patton Boggs, he was a partner at Latham & Watkins, where he chaired the firm’s Government Relations Group.
Nick began his legal career after graduating from Oxford University (Rhodes Scholar) and Yale Law School. He was a law clerk in San Francisco and Washington, D.C., worked on Capitol Hill for the late Senators Edward Kennedy and Daniel Patrick Moynihan, and was a partner at Latham & Watkins for over a decade, where he chaired the firm’s Government Relations Group before joining Patton Boggs. Nick is the recipient of multiple honors and awards for his work. This includes a top ranking in “Government Relations” by Chambers USA in 2012, a 2010 Visionary Award from the National Journal-Legal Times, recognition as one of D.C.’s “Top Lobbyists” by The Hill from 2008 to 2011, and a Hermes Award for Contribution to Study of Communications from the Syracuse University College of Law. He has served on numerous academic boards, taught at several law schools, and published scholarly articles on a broad range of issues, including Internet law, new media, and privacy. At Brooklyn Law School he teaches courses on Government Advocacy and Privacy Law in a Digital World.
A major supporter of the international celebration of the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, Nick served on the American Bar Association Standing Committee of the Law Library of Congress, in which position he was deeply involved in the development of the Magna Carta traveling exhibit, which Brooklyn Law School hosts from September 14 to 28.