Allen joined Children’s Law Center in 2011 to lead our appellate team, after spending 30 years in private practice at Hogan & Hartson (now Hogan Lovells). At Hogan, he engaged in a wide-ranging trial and appellate litigation practice, including heading the firm’s litigation practice group for 15 years. He also served as chair of the DC Court of Appeals’ Board on Professional Responsibility and of the DC Circuit’s Board on Admissions and Grievances, and served on the Board of the Washington Council of Lawyers for 16 years. He also clerked for the U.S. Supreme Court in the 1971 term. After retiring from private practice, Allen and his wife served as emergency foster parents for numerous neglected and abused children in Montgomery County before falling in love with and adopting Ceci, who arrived in their family in 2005 when she was two months old. He and his wife have two wonderful older daughters as well.