Assistant Professor H. Allen Blair has been promoted to Associate Professor at Hamline University School of Law. He also has received the student-voted honor of "Professor of the Year." In recommending Professor Blair for promotion, the Tenured Faculty Subcommittee of the Appointments, Tenure and Promotion Committee noted that Professor Blair "is an extremely productive faculty member. His teaching, scholarship and service to the school, bar and community are of excellent quality, meeting or exceeding the standards for promotion to Associate Professor."
Professor Blair began his service at Hamline as a visiting assistant professor in the fall semester of 2005-06 and was appointed to the tenure track beginning in the fall semester of 2006-07. He received his B.F.A. (magna cum laude) from the University of North Dakota and his J.D. from Hamline University School of Law. He received his LL.M. as a Kent Scholar (highest honors) from Columbia University School of Law. Professor Blair began his legal career as a law clerk for Federal District Court Judge Paul Magnusson and later was an associate at Greene and Espel, a prominent Twin Cities law firm, where he focused on complex business litigation in the legal courts.
At Hamline he has taught and published in the Contract, Federal Courts, and Commercial Law areas. He has provided exemplary service to the Law School and the University, serving on various Law School and University Committees, acting as a co-coach and co-advisor for the Admiralty and International Moot Courts teams, teaching orientation and ASP workships, judging the first-year oral argument honor round, and serving as an advisor for various independent study projects.
The committee members who visited Professor Blair's classes all rated his teaching as excellent. "Students were attentive, engaged and stimulated to participate. Also, Professor Blair drives students to analyze problems deeply and critically," they noted.
Not surprisingly for a faculty member voted "Professor of the Year," Professor Blair's student evaluations have been uniformly high every year. He also is highly regarded for his open door policy and for effectively using technology for all classes that permit students to conveniently access him via computer with questions.