Allyson was born and raised in New Orleans and graduated from Louisiana State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with a concentration in Criminology and a minor in Philosophy. After graduating from Louisiana State University, Allyson received her Juris Doctorate from Loyola University College of Law and graduated cum laude. During law school, she served on the executive boards for the Student Bar Association, Phi Delta Phi Legal Honor Society, and Maritime Law Society and was a member of the Federal Bar Association and Loyola’s Maritime Law Journal. During law school, Allyson served as a legal research and writing teaching assistant for two years and received the Law Excellence Award in Trial Advocacy and Civil Law Property.
As a Rule XX student practitioner with the Jefferson Parish District Attorney’s Office, Allyson successfully tried two criminal cases in the 24th Judicial District Court. She received the J. Skelly Wright Award for Exceptional Oral Ability for winning first place oralist in Loyola’s Moot Court competition. Allyson’s team won first place in the Loyola Trial Advocacy Intramural Competition where she received the award for Best Direct Examination. Allyson was also recognized nationally when she was selected as one of ten law school graduates to the National Order of the Barristers for excellence in oral advocacy.
She has competed on Loyola’s National First Amendment Moot Court team, the John L. Costello National Criminal Law Trial Advocacy Competition, and the American Association of Justice Trial Advocacy Competition where she was a runner-up defense attorney.
Allyson externed for the Honorable Jay C. Zainey and the Honorable Janis van Meerveld in the Eastern District of Louisiana. She is the recipient of Loyola’s Dean’s Scholarship and Loyola’s Lanasa Greco Providence Scholarship as well as the American Association of Justice’s Leesfield Scholarship.