Alison K. Guernsey is a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Iowa College of Law where she teaches in and directs the Federal Criminal Defense Clinic. Under her supervision, law students represent indigent individuals charged with federal offenses in the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Iowa. Students also practice before the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Eighth and Sixth Circuits.
Before joining the faculty, Alison was the Supervising Attorney for the Federal Defenders of Eastern Washington and Idaho, where she provided direct representation to indigent individuals charged with federal crimes at every stage of the criminal process. Prior to her employment with the Federal Defenders, Alison clerked for the Honorable Michael J. Melloy, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit (Cedar Rapids, IA), and the Honorable Karen Nelson Moore, U.S Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit (Cleveland, OH). Alison is a graduate of the University of Iowa College of Law and received her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan.