Francis A. Allen graced the law faculties of five universities in the course of a remarkable, forty-six-year teaching career. In that time, he established himself as one of the half-dozen greatest twentieth-century American scholars of criminal law and criminal procedure.
Allen’s writings in the 1950s on the right to counsel, police interrogation, and search and seizure were foundational. His articles made him a model for countless law professors, because his treatment of an issue, however explosive, was always evenhanded and open minded. He participated in the actions of his time, but not the passions.