Patton Boggs partner Nicholas Allard, current head of the firm's public policy practice, is one of five finalists for dean of the College of Law at the University of Iowa.
The finalists were announced publicly by the law school and reported by the Iowa City Press-Citizen last month. Allard, a graduate of Princeton University and Yale Law School, has taught at George Mason and Georgetown universities, and published articles in several law journals.
"It’s a great law school, a great university and that kind of thing has always appealed to me," Allard said, stressing that the process was still ongoing. "I’m very flattered to be in the running, and we’ll see what happens."
Allard, a prominent Washington lobbyist, is a former chief of staff to the late Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan and also served as legal counsel to the late Sen. Ted Kennedy. His current client list includes the University of Minnesota and the Campaign for U.S.-Afghanistan Partnership.
He is expected to step down as headof the public policy group in May, thanks to the firm's decision to have department heads serve set terms, as The National Law Journal reported last month.