Craig Allen joined the UW School of Marine Affairs and School of Law faculties in 1996, following his retirement from the U.S. Coast Guard. He was the Honor Graduate in his law school class and served as Editor-in-Chief of the Washington Law Review. At graduation, he received the Vivian Carkeek Prize for legal writing and was inducted into the Order of the Coif and the National Order of Barristers. He was later admitted to practice in Oregon and Washington, the Court of International Trade, the Ninth and Federal Circuits, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and the U.S. Supreme Court. He is a fellow in the Nautical Institute and the Royal Institute of Navigation and a member of the Maritime Law Association. In 2016, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson appointed him to the Department's National Maritime Security Advisory Committee. Allen's teaching and research interests include maritime and international law, national and homeland security law, and Arctic law and policy.