Allison, a Detroit native earned dual B.A. in Public Policy and Public Administration and Interdisciplinary Studies in Social Science with a concentration in Economics from Michigan State University. Upon graduating in 2007, she accepted a position as a Legislative Analyst with State Senator Buzz Thomas (D-Detroit). In 2009, she enrolled in Wayne State University Law School as a Dean’s Scholar. While at Wayne, Allison worked as a law Clerk for Goodman and Hurwitz, P.C., a Detroit-based civil rights firm founded by William Goodman, the former Legal Director of the Center for Constitutional Rights in New York, and long-time civil rights activist and attorney Julie Hurwitz. Allison also worked for the Michigan State Appellate Defender Office, where she did appeals for indigent convicted criminals, and the United States House of Representatives.
As a Wayne Law student, Allison was the recipient of the Eugene Driker Endowed Scholarship, Wade McCree Memorial Endowed Scholarship, Weiss Memorial Endowed Scholarship and three-time recipient of the Ken Cockrel, Sr., Memorial Endowed Scholarship.