Allen Mendenhall

I am an associate dean at Faulkner University Thomas Goode Jones School of Law and executive director of the Blackstone & Burke Center for Law & Liberty. My books include Literature and Liberty: Essays in Libertarian Literary Criticism (2014), Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., Pragmatism, and the Jurisprudence of Agon: Aesthetic Dissent and the Common Law (2017), Of Bees and Boys: Lines from a Southern Lawyer (2017), The Southern Philosopher: Collected Essays of John William Corrington (2017), and Writers on Writing: Conversations with Allen Mendenhall (2018).

I hold a B.A. in English from Furman University, M.A. in English from West Virginia University, J.D. from West Virginia University College of Law, LL.M. in transnational law from Temple University Beasley School of Law, and Ph.D. in English from Auburn University. I edit Southern Literary Review and have been an adjunct legal associate at the Cato Institute, a Mises Emerging Scholar with the Ludwig von Mises Institute Canada, an associate of the Abbeville Institute, a Humane Studies Fellow with the Institute for Humane Studies, a staff attorney for Chief Justice Roy S. Moore of the Supreme Court of Alabama, and an assistant attorney general in the State of Alabama Office of Attorney General Luther Strange.  I am an elected member and trustee of the Philadelphia Society, an associated scholar at the Ludwig von Mises Institute, a policy adviser for the Heartland Institute, president of the Alabama Association of Scholars, and president of the Montgomery Lawyers Chapter of the Federalist Society. I have taught in university English departments, a humanities department, a law school, a business school, a Japanese private school, and a penitentiary, and have served on the board of directors or editorial board of several organizations and publications. While in private practice in Atlanta, I represented non-profit corporations and litigated cases involving real property, contracts, collections, foreclosures, restrictive covenants, and real-estate transactions. I am a graduate of Leadership Lee County (Alabama), the Alabama State Bar Leadership Forum (Class 14), and the Atlas Leadership Academy of Atlas Network.

I have authored hundreds of publications.  My academic writing has appeared or is forthcoming in such peer-reviewed journals and law reviews as The Journal Jurisprudence, The Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence, The Texas Review of Law and Politics, European Journal of Pragmatism and American Philosophy, The South Carolina Review, UMKC Law ReviewUniversity of Dayton Law Review, Indiana Law JournalElon Law ReviewAcademic Questions, Georgetown Journal of Law and Modern Critical Race PerspectivesMichigan State Journal of International LawThe Independent ReviewLibertarian PapersQuarterly Journal of Austrian EconomicsModernist Cultures, and The British Journal of American Legal Studies.  My writing for popular media has appeared or is forthcoming in NewsweekThe Wall Street JournalThe Washington TimesThe American Spectator, Pacific Standard, The HillThe Los Angeles Review of Books, The American Conservative, The Daily CallerThe FederalistThe FreemanLibertyThe University Bookman, ChroniclesThe Christian Lawyer, The Conversation, and elsewhere.  I have spoken or delivered papers at Harvard University, Brown University, Georgetown University Law Center, George Mason University, University of British Columbia, University of Nevada-Las Vegas, Auburn University, West Virginia University, the Alabama State Capitol, and other universities and locations.  I have been quoted or cited in ForbesThe Washington PostThe National Review, Times Higher Education, Inside Higher Education, and U.S. News and World Report, and published by such organizations as the Ludwig von Mises Institute, the Ludwig von Mises Institute Canada, the Mercatus Center, the Foundation for Economic Education, the Independent Institute, the Rockford Institute, the Russell Kirk Center for Cultural Renewal, the American Ideas Institute, the Heartland Institute, the Abbeville Institute, the National Association of Scholars, the James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal, and the Libertarian Alliance. I frequently appear on radio and television on networks as wide-ranging as Alabama Public Television, Al-Jazeera, and BBC World News.  I live in Auburn, Alabama, with my wife and two children and blog at The Literary LawyerLetter & Spirit, and themendenhall.

Any views or opinions expressed on this website are my own and do not reflect the views or opinions of my current or past employers.



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