Allen Mendenhall is an associate dean at Faulkner University Thomas Goode Jones School of Law and executive director of the Blackstone & Burke Center for Law & Liberty. His 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), and The Southern Philosopher: Collected Essays of John William Corrington (2017).
He holds 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. He edits Southern Literary Review and has 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. He is an elected member of the Philadelphia Society, 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. He has taught in university English departments, a humanities department, a law school, a business school, a Japanese private school, and a penitentiary, and has served on the board of directors or editorial board of several organizations and publications. While in private practice in Atlanta, he represented non-profit corporations and litigated cases involving real property, contracts, collections, foreclosures, restrictive covenants, and real-estate transactions.
He has authored hundreds of publications. His 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, Academic Questions, Georgetown Journal of Law and Modern Critical Race Perspectives, Michigan State Journal of International Law, The Independent Review, Libertarian Papers, Modernist Cultures, and The British Journal of American Legal Studies. His writing for popular media has appeared or is forthcoming in Newsweek, The American Spectator, Pacific Standard, The Hill, The Los Angeles Review of Books, The American Conservative, The Daily Caller, The Freeman, Liberty, The University Bookman, Chronicles, The Christian Lawyer, The Conversation, and elsewhere. He has 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. His work has been discussed in Forbes, The 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 Abbeville Institute, the National Association of Scholars, and the Libertarian Alliance. He frequently appears on radio and television on networks as wide-ranging as Alabama Public Television, Al-Jazeera, and BBC World News. He lives in Auburn, Alabama, with his wife and two children and blogs at The Literary Lawyer, Letter & Spirit, and themendenhall.