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Allen Mendenhall

Adjunct Professor of English and Law, Faulkner University

I am a writer, attorney, editor, speaker, literary critic, and the author of Literature and Liberty: Essays in Libertarian Literary Criticism. As of January 2013, I am a staff attorney for Chief Justice Roy S. Moore of the Supreme Court of Alabama.

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, and LL.M. in transnational law from Temple University Beasley School of Law. I am a Ph.D. candidate at Auburn University, where I received a Graduate Dean Fellowship. I edit Southern Literary Review and have been an adjunct legal associate at the Cato Institute as well as a Humane Studies Fellow with the Institute for Humane Studies in Arlington, Virginia. I am an elected member of The Philadelphia Society, an associate of The Abbeville Institute, and the president of the Montgomery Lawyers’ Chapter of the Federalist Society. I have taught in university English departments, a law school, a Japanese private school, and a penitentiary and have studied at the University of London (Birkbeck College), the Shakespeare Institute of the University of Birmingham, Centro Universitario Vila Velha, Fundacao Getulio Vargas (Direito Rio), and the Tokyo campus of Temple University Beasley School of Law. 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 have authored over 100 publications in law reviews, peer reviewed journals, magazines, newspapers, literary periodicals, and encyclopedias. I live in Auburn, Alabama, with my wife and two children and blog at The Literary Lawyer and themendenhall.


  • –present
    Adjunct Professor of English and Law and Staff Attorney to the Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, Faulkner University


  • 2012 
    Auburn University, A.B.D.
  • 2011 
    Temple University Beasley School of Law, LL.M.
  • 2009 
    West Virginia University, M.A.
  • 2009 
    West Virginia University College of Law, J.D.
  • 2005 
    Furman University, B.A.