Welcome to The Literary Lawyer: A Forum for the Legal and Literary Communities, edited by Allen Mendenhall.
The Literary Lawyer is a forum for writers, teachers, artists, poets, intellectuals, lawyers, musicians, actors, and the like. Topics addressed here include history, philosophy, languages, jurisprudence, semiotics, literature, performing arts, theater, poetry, music, religion, and art. In short, The Literary Lawyer is a site for the humanities. The Literary Lawyer features short articles, news updates, poetry, book reviews, interviews, and book outlines and summaries. The site is educational in purpose and does not generate profit.
All writings at The Literary Lawyer were prepared by their authors in a personal capacity. All views or opinions expressed on this blog belong to the authors of those views or opinions. No views or opinions reflect those of authors’ employers or any individual, government agency or institution, or any other entity unless otherwise specified.
The content on this website is ideologically diverse and at times idiosyncratic. This site is not about partisan or political allegiances but about good faith contributions to the sum of knowledge. Although certain polemical or politicized pieces may appear on this site, submissions are evaluated not on preferred political loyalties or convictions but on the rigor, complexity, originality, and constructiveness of the piece. Submissions are not considered for political criteria alone because this site seeks to facilitate, not impede, the free exchange of information and ideas.
Allen Mendenhall, the founder and editor of this site, is Associate Dean and Executive Director of the Blackstone Center for Law and Liberty at Faulkner University and the author of Literature and Liberty: Essays in Libertarian Literary Criticism (2014).
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 the Attorney General. He is an elected member of The Philadelphia Society, a policy adviser for the Heartland Institute, 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. 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.
His academic writing has appeared or is forthcoming in, among other peer-reviewed journals and law reviews, 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, Southern Humanities Review, 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 Los Angeles Review of Books, The American Conservative, 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 lives in Auburn, Alabama, with his wife and two children.