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About Allen

About Allen Mendenhall 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, a Mises Emerging Scholar with the Ludwig von Mises Institute Canada, and a Humane Studies Fellow with the Institute for Humane Studies.  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 humanities department, a law school, a Japanese private school, and a penitentiary. 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.

My writing has appeared or is forthcoming in The Journal Jurisprudence, The Texas Review of Law & PoliticsCanadian Journal of Law & Jurisprudence, The South Carolina ReviewAcademic QuestionsPacific Standard, Modern Age, The Georgetown Journal of Law & Modern Critical Race Perspectives, Southern Humanities Review, PEER English, British Journal of American Legal Studies, The Salisbury Review, storySouthThe Michigan State Journal of International Law, Libertarian Papers, The American ConservativeThe University Bookman, The FreemanModernist Cultures,, The International Journal of Baudrillard Studies, Counterpunch,, The Legendary, Faulkner Law ReviewThe Front Porch Republic, The Journal of Ayn Rand Studies, The Student Lawyer, West Virginia History, Taki’s Magazine, The ConversationThe Sigma Tau Delta Review, Chronicles, The Aroostook Review, The West Virginia Lawyer, The Oregon Commentator, 49th Parallel, Mises Daily, Inquire, The Alabama LawyerStudies in Emergent Order, The West Virginia Record, Brazzil Magazine, Liberty, Tributaries, The Dominion PostKestrel, The American SpectatorThe Christian LawyerMontgomery AdvertiserBirmingham Arts Journal, The Imaginative ConservativeAnthology of Appalachian Writers, Journal of Liberty and Society, Journal of Christian Legal Thought, and The Independent Review.  I live in Auburn, Alabama, with my wife and two children and blog at The Literary Lawyer and themendenhall.