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Mendlow, Gabriel

Professor of Law

337 Hutchins Hall

Gabe Mendlow teaches and writes in the areas of criminal law, tort law, moral philosophy, and philosophy of law. Professor Mendlow served for several years as a special assistant U.S. attorney in the U.S. Attorney's Office in Detroit, where he handled trial-level and appellate cases involving guns, drugs, fraud, theft, and counterfeiting. He previously served as a law clerk to Justice Richard N. Palmer of the Connecticut Supreme Court and as a postdoctoral associate in law and philosophy at Yale University. Professor Mendlow holds a JD from Yale Law School, a PhD in philosophy from Princeton University, and an AB in social studies from Harvard College. He is a member of the Connecticut Bar.

See Professor Mendlow's CV.

Recent Publications

"Thoughts, Crimes, and Thought Crimes." Mich. L. Rev. (Forthcoming, 2020).

"The Elusive Object of Punishment." Legal Theory 25, no. 2 (2019): 105-31.
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"Why is it Wrong to Punish Thought?" Yale L.J. 127, no. 8 (2018): 2342-86.
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"Divine Justice and the Library of Babel: Or, Was Al Capone Really Punished for Tax Evasion?" Ohio St. J. Crim. L. 16, no. 1 (2018): 181-205.
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Presented "The Unity of Action and the Action as Object: Unsung Principles of Criminal Law" at the UC-Irvine Legal Philosophy Workshop, April 2018.

Presented "Why Is It Wrong to Punish Thought?" to the University of Toronto Criminal Law Theory Lab, March 2018.

Presented "Why Is It Wrong to Punish Thought?" at the Queen's University Faculty of Law, February 2018.

Presented "Divine Justice and the Library of Babel" at the University of Toledo College of Law, October 2017.

Presented "The Obscure Object of Punishment" at Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, May 2017.

Presented "Terror, Treason, and the Reach of the Act Requirement" at the Analytical Legal Philosophy Conference, April 2017.

Presented "Punishing Pure Thought" at the American Philosophical Association Central Division Conference, March 2017.

Presented "Thought Crime" at the London School of Economics, October 2016.

Presented "Thought Crime" at Oxford University, October 2016.

Presented "Thought Crime" at Yale Law School, September 2016.