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Mendlow, Gabriel

Assistant Professor of Law

337 Hutchins Hall

Gabe Mendlow is an assistant professor of law and assistant professor of philosophy. He 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.

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Recent Publications

"Divine Justice and the Library of Babel." Ohio St. J. Crim. L. (Forthcoming).

The Elusive Object of Punishment. University of Michigan Public Law Research Paper No. 580. Working Paper.
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"Why is it Wrong to Punish Thought?" Yale L.J. 127, no. 8 (2018): 2342-86.
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"Theories of the Common Law of Torts." J. Coleman and S. Hershovitz, co-authors. In Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Winter 2015 ed., edited by E. N. Zalta. Stanford, Calif.: Metaphysics Research Lab, Stanford University, 2015.
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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.

"Thought Crime" at the Harvard/Stanford/Yale Junior Faculty Forum, June 2016.

Presented "Thought Crime" at UCLA Law School, February 2016.