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Mendlow, Gabriel

Professor of Law

922 LR

Gabe Mendlow is a professor of law and professor of philosophy. He teaches and writes in the areas of criminal law, criminal procedure, and moral, political, and legal philosophy. He has been awarded fellowships by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies (Burkhardt Residential Fellowship for Recently Tenured Scholars), the Jacob K. Javits Program, and the Institute for Humane Studies. 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

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"The Moral Ambiguity of Public Prosecution." Yale L.J. (Forthcoming, 2021).

"Thoughts, Crimes, and Thought Crimes." Mich. L. Rev. 118, no. 5 (2020): 841-76.
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"May the State Punish What It May Not Prevent?" Ohio St. J. Crim. L. 17 (2020): 439-44.
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"Demystifying Desert." J. Ethics 24 (2020): 287-94.
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"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 "Thoughts, Crimes, and Thought Crimes" at the Markelloquium (formerly the New York City Criminal Law Theory Colloquium), Brooklyn Law School, October 2019.

Presented "Public Law and Personal Wrongs," Symposium Conference on R.A. Duff's The Realm of Criminal Law, Rutgers University, May 2019.

Presented "Divine Justice and the Library of Babel: Or, Was Al Capone Really Punished For Tax Evasion?," Buchmann Faculty of Law, Tel Aviv University, April 2019.

Presented "Divine Justice and the Library of Babel: Or, Was Al Capone Really Punished For Tax Evasion?," Philosophy Department, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, April 2019.

Presented "Why Is It Wrong to Punish Thought?," Philosophy Department, Rutgers University, March 2019.

Presented "Demystifying Desert," Comments on Gideon Yaffe's The Age of Culpability, Symposium, American Philosophical Association Eastern Division Conference, New York, January 2019.