Gabe Mendlow is a professor of law and professor of philosophy at the University of Michigan Law School. He teaches and writes in the areas of criminal law; criminal procedure; and moral, political, and legal philosophy.
Professor Mendlow’s current research focuses on issues at the intersection of criminal law and freedom of thought. He has been awarded fellowships by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies (Burkhardt Fellowship), the US Department of Education (Jacob K. Javits Fellowship), and the Institute for Humane Studies.
Professor Mendlow’s recent engagements include consulting with the United Nations about legal frameworks for protecting freedom of thought, testifying as an expert on American federal criminal law in a Canadian cross-border arms trafficking prosecution, and serving as an elected member of the University of Michigan Police Department Oversight Committee. He previously served as a special assistant US attorney in the US attorney's office in Detroit, where he handled trial-level and appellate cases involving guns, drugs, fraud, theft, and counterfeiting. He also served as a postdoctoral associate in law and philosophy at Yale University. He is a member of the Connecticut Bar.
Presented “Thoughts, Crimes, and Thought Crimes,” Rackham Interdisciplinary Workshop on Knowledge, Information, and Society, University of Michigan.
Participated in a Consultative Workshop on Legal Frameworks for Respecting, Protecting, and Fulfilling Freedom of Thought, convened by the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief.
Presented “The Moral Ambiguity of Public Prosecution” at the UVA Law School Legal Theory Workshop.
Presented “The Moral Ambiguity of Public Prosecution” at the Yale Law Journal Legal Scholarship Workshop.
Presented “The Moral Ambiguity of Public Prosecution” at the University of Iowa College of Law Faculty Speaker Series.
Presented “The Moral Ambiguity of Public Prosecution” at the Michigan Law School Legal Theory Workshop.
Presented “Punishment Proportionate to What?” at the Symposium on Proportionality in the Criminal Law, Georgetown University Law Center.