Dr. Allen Mendenhall has been named Associate Dean of the Sorrell College of Business.
Mendenhall, who has served as Associate Dean of the Faulkner University Thomas Goode Jones School of Law since 2016, also serves as executive director of the Blackstone & Burke Center for Law & Liberty, as a policy adviser to The Heartland Institute, and is managing editor of “Southern Literary Review.” He is an associated scholar of the Ludwig von Mises Institute. He will have administrative oversight of all Sorrell College research and outreach centers, including the Manuel H. Johnson Center for Political Economy.
“Allen Mendenhall is truly a scholar and gentleman. He brings a very unique skill set to this important position which focuses on raising the level of engagement and impact of our outreach centers and applied research activities, such as the Manuel H. Johnson Center for Political Economy,” said Sorrell College Dean Dr. Judson Edwards.
“The Sorrell College is very fortunate to have him on our team and look forward to working with him to advance the mission of our college and university, ultimately making a meaningful influence on our students, business and government stakeholders, citizens of Alabama and beyond,” said Edwards.
Mendenhall completed undergraduate studies at Furman University before completing a master’s degree and a juris doctorate at West Virginia University. He earned the Master of Legal Learning degree at Temple University and completed the Ph.D. at Auburn University.
His research areas include Law & Humanities; Legal & Literary Hermeneutics; Anglo-American Jurisprudence; Law & Literature; Libertarianism and Classical Liberalism; Conservatism; American Literature; Pragmatism; Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.; Austrian Economics; Literary Theory & Criticism; Property; and Contracts.
He is the author of “Of Bees and Boys: Lines from a Southern Lawyer,” named to the “10 Short Books You Should Read” by Conversations Magazine and “Must Reads by Southern Authors” by Southern Writers.
Prior to joining the administration at the Jones School of Law, Mendenhall served as an Assistant Attorney General for Alabama, and was staff attorney for three years to Chief Justice Roy S. Moore of the Supreme Court of Alabama. He also served as an adjunct professor in Faulkner University’s Department of Humanities and Department of English and was an adjunct professor at Huntington College’s W. James Samford Jr. School of Business and Professional Studies.
His background also includes work at various private-practice law firms, The Cato Institute and the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan.
He is admitted to Bar in Alabama, Georgia, the District of Columbia (inactive), the United States Supreme Court, the United States District Court, Northern District of Georgia, and the United States District Court, Middle District of Georgia.