Ordered Liberty

Mission Statement

The Blackstone & Burke Center for Law & Liberty promotes the principles of the common-law tradition and American constitutionalism. It coordinates educational programs, research initiatives, and judicial conferences that examine the norms and nurture the institutions of ordered liberty.

About Us

The Blackstone & Burke Center for Law & Liberty examines and promotes ordered liberty in the common-law tradition, including religious freedom, freedom of association, freedom of speech, and economic freedom. Because these freedoms have flourished under the common law and are secured by proper constitutional restraints, the Blackstone & Burke Center explores essential elements of common-law practice and jurisprudence within the framework of American constitutionalism, federalism, and private law. The Blackstone & Burke Center is dedicated to the propositions that law is not merely sovereign command but rather that the first duty of legislative, executive, and judicial officials is to declare what the law already is. Therefore, the Blackstone & Burke Center generates research on natural rights, natural law, custom, conscience, and freedom of expression, in addition to the institutions, norms, and processes of private ordering that characterize the common-law tradition.

Our Objectives

• Operate an internationally regarded center for scholarly research and legal education in the common-law tradition.

• Endow chairs at Faulkner Law and hire scholars capable of supporting the mission of the Blackstone & Burke Center.

• Host an annual Judicial College for state jurists.

  • Upon these two foundations, the law of nature and the law of revelation, depend all human laws; that is to say, no human laws should be suffered to contradict these. Sir William Blackstone
  • The good of the people is the greatest law. Marcus Tullius Cicero
  • When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall, one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle. Edmund Burke

With Christian Faith and Law

The Blackstone Center for Law and Liberty examines and promotes ordered liberty in the common law tradition, including religious freedom, freedom of association, freedom of speech, and economic freedom. Because these freedoms have flourished under the common law and are secured by proper constitutional restraints, the Blackstone Center explores essential elements of common law practice and jurisprudence within the framework of American constitutionalism, federalism, and private law.

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To Influence Nations

The Blackstone Center is dedicated to the propositions that law is not merely sovereign command but rather that the first duty of legislative, executive, and judicial officials is to declare what the law already is. Therefore, the Blackstone Center generates research on natural rights, natural law, custom, conscience, and freedom of expression, in addition to the institutions, norms, and processes of private ordering that characterize the common law tradition.

  • If a law is unjust, a man is not only right to disobey it, he is obligated to do so. Thomas Jefferson
  • It is vain to fight totalitarianism by adopting totalitarian methods. Freedom can only be won by men unconditionally committed to the principles of freedom. Ludwig von Mises
  • A just law is a man-made code that squares with the moral law, or the law of God. An unjust law is a code that is out of harmony with the moral law. Martin Luther King Jr.

Dr. Allen Mendenhall

Allen Mendenhall is Associate Dean and Executive Director of the Blackstone & Burke Center for Law and Liberty at Faulkner University. He is the author of the books Literature and Liberty (2014) and Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., Pragmatism, and the Jurisprudence of Agon (2016) and the editor of The Southern Philosopher: Collected Essays of John William Corrington (2017).

Dr. Mendenhall holds a B.A. in English from Furman University, M.A. in English from West Virginia University, J.D. from West Virginia University College of Law, LL.M. in transnational law from Temple University Beasley School of Law, and Ph.D. in English from Auburn University. He edits Southern Literary Review and has been an adjunct legal associate at the Cato Institute, a Mises Emerging Scholar with the Ludwig von Mises Institute Canada, an associate of the Abbeville Institute, a Humane Studies Fellow with the Institute for Humane Studies, a staff attorney for Chief Justice Roy S. Moore of the Supreme Court of Alabama, and an Assistant Attorney General in the State of Alabama Office of the Attorney General. He is an elected member of The Philadelphia Society, a policy adviser for the Heartland Institute, and president of the Montgomery Lawyers Chapter of the Federalist Society. He has taught in university English departments, a humanities department, a law school, a business school, a Japanese private school, and a penitentiary. While in private practice in Atlanta, he represented non-profit corporations and litigated cases involving real property, contracts, collections, foreclosures, restrictive covenants, and real-estate transactions.

Dr. Mendenhall has authored hundreds of publications. His academic writing has appeared or is forthcoming in, among other peer-reviewed journals and law reviews, The Journal Jurisprudence, The Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence, The Texas Review of Law and Politics, European Journal of Pragmatism and American Philosophy, The South Carolina Review, Academic Questions, Georgetown Journal of Law and Modern Critical Race Perspectives, Michigan State Journal of International Law, The Independent Review, Libertarian Papers, Modernist Cultures, and The British Journal of American Legal Studies. His writing for popular media has appeared or is forthcoming in Newsweek, The American Spectator, Pacific Standard, The Los Angeles Review of Books, The American Conservative, The Daily Caller, The Freeman, Liberty, The University Bookman, Chronicles, The Christian Lawyer, The Conversation, and elsewhere. He has spoken or delivered papers at Harvard University, Brown University, Georgetown University Law Center, George Mason University, University of British Columbia, University of Nevada-Las Vegas, Auburn University, West Virginia University, the Alabama State Capitol, and other universities and locations. His work has been discussed in Forbes, The National Review, Times Higher Education, Inside Higher Education, and U.S. News and World Report, and published by such organizations as the Ludwig von Mises Institute, the Ludwig von Mises Institute Canada, The Mercatus Center, The Foundation for Economic Education, The Independent Institute, The Rockford Institute, The Russell Kirk Center for Cultural Renewal, the American Ideas Institute, the Abbeville Institute, the National Association of Scholars, and the Libertarian Alliance. He lives in Auburn, Alabama, with his wife and two children.

Board of Advisors

The Hon. Andrew Napolitano

Senior Legal Analyst, Fox News

Dr. Robert P. George

McCormick Chair in Jurisprudence, Princeton University

Dr. James R. Stoner

Hermann Moyse Jr. Professor and Director of the Eric Voegelin Institute for American Renaissance Studies, Louisiana State University

Professor Francis “Frank” H. Buckley

George Mason University Foundation Professor of Law, Antonin Scalia Law School

Dr. Don Devine

Former Director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management for the Reagan Administration and Senior Scholar at the Fund for American Studies

Dr. Ingrid Gregg

Past President and Trustee of the Earhart Foundation, Trustee of the Foundation for Economic Education, Academic Advisory Board Member of the Institute for Economic Affairs (U.K.), Trustee of the Philadelphia Society, Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, and Trustee of the Harry S. Truman Foundation

Dr. Daniel Mark

Vice Chairman of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom and Assistant Professor of Political Science at Villanova University

Board of Jurists

The Hon. Edith Jones

United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

The Hon. Thomas “Tom” Parker

Supreme Court of the State of Alabama

The Hon. Joel Fredrick Dubina

United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

The Hon. Frank H. McFadden

Retired, United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama (Chief Judge 1973-82)

The Hon. Deborah L. Cook

United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

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