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Michael J.Z. Mannheimer

Visiting Professor of Law

Principal Office: 
University Park

J.D., Columbia Law School
BA., SUNY Binghamton

Professor Mannheimer is a scholar of criminal procedure, sentencing, and death penalty law. His current research is directed toward developing an understanding of the Bill of Rights that aligns states’ rights with individual rights against federal power, in stark contrast to the conventional model, which pits the individual against both layers of government. His most recent work examines the Cruel and Unusual Punishments Clause and argues that the Clause ties the limits on federal punishments to state norms. He served as co-chair of the Kentucky Death Penalty Assessment Team of the American Bar Association from 2009-2013. He teaches or has taught criminal law, criminal procedure, evidence, and classes on death penalty policy and procedure.
After law school he clerked for The Hon. Robert E. Cowen, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and The Hon. Sidney H. Stein, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. He was senior appellate counsel at the Center for Appellate Litigation in New York City from 1999-2004, where he briefed and argued over forty appeals and related collateral proceedings on behalf of indigent criminal defendants in the New York Appellate Division, New York Court of Appeals, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He was also an associate at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison in New York City from 1997-99.

“Cruel and Unusual Federal Punishments,” 98 Iowa L. Rev. 69 (2012).

“Self-Government, the Federal Death Penalty, and the Unusual Case of Michael Jacques,” 36 Vt. L. Rev. 131 (2011) (invited submission)
“Proportionality and Federalism: A Response to Professor Stinneford,” 97 Va. L. Rev. in Brief 51 (2011)
“Not the Crime but the Cover-up: A Deterrence Based Rationale for the Premeditation-Deliberation Formula,” 86 Ind. L. J. 879 (2012) (winner of the 2010 AALS Criminal Justice Section Junior Scholar Paper Award)
“The Impact of Information Overload on the Capital Jury’s Ability to Assess Aggravating and Mitigating Factors, 17 Wm. & Mary Bill of Rts. J. 1089 (2009) (with Katie Morgan)