Michael J.Z. Mannheimer

Michael J.Z. Mannheimer

Michael J.Z. Mannheimer
Professor of Law
Associate Dean for Faculty Development

Professor of Law
Associate Dean for Faculty Development

"Learning the law is not really about learning legal rules and standards. It is primarily about learning to make connections - distinctions, analogies, comparisons, and contrasts - between and among cases and doctrines. The biggest thrill I get as a teacher is seeing that light bulb go on in a student's head when he or she makes one of these connections. And sometimes, it is something that even I did not see before."


Mike Mannheimer received his J.D. in 1994 from Columbia Law School, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar all three years and served as Writing & Research Editor of the Columbia Law Review. After a brief stint as a staff attorney with the Criminal Appeals Bureau of the Legal Aid Society in New York City, he clerked for the Hon. Sidney H. Stein of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, and then for the Hon. Robert E. Cowen of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

From 1997 to 1999, he worked as a litigation associate at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison in New York City, where he practiced general commercial litigation and arbitration encompassing such diverse areas as antitrust, breach of contract, business torts, employment discrimination, ERISA, false advertising, product liability, and civil RICO.

For five years before joining the Chase faculty in 2004, Professor Mannheimer served as Appellate Counsel and then Senior Appellate Counsel at the Center for Appellate Litigation in New York City, where he represented indigent criminal defendants on appeal from their convictions and in related collateral proceedings. He has briefed and/or argued over forty appeals in the Appellate Division of the New York Supreme Court, the New York Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He has represented clients at every level of the state and federal judiciaries, from handling sentencing proceedings, motions, and hearings in the New York trial courts to filing cert. petitions in the U.S. Supreme Court.

Professor Mannheimer was Co-Chair of the Kentucky Death Penalty Assessment Team for the American Bar Association. He is also a prolific and eclectic scholar. He has published articles on the death penalty, coerced confessions, and the Establishment, Free Speech, Self-Incrimination, Confrontation, and Cruel and Unusual Punishments Clauses. His work on the use of the premeditation-deliberation formula to distinguish first- and second-degree murder was the winner of the 2010 AALS Criminal Justice Section Junior Scholar Paper Award. His current research focuses on the under-appreciated federalism component of the Bill of Rights.



  • JD, Columbia Law School

Courses Taught

  • Criminal Law
  • Criminal Procedure
  • Death Penalty
  • Evidence
  • Sentencing
  • Kentucky Innocence Project


The Unusual Case of Anthony Chebatoris: How the Rising Tide of Federal Power Led to the Country’s Only Execution in a Non-Death Penalty State (in progress)

The Local-Control Model of the Fourth Amendment (in progress)

Gideon, Miranda, and the Downside of Incorporation, 12 Ohio St. J. Crim. L. 401 (2015) (invited symposium submission) SSRN

The Contingent Fourth Amendment, 64 Emory L.J. 1229 (2015) SSRN

Harmelin’s Faulty Originalism, 14 Nev. L.J. 522 (2014) SSRN

Cruel and Unusual Federal Punishments, 98 Iowa L. Rev. 69 (2012) SSRN pdf

Self-Government, the Federal Death Penalty, and the Unusual Case of Michael Jacques, 36 Vt. L. Rev. 131 (2011) (invited submission) pdf  SSRN   

Proportionality and Federalism: A Response to Professor Stinneford, 97 Va. L. Rev. In Brief 51 (2011) pdf  

Not the Crime But the Cover-up: A Deterrence Based Rationale for the Premeditation-Deliberation Formula, 86 Ind. L.J. 879 (2011) (winner of the 2010 AALS Criminal Justice Section Junior Scholar Paper Award) pdf  SSRN   

The Impact of Information Overload on the Capital Jury's Ability to Assess Aggravating and Mitigating Factors, 17 Wm. & Mary Bill Rts. J. 1089 (2009) (co-authored with Katie Morgan) Hein Online

Toward a Unified Theory of Testimonial Evidence Under the Fifth and Sixth Amendments, 80 Temp. L. Rev. 1135 (2008) Hein Online  SSRN 

When the Federal Death Penalty Is 'Cruel and Unusual' , 74 U. Cin. L. Rev. 819 (2006) Hein Online  SSRN 

Ripeness of Self-Incrimination Clause Disputes, 95 J. Crim. L. & Criminology 1261 (2005) Hein Online  pdf  SSRN  

Coerced Confessions and the Fourth Amendment, 30 Hastings Const. L.Q. 57 (2002) Hein Online  pdf  SSRN  

Equal Protection Principles and The Establishment Clause: Equal Participation in the Community as the Central Link, 69 Temp. L. Rev. 95 (1996) Hein Online  pdf


Speaking Engagements and Recognitions

Moderator and discussant, Panel Discussion on the “Gay/Trans Panic” Defense, Chase College of Law. (March 18, 2015)

Radio interview, Cincinnati Edition: Discussing the Dhzokhar Tsarnaev case and the federal death penalty in non-death penalty States. WVXU, Cincinnati. (February 9, 2015) (http://bit.ly/1ygjFcw)

Quoted in, High Court to Hear Pivotal Death Penalty Case, Cincinnati Enquirer (Sept. 17, 2014) http://cin.ci/1BMbo4x

Article Cruel and Unusual Federal Punishments, 98 Iowa L. Rev. 69 (2012), was cited by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in United States v. Young, ___ F.3d ___, 2014 WL 4452776, 6th Cir. (Sept. 11, 2014)

Presenter, Gideon, Miranda, and the Downside of Incorporation, CrimFest 2014, Rutgers-Newark School of Law in Newark, NJ (July 2014). The piece will be part of a paper symposium in the Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law.