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Michael J.Z. Mannheimer

Michael J.Z. Mannheimer
Professor of Law



Professor Michael J.Z. Mannheimer has a national reputation among legal scholars and jurists for his research explaining and demonstrating contemporary applications of original understandings of the United States Constitution, principally involving the Bill of Rights amendments for protections against unreasonable search and seizure, and cruel and unusual punishment. He has been recognized for his work by election to the American Law Institute, the leading organization in the United States producing scholarly works to help judges, lawyers and legislators in their thinking on clarifying, modernizing and improving the law.

His scholarship is widely published in law reviews and in book form. His law review articles have been published in the Columbia Law Review, Texas Law Review, Notre Dame Law Review, Emory Law Journal, Indiana Law Journal, and Iowa Law Review, and his book, The Fourth Amendment: Original Understandings and Modern Policing, is from the University of Michigan Press. It explores how the amendment to the U.S. Constitution could be applied in a reimagined approach to local policing. His work has been cited by United States Courts of Appeals for the Second, Sixth, Ninth, and Tenth Circuits, federal district courts in Massachusetts, Vermont and West Virginia, and the high courts of Connecticut, Montana and Vermont. His work on the use of the premeditation-deliberation formula to distinguish first- and second-degree murder was the winner of the Association of American Law Schools 2010 Criminal Justice Section Junior Scholar Paper Award. 

Following graduation from law school in 1994 he was as a staff attorney with the Criminal Appeals Bureau of the Legal Aid Society in New York City, a law clerk for Judge Sidney H. Stein of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and subsequently for Judge Robert E. Cowen of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit at Philadelphia.

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 later 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 written briefs for or argued more than 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 at New York City. 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 certiorari petitions for reviews by the Supreme Court of the United States.

At Chase, he is also coordinator of the Kentucky Innocence Project, in which students investigate credible claims of wrongful convictions.

Professor Mannheimer holds a Juris Doctor from Columbia Law School of Columbia University.