Writing and Speaking

Gordon Mehler has published articles on legal topics (in The American Lawyer, The National Law Journal, The New York Law Journal and others), as well as more general topics (in The Atlantic, Newsweek, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Chicago Tribune, The Miami Herald and others) and specialized non-legal topics (in The Annals of Internal Medicine, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, The South American Explorer and others). He is the lead author of a practitioner's treatise on federal criminal procedure, and formerly one of four members of the board of editors for the second edition of a treatise on New York criminal practice. Both works are published by Lexis Nexis Matthew Bender. He has also participated as a speaker on legal and other topics in a variety of forums.


Co-Author (with John Gleeson, David James and Alicyn Cooley),†FEDERAL CRIMINAL PRACTICE: A SECOND CIRCUIT HANDBOOK†(Lexis Nexis Matthew Bender 21st ed. 2021, 1646 pages), the only treatise on federal criminal practice in the courts of the Second Circuit (New York, Connecticut, Vermont).
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Board of Editors, NEW YORK CRIMINAL PRACTICE (Lexis Nexis Matthew Bender 2d ed. 2005), the most extensive work on New York State criminal practice.
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Selected Articles   Click to see full list

Amazon Wonít Save Us
on a tech illusion
Our Town, September 2020

Terra Cotta Blues
on architectural decay
The Spirit, December 20, 2019

The World Parliament
on interreligious dialogue
Wall Street Journal, November 2, 2018

No Movie Could Capture It
on Hollywood's depiction of Bernie Madoff
The Atlantic, May 20, 2017 (with Larry Krantz)

Trial of 9/11 Five
on the cost of delay
Newsweek, September 8, 2015 (with Philip Hilder)

Medical Mystery, Medical Humility
on the enigmas of a sudden illness
Annals of Internal Medicine, August 18, 2009

Crime in the Clergy
on why misconduct is overlooked
Chronicle of Philanthropy, January 23, 2003

Informants, Rats and Tattletales
on loyalty, fear and the Constitution
Criminal Justice Ethics, Winter/Spring 1997

The Amazon's Unknown Neighbor
on preserving a Brazilian wildlife wilderness
South American Explorers, September 1994

Looking at Public Corruption
on strategies to uncover graft
Cotidianul [Romanian Weekly], November 11, 1992

Homelessness Prevention Programs
on small-scale measures to keep people housed
The Courier, December 16, 1991 (with Marc L. Greenberg)

My Fatherís Prescription
on a philosophy of common sense
The Phoenix, December 21, 1989

Using Testimony From France
on the admission of evidence from abroad
The New York Law Journal, October 3, 1988

Moderates Dare to be Dull
on being both conservative and liberal
The Chicago Tribune, September 4, 1987

China Goes Capitalist
on communism in decline
The Boston Herald, September 28, 1986

The Message of the Marathon
on perseverance in sports and in life
The Heights Press, October 20, 1985

Democracy in the Philippines
on foreign policy in the Pacific
Newsday, April 1, 1985 (with John Bradshaw)

Inmates Need Jobs
on the technical difficulties of prison work programs
The New York Times, July 17, 1984

Parents and Children
on the psychology of family relations
City Edition, June 11, 1984

The Difference in Decades
on generational posturing in American history
The Miami Herald, April 30, 1983

Restitution and Bankruptcy
on the business of monetizing harm done
Annual Survey of American Law, 1983 Volume, Issue 4

Blind Contrition
on the faulty language of ethics testing
Legal Times, October 18, 1982

Persecution Witnesses
on the politics of human rights
The National Law Journal, March 22, 1982

God and Darwin in Arkansas
on creation science in the public schools
The Commentator, February 4, 1982

Days of Wine and Lexis
on why rich firms once spoiled law students
The American Lawyer, October 1981

Selected Presentations   Click to see full list

Protective Orders in Federal Criminal Cases
(Expert Witness)

High Court of Hong Kong
April 1, 2021

National Non-Profit Ethics Investigations
(Ethics Committee Trainer)

Newark, New Jersey
March 3, 2020

Balancing Life and Work

Fordham Law School
January 22, 2019

FBI Economic Crimes Section Training

San Antonio, Texas
August 17, 2018

No Indictment Against NYC Mayor

Good Day New York
March 17, 2017

Trump's Terrorism Rhetoric

Inside Story
December 10, 2016

ABA Securities Fraud Conference

New Orleans, Louisiana
October 2, 2015

Sept 11 Military Commission Proceedings
(Observer on behalf of the NYC Bar Association)

Guantanamo Bay Navy Base, Cuba
December 13-17, 2014

Wolff Lecture on Law as Rules or Morality

Institute of Religion and Law
January 14, 2013

Parallel Proceedings: Emerging Trends

New York City Bar Association
June 13, 2012

GPS Surveillance
(Radio Guest)

Donít Worry Murray Show (WVOX 1460AM)
February 8, 2012

The Training of Prosecutors

United States Embassy, Chisinau, Moldova
July 11-14, 2011

Search and Seizure in Sixty Minutes
(CLE Webcaster)

West Legal Education Center, January 11, 2011

Fifteenth Annual Yale Mock Trial Invitational Tournament

Yale Law School, New Haven, CT, December 5, 2010

The International Criminal Court

United States Military Academy, West Point, April 15, 2009

Gubernatorial Wrongdoing in Illinois and New York

The Issue (Local Talk Radio Program), December 19, 2008

In the Shadow of Justice
(Attorney for subject of two-hour wrongful conviction documentary)

Dateline NBC, August 5, 2007

Carving A Path in the Law: Alternatives to Big Firm Life

New York State Bar Association, Albany, October 21, 2006

Heroes of the Bar: A Salute to Pro Bono Achievements in 2005
(Honoree with others)

Federal Bar Council, December 8, 2005

Criminal Law, Procedure and Evidence Seminar: Ethics Panel

Brooklyn Law School, October 30, 2004

Michael Peterson Murder Trial

Court TV, September 8, 2003

Intensive Trial Advocacy Program
(Faculty Member)

Cardozo Law School, January 6-7, 2002

After The Attacks: The Future of National Security

Council for Emerging National Security Affairs, October 22, 2001

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