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Richard Mendelson To Discuss “Wine Law in America” Nov. 1 and 5

Richard Mendelson will give a Dean’s Special Seminar on “Wine Law in America” Thursday, Nov. 1, and Monday, Nov, 5, at Yale Law School.  Session #1 is titled “Temperance and Prohibition,” and Session #2 is titled “The Wine Revolution.”

“What other commodity gets two mentions in the Constitution?” said Mendelson. “In the seminar, we will explore wine’s rich legal history through Prohibition and beyond. Topics will include the changing notions of temperance, local option, the iron law of prohibition, the evolution of Twenty-first Amendment jurisprudence, and neo-prohibition.”

Richard Mendelson is an attorney with the law firm of Dickenson, Peatman & Fogarty in Napa, California, where he specializes in alcoholic beverage law and land use planning for wineries and vineyards.  He earned his B.A. from Harvard College, his M.A. from Oxford University, and his J.D. from Stanford Law School.  He received his general education about wines of the world at the Wine and Spirits Education Trust in London. 

Mendelson resides in Napa, California, and owns a small vineyard, producing three wines under the Mendelson label.  He is an Adjunct Lecturer in Wine Law at the University of California at Berkeley Boalt Law School, and he also lectures on a variety of vineyard and wine law topics at the University of California at Davis Graduate School of Management.

Both the Nov. 1 and Nov. 5 seminar sessions will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in Room 120. Each session consists of a lecture from 5:30-6:30 and a wine tasting from 6:30-7:30.  Seating is limited. Please register in advance by contacting Marianne.dietz@yale.edu.