Adam J. MacLeod is an Associate Professor at Faulkner Law, where he has taught since
2007. During the 2012-2013 academic year, he was a visiting fellow at the James Madison
Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University. He teaches courses
concerning property, intellectual property, and the intersection of law & public
policy. He writes about jurisprudence and property law. His articles have appeared in
peer-reviewed journals and law reviews in the United States and overseas, and he
regularly contributes to the journal Public Discourse. 

He received his B.A., summa cum laude, from Gordon College (MA) and his J.D., magna cum
laude, from the University of Notre Dame Law School. After law school, he served as law
clerk to Chief Justice Christopher Armstrong and Justice Benjamin Kaplan of the
Massachusetts Appeals Court and to Chief Judge Lewis Babcock of the United States
District Court for the District of Colorado. He entered private practice in the Boston
area, where he litigated and tried cases. 

He is a member of Christ Church in Montgomery, where he attends with his wife and
daughters. A former and founding member of the Pneuma Brass Quintet in Boston, he is an
avid musician, runner, cyclist, skier, hiker, and Notre Dame partisan. 



Economic Justice and the Internal Point of View, Journal Jurisprudence (2013)

The West is in a tumult about money. In the United States, the Tea Party...



Identifying Values in Land Use Regulation, 101 Kentucky Law Journal (forthcoming 2012) (2012)

The rules governing the lawfulness of land use decisions are a mess. State enabling acts...



The Mystery of Life in the Laboratory of Democracy: Personal Autonomy in State Law, Cleveland State Law Review (2012)

Debates about personal autonomy today play major roles in controversial legal and political debates. Arguments...



Empathy’s White Elephant: Responding to the Subprime Mortgage Crisis Without Denigrating the Poor, Georgetown Journal of Law & Public Policy (2011)

Empathy in judicial foreclosures is the new coverture. President Obama’s judicial empathy standard aims to...


Unpublished Papers


At and Along: Meditation in a Toolshed on the Inviolability of Life (2013)

Like all of law, the inviolability-of-human-life principle is plausible when viewed from what Hart called...