Adam J. MacLeod is an Associate Professor at Faulkner University, Thomas Goode Jones
School of Law, where he has taught since 2007. He is the author of Property and Practical
Reason, forthcoming from Cambridge University Press, and dozens of articles and essays.
He also speaks and writes as a public intellectual and advises policy institutes and
elected officials. 

During the 2012-2013 academic year, he was a visiting fellow in the James Madison Program
in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University. He has taught as a faculty
member of the Witherspoon Institute's Moral Foundations of Law seminar. He teaches
courses concerning property, private law theory, and the intersection of law, ethics, and
public policy. 

Professor MacLeod writes about jurisprudence and property law. His scholarly articles and
book reviews have appeared in peer-reviewed journals and law reviews in the United
States, United Kingdom, and Australia. He regularly contributes to the journal Public

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...