Adam J. MacLeod is an Associate Professor at Faulkner University, Thomas Goode Jones
School of Law and former visiting fellow in the James Madison Program in American Ideals
and Institutions at Princeton University. He is the author of Property and Practical
Reason (Cambridge University Press) and dozens of articles and essays. 

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

Professor MacLeod has taught private law theory as a faculty member of the Witherspoon
Institute's Moral Foundations of Law seminar. At Faulkner Law, he teaches courses
concerning property, intellectual property, private law theory, and the intersection of
law, ethics, and public policy. Professor MacLeod also speaks and writes as a public
intellectual and advises policy institutes and elected officials. 

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 litigated and tried cases in the Boston
area and has served an appointment as a special Deputy Attorney General of Alabama. 

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. 



The Mystery of Life in the Laboratory of Democracy: Personal Autonomy in State Law, Cleveland State Law Review (2011)

This article attempts to carve a path between the two sides in this autonomy war....



The Search for Moral Neutrality in Same-Sex Marriage Decisions, Brigham Young University Journal of Public Law (2008)

Unpublished Papers


Rights, Privileges, and the Future of Marriage (2015)

On the eve of its final triumph, has the cause of marriage equality fallen short?...