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Adam J. Macleod

Associate Professor of Law


B.A., Gordon College; J.D., Notre Dame Law School

Adam 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.

Professor MacLeod 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.

Professor MacLeod 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.


Published Scholarly Articles:

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

The Mystery of Life in the Laboratory of Democracy: Personal Autonomy in State Law, 59 Cleveland State Law Review 589 (2012)

Resurrecting the Bogeyman: The Curious Forms of the Substantial Burden Test in RLUIPA, 40 Real Estate Law Journal 115 (2011) (peer-edited journal)

Empathy’s White Elephant: Responding to the Subprime Mortgage Crisis Without Denigrating the Poor, 9 Georgetown Journal of Law & Public Policy 283 (2011)

A Non-Fatal Collision: Where Religious Land Uses and Community Interests Meet, 42 Urban Lawyer 41 (2010) (peer-edited journal)

The (Contingent) Value of Autonomy and the Reflexivity of (Some) Basic Goods, 5 Journal Jurisprudence 11 (2010) (invited lead article in peer-edited symposium)

A Gift Worth Dying For?: Debating the Volitional Nature of Suicide in Personal Property Law, 45 Idaho Law Review 93 (2008)

The Search for Moral Neutrality in Same-Sex Marriage Decisions, 23 BYU Journal of Public Law 1 (2008)

The Law as Bard: Extolling a Culture’s Virtues, Exposing Its Vices, and Telling Its Story, 1 Journal Jurisprudence 11 (2008) (peer-edited journal)

All for One: A Review of Victim-centric Justifications for Criminal Punishment, 13 Berkeley Journal of Criminal Law 31 (2008)

Book Chapter:

“The Curious Forms of the Substantial Burden Test in RLUIPA,” in Zoning and Planning Law Handbook (ed. Patricia E. Salkin, West, 2012) (invited reprint)

Essays, Editorials, and Book Reviews:

Principled Entitlement Reform: Private Ordering Needs Room to Grow, Public Discourse (August 8, 2013) http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2013/08/10125/

A Moral Foundation for Entitlement Reform, Public Discourse (August 7, 2013) http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2013/08/10123/

At and Along: A Review of The Law and Ethics of Medicine by John Keown, Adelaide Law Review (forthcoming 2013)

Review of What Is Marriage: Man and Woman—A Defense, Journal of Faith and the Academy (forthcoming 2013)

Euphemisms: The Modus Operandi of Death Rights Advocates, Public Discourse (June 20, 2013) http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2013/06/10164/

Economic Justice and the Internal Point of View, 17 Journal Jurisprudence 11 (2013)

Marriage, Religious Liberty, and the Ban Myth, Public Discourse (April 2, 2013) http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2013/04/9708/

Property Viewed From the Inside, Public Discourse (March 22, 2013) http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2013/03/6669/

Property and the Regulatory State at the Supreme Court, Public Discourse (March 21, 2013) http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2013/03/6667/

With Andrew Beckwith, Sky Fall: Gender Ideology Comes to the Schoolhouse, Public Discourse (March 1, 2013) http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2013/03/9244/

Law's Logic at the End of Life, Public Discourse (January 15, 2013) http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2013/01/6918/

Moral Neutrality, Marriage, and the Supreme Court, Public Discourse (December 10, 2012) http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2012/12/7359/

The Right to Do Good, Public Discourse (October 16, 2012) http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2012/10/6651/

Judging Human Worth, Public Discourse (May 9, 2012) http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2012/05/5312

Rediscovering Property, Public Discourse (April 19, 2012) http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2012/04/5115

Marriage Decisions and the Importance of Judicial Reason, Public Discourse (March 5, 2012) (invited)  http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2012/03/4768

Social Justice, Institutions, and Communities, Public Discourse (January 27, 2012) (invited)  http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2012/01/4400

Purpose, Palliative Care, and Respect for Human Life, Public Discourse (January 11, 2012) (invited)  http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2012/01/4486

Private Property and Human Flourishing, Public Discourse (October 25, 2011) (invited)  http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2011/10/3648

Various Guest Posts, Land Use Prof Blog (October, 2011) (invited)

The Forgotten Front in the Fight for Life, Public Discourse (September 14, 2011) (invited)  http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2011/09/3965

A Review of Jean Porter’s Ministers of the Law, 4 Journal of Faith and the Academy (2011) (invited)

With Katharine B. MacLeod, Two Key Reforms for GOP, Montgomery Advertiser (November 25, 2010)

Moral Neutrality Abandoned, Mobile Press-Register (May 17, 2008)

The Groningen Protocol: Legalized Infanticide in the Netherlands and Why it Should Not be Adopted in the United States, 10 Michigan State Journal of Medicine & Law 557 (2006)

With Robert J. Muldoon, Untangling the Conflict Rules, Disqualification of Counsel, 32 Mass. Lawyers Weekly 1435 (March 8, 2004)

Faulkner University | Adam J. Macleod

Contact Information

Phone: 386-7527
Email: amacleod@faulkner.edu