Adam MacLeod

Adam MacLeodSenior Scholar


Adam MacLeod is a Senior Scholar at C-IP2 and Professor of Law at St. Mary’s University School of Law. He has been a Visiting Fellow in the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University, a Research Fellow of the Center for Religion, Culture, and Democracy, and a Thomas Edison Fellow in C-IP2. He is co-editor of the fourth edition of Christie and Martin’s Jurisprudence (West Academic 2020) and author of Property and Practical Reason (Cambridge University Press 2015) and other books.

Professor MacLeod writes and speaks about the foundations of private law and private ordering, especially in property and intellectual property. He is an instructor in the James Madison Program’s graduate seminar on the Moral Foundations of Law. He contributes to conferences, colloquia, and consultations at research universities around the world. His scholarship has appeared in peer-reviewed journals such as the Modern Law Review and in top law journals such as the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy and the Notre Dame Law Review. And he contributes to journals of news and public opinion such as the Washington TimesNational Review OnlinePublic Discourse, and Law & Liberty.

Professor MacLeod received his B.A., summa cum laude, from Gordon College 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 practiced law in the Boston area and has held an appointment as a special Deputy Attorney General of Alabama. An Operational Auxiliarist in the United States Coast Guard, he has served as a staff officer at the flotilla, division, and district levels. Professor MacLeod lives in Montgomery, Alabama with the joys of his life, his wife and daughters.