About Adam J. MacLeod

Adam MacLeod is an Associate Professor of Law at Faulkner University, Jones School
of Law, where he has taught since 2007. During the 2012-2013 academic year, he is a
visiting fellow at the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at
Princeton University. 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. His works have appeared in peer-edited journals and law reviews, in the U.S. and elsewhere, and he contributes to The Public Discourse, Land Use Prof Blog, and The Journal of Jurisprudence.

by on March 4th, 2014

State lawmakers should make it clear that religious and moral reasons are rational and legitimate, and that property owners may act or refrain from action in obedience to conscience.

by on January 14th, 2014

President Obama’s enthusiasm for emphasizing the importance of fatherhood is an encouraging development. Unfortunately, the president has undercut this message with his own policies.

by on September 13th, 2013

Laws in Massachusetts and California requiring that sex-segregated facilities be open to both sexes will undermine equal protection for women.

by on August 8th, 2013

Private, not public, law enables healthy dependencies by carving out space for communities of people to deliberate together about what to do with the resources available to them.

by on August 7th, 2013

Entitlement reform cannot succeed by eliminating dependence. Instead we should aim to promote healthy dependencies.

by on June 20th, 2013

Death rights advocates can only win supporters by calling the act of killing something else.

by on April 2nd, 2013

It’s a myth that marriage law “bans” same-sex relationships because it treats marriage as the union of a man and a woman.

by on March 22nd, 2013

While the state has a role to play in promoting the common good, left unchecked by constitutional strictures the regulatory state will crowd private property out of public life. Without private property, our nation would be impoverished not only materially but also morally. The second in a two-part series.

by on March 21st, 2013

The Supreme Court’s conflicted rulings on whether the government must compensate property owners for burdening their rights and interests raises questions about the value of private property in American life. The first in a two-part series.

by and on March 1st, 2013

Since redefining marriage requires us to deny sexual differences, even school children now have to conform to that principle at the risk of punishment.

by on January 15th, 2013

To its detriment, Howard Ball’s new book on end-of-life law focuses more on the emotions and biases of the law’s defenders than on law’s history and content.

by on December 10th, 2012

A recent ruling in the United States District Court in Hawaii reveals a rational basis for the Supreme Court to rule on a morally neutral basis that marriage can be enshrined in law.

by on October 16th, 2012

Two incompatible conceptions of rights are at stake in the debate over the HHS mandate.

by on May 9th, 2012

The failure to grasp the implications of intrinsic human worth plagues arguments for physician-assisted suicide and voluntary euthanasia.

by on April 19th, 2012

Has the Supreme Court rediscovered the institution of property? In a recent unanimous affirmation of property owners’ rights, the Court gives us reason to hope.

by on March 5th, 2012

Recent attacks on marriage threaten not only a foundational public institution but the rule of law itself and the legitimacy of the judicial branch.

by on January 27th, 2012

A successful account of social justice must affirm the primacy of communities, and institutions directed by communities, over both the individual and the state in promoting human flourishing.

by on January 11th, 2012

Aiding the deliberate destruction of human life has no place in the doctor’s job description.

by on October 25th, 2011

Private property should be preserved and protected because of its deep contribution to human well-being.

by on September 14th, 2011

As the proponents of assisted suicide strive to legalize it in Massachusetts, we should take another look at their arguments and the deceptions therein.