Adam J. MacLeod is a research fellow at the CRCD and a professor at Faulkner University, Thomas Goode Jones School of Law. He is also a faculty member in the Witherspoon Institute’s graduate seminar on the Moral Foundations of Law.

A prolific writer and lecturer, MacLeod is interested in the specification of private rights in real, personal, and intellectual property law. He has authored a number of books, including The Age of Selfies: Reasoning About Right(s) When the Stakes are Personal (Rowman & Littlefield 2020). He is a contributor to news outlets and journals such as the Washington Times, Public Discourse, Notre Dame Law Review, Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, Library of Law and Liberty, and the Journal of Law and Religion. His media appearances have included interviews with “Fox & Friends” (Fox News), “From the Median” (Salem Radio), and National Public Radio affiliate WETS.

MacLeod has previously been a visiting fellow in the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University and a Thomas Edison Fellow in the Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property at George Mason University.

MacLeod received his B.A. from Gordon College and his J.D. from the University of Notre Dame 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. His pro bono work has included appointment as a special Deputy Attorney General of Alabama, lecturer for the Alabama Bar, and public service as instructor, lawyer, and boat crewman for the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary.

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