Allegra M. McLeod’s research and teaching interests include criminal law and procedure, immigration law, international and comparative law, and legal and political theory. She received a J.D. from Yale Law School, Ph.D. and M.A. from Stanford University and B.A. with highest honors and Phi Beta Kappa from Scripps College of the Claremont Consortium. She also completed a postdoctoral fellowship in political theory at Stanford University. Prior to coming to Georgetown, McLeod practiced immigration and criminal law at the California-Mexico border as an Arthur Liman Public Interest Fellow and staff attorney with the ABA Immigration Justice Project, an organization she helped to create. She has taught political theory at Stanford University, served as a consulting attorney with the Stanford Immigrants’ Rights and Criminal Defense Clinics, worked with the ACLU National Prison Project and clerked for Judge M. Margaret McKeown of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Her publications appear in the Georgetown Law Journal, California Law Review, UCLA Law Review, Yale Law & Policy Review, Harvard Unbound, and American Criminal Law Review.
Professors Hope Babcock, Gregg Bloche, John Copacino, Deborah Epstein, Daniel Ernst, James Feinerman, Anne Fleming, Sheila Foster, Maria Glover, Vida Johnson, Gregory Klass, David Luban, Allegra McLeod, Naomi Mezey, Sherally Munshi, Alicia Plerhoples, Jarrod Reich, Tanina Rostain, Rima Sirota, Abbe Smith, and Kristen Tiscione are among 1700 signatories on a letter, published by The New York Times, delivered to the United States Senate, October 4, 2018, presenting concerns of Judge Brett Kavanaugh's qualifications to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court.
"Abolish Prisons' Is the New 'Abolish ICE'", coverage by Politico, August 16, 2018, quoting Professor Allegra McLeod.
"Why the sex offender registry isn’t the right way to punish rapists," coverage in the Vox, July 5, 2016, quoting from a 2014 law review article by Professor Allegra McLeod.
"Prisons and Justice Initiative Seeks to Ignite Reform," coverage in The Hoya, February 12, 2016, featuring Professors Paul Butler and Allegra McLeod.