Allegra M. McLeod’s research and teaching interests include criminal law and procedure, constitutional law, immigration law, and legal and political theory. Her current scholarship focuses on contemporary movements for penal abolition. 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 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 Harvard Law Review, Georgetown Law Journal, California Law Review, UCLA Law Review, Yale Law & Policy Review, Harvard Unbound, and American Criminal Law Review.
"COVID-19 and the Case for Prison Abolition," coverage in The Chicago Maroon, July 29, 2020, featuring Professor Allegra McLeod.
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.