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.


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Allegra M. McLeod, Review Essay, Beyond the Carceral State, 95 Tex. L. Rev. 651-706 (2017). [HEIN] [W] [L]
Allegra M. McLeod, Prison Abolition and Grounded Justice, 62 UCLA L. Rev. 1156-1239 (2015).
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Allegra M. McLeod, Decarceration Courts, in John Pfaff, Sentencing Law and Policy 680-691 (St. Paul, Minn.: West Academic Publishing 2016).
Allegra M. McLeod, Regulating Sexual Harm: Strangers, Intimates, and Social Institutional Reform, 102 Calif. L. Rev. 1553-1621 (2014).
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Allegra M. McLeod, Confronting Criminal Law’s Violence: The Possibilities of Unfinished Alternatives, 8 Harvard Unbound 109-132 (2013). [WWW] [Gtown Law] [W] [L] [SSRN]
Allegra M. McLeod, Decarceration Courts: Possibilities and Perils of a Shifting Criminal Law, 100 Geo. L.J. 1587-1674 (2012). [WWW] [Gtown Law] [HEIN] [W] [L]
Allegra M. McLeod, The U.S. Criminal-Immigration Convergence and Its Possible Undoing, 49 Am. Crim. L. Rev. 105-178 (2012). [Gtown Law] [HEIN] [W] [L]
Allegra M. McLeod, Exporting U.S. Criminal Justice, 29 Yale L. & Pol'y Rev. 83-164 (2010). [Gtown Law] [HEIN] [W] [L] [SSRN]
Allegra M. McLeod & M. Margaret McKeown, The Counsel Conundrum: Effective Representation in Immigration Proceedings, in Andrew I. Schoenholtz, Philip G. Schrag & Jaya Ramji-Nogales, Refugee Roulette: Disparities in Asylum Adjudication and Proposals for Reform 286-306 (New York: New York University Press 2009). [BOOK]