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.


Featured Scholarship

Allegra McLeod, Abolition and Environmental Justice, 69 UCLA L. Rev. 1536-1575 (2023). [WWW] [Gtown Law] [W] [L]
Allegra M. McLeod, An Abolitionist Critique of Violence, 89 U. Chi. L. Rev. 525-556 (2022).
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Allegra M. McLeod, Envisioning Abolition Democracy, 132 Harv. L. Rev. 1613-1649 (2019).
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Allegra M. McLeod, Law, Critique, and the Undercommons, in A Time for Critique 252-270 (Didier Fassin & Bernard E. Harcourt eds., New York: Columbia University Press 2019).
Allegra M. McLeod, Beyond the Carceral State, 95 Tex. L. Rev. 651-706 (2017).
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Allegra M. McLeod, Police Violence, Constitutional Complicity, and Another Vantage, 2016 Sup. Ct. Rev. 157-195.
Allegra M. McLeod, Prison Abolition and Grounded Justice, 62 UCLA L. Rev. 1156-1239 (2015).
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Allegra M. McLeod, Confronting Criminal Law’s Violence: The Possibilities of Unfinished Alternatives, 8 Harvard Unbound 109-132 (2013).
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Allegra M. McLeod, The U.S. Criminal-Immigration Convergence and Its Possible Undoing, 49 Am. Crim. L. Rev. 105-178 (2012).
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