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Allegra McLeod

Professor of Law

B.A., Scripps College of the Claremont Consortium; J.D., Yale; Ph.D., Stanford

Areas of Expertise:

Comparative and Foreign Law, Criminal Law and Procedure, Immigration Law, International Law

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...

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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.

Featured Scholarship

  • Allegra M. McLeod, Review Essay, Beyond the Carceral State, 95 Tex. L. Rev. 651-706 (2017).    [W]
  • Allegra M. McLeod, Prison Abolition and Grounded Justice, 62 UCLA L. Rev. 1156-1239 (2015).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN] [Gtown Law] [WWW]
  • 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 Cal. L. Rev. 1553-1621 (2014).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN] [Gtown Law]
  • Allegra M. McLeod, Confronting Criminal Law’s Violence: The Possibilities of Unfinished Alternatives, 8 Harvard Unbound 109-132 (2013).    [W] [SSRN] [Gtown Law] [WWW]
  • Allegra M. McLeod, Decarceration Courts: Possibilities and Perils of a Shifting Criminal Law, 100 Geo. L.J. 1587-1674 (2012).    [HEIN] [W] [Gtown Law] [WWW]
  • Allegra M. McLeod, The U.S. Criminal-Immigration Convergence and Its Possible Undoing, 49 Am. Crim. L. Rev. 105-178 (2012).    [HEIN] [W] [Gtown Law]
  • Allegra M. McLeod, Exporting U.S. Criminal Justice, 29 Yale L. & Pol'y Rev. 83-164 (2010).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN] [Gtown Law]
  • 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]
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Contributions to Law Reviews and Other Scholarly Journals

  • Allegra M. McLeod, Review Essay, Beyond the Carceral State, 95 Tex. L. Rev. 651-706 (2017).    [W]
  • Allegra M. McLeod, Confronting the Carceral State, 104 Geo. L.J. 1405-1417 (2016).    [HEIN] [W]
  • Allegra M. McLeod, Immigration, Criminalization, and Disobedience, 70 U. Miami L. Rev. 556-584 (2016).    [W] [Gtown Law] [WWW]
  • Allegra M. McLeod, Police Violence, Constitutional Complicity, and Another Vantage, 2016 Sup. Ct. Rev. 157-195.    [W]
  • Allegra M. McLeod, Prison Abolition and Grounded Justice, 62 UCLA L. Rev. 1156-1239 (2015).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN] [Gtown Law] [WWW]
  • Allegra M. McLeod, Regulating Sexual Harm: Strangers, Intimates, and Social Institutional Reform, 102 Cal. L. Rev. 1553-1621 (2014).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN] [Gtown Law]
  • Allegra M. McLeod, Confronting Criminal Law’s Violence: The Possibilities of Unfinished Alternatives, 8 Harvard Unbound 109-132 (2013).    [W] [SSRN] [Gtown Law] [WWW]
  • Allegra M. McLeod, Decarceration Courts: Possibilities and Perils of a Shifting Criminal Law, 100 Geo. L.J. 1587-1674 (2012).    [HEIN] [W] [Gtown Law] [WWW]
  • Allegra M. McLeod, The U.S. Criminal-Immigration Convergence and Its Possible Undoing, 49 Am. Crim. L. Rev. 105-178 (2012).    [HEIN] [W] [Gtown Law]
  • Allegra M. McLeod, Exporting U.S. Criminal Justice, 29 Yale L. & Pol'y Rev. 83-164 (2010).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN] [Gtown Law]

Book Chapters and Collected Works

  • Allegra M. McLeod, Decarceration Courts, in John Pfaff, Sentencing Law and Policy 680-691 (St. Paul, Minn.: West Academic Publishing 2016).   
  • 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]

Selected Contributions to Other Publications

  • Allegra M. McLeod, Could Specialized Criminal Courts Help Contain the Crises of Overcriminalization and Overincarceration?, Legal Workshop, 2012.    [SSRN] [Gtown Law]
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In the News

"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.

"Prisons and Justice Initiative discusses mass incarceration and prison reform," coverage by The Georgetown Voice,  February 11, 2016, mentioning Professors Paul Butler and Allegra McLeod.

"Mass Incarceration Is a Horrible Failure," an opinion piece in The New York Times' Room For Debate by Associate Professor Allegra McLeod, October 29, 2015.

"Illegal reentry prosecutions increase," coverage in The Bulletin, September 1, 2014, quoting Professor Allegra McLeod.

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"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.

"Prisons and Justice Initiative discusses mass incarceration and prison reform," coverage by The Georgetown Voice,  February 11, 2016, mentioning Professors Paul Butler and Allegra McLeod.

"Mass Incarceration Is a Horrible Failure," an opinion piece in The New York Times' Room For Debate by Associate Professor Allegra McLeod, October 29, 2015.

"Illegal reentry prosecutions increase," coverage in The Bulletin, September 1, 2014, quoting Professor Allegra McLeod.

"Why Are Immigrants Being Deported for Minor Crimes?," coverage in The Atlantic, November 20, 2013, featuring Professor Allegra McLeod.

"Pushing immigration cases through a funnel," The Columbus Dispatch, September 24, 2013, featuring Professor Allegra McLeod.

"'Diversion' Programs Send More to Treatment, Instead of Prison," Wall Street Journal, August 19, 2013, featuring Professor Allegra McLeod.

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