Lecture and Panel at Law School Explores Role of Jury in the Administrative State on Jan. 22

Adam MacLeod on “The Jury in the Age of Public Rights”01/17/2018
BATON ROUGE – Adam MacLeod of Faulkner University Law School in Montgomery, Ala., will be the lead speaker in a conversation on “The Jury in the Age of Public Rights” in the McKernan Auditorium of the LSU Law Center on Tuesday, Jan. 22, at 3 p.m. 

MacLeod’s lecture, a study of a recent Supreme Court case, “Oil States Energy v. Greene’s Energy,” which saw Justices Thomas and Gorsuch write opposing opinions, will be commented upon by Professors Raff Donelson and Paul R. Baier of the Law Center. The program is free and open to the public.

MacLeod received his B.A. from Gordon College and his J.D. from the University of Notre Dame Law School. He served as law clerk to Chief Justice Christopher Armstrong and Justice Benjamin Kaplan of the Massachusetts Appeals Court and to Chief Judge Lewis Babcock of the United States District Court for the District of Colorado. Before joining the faculty of the Thomas Goode Jones School of Law at Faulkner, he practiced law in the Boston area. 

Author of “Property and Practical Reason” and co-editor with Robert L. McFarland of a casebook, “Foundations of Law,” MacLeod has written numerous articles, essays and book reviews for peer-reviewed journals and law reviews in the United States, United Kingdom and Australia, and his essays appear frequently in Public Discourse and Law & Liberty. In addition, he has held appointment as a special Deputy Attorney General of Alabama and has been a visiting fellow in the James Madison Program at Princeton University.

Donelson is associate professor of law at the LSU Law Center and assistant professor of philosophy in the College of Humanities & Social Sciences at LSU. Having earned his B.A. from Williams College, his M.A. from the University of Chicago, and both his J.D. and Ph.D. from Northwestern University in Chicago, Donelson has published articles on crime and punishment and on pragmatism.

Baier holds three professorships at the Law Center, named for George M. Armstrong Jr., for Judge Henry Politz, and for Hermann Moyse Sr., and over the course of his career he has published widely and has won numerous teaching awards. Expert in constitutional law, he is also playwright, director and producer of “Father Chief Justice: Edward Douglass White and the Constitution,” which has been staged over the past 20 years in Louisiana and at the Library of Congress, and he serves as secretary of the Supreme Court of Louisiana Historical Society.

“Adam MacLeod is one of the most analytically gifted and historically learned young law professors I’ve encountered anywhere in America,” said James Stoner, Hermann Moyse Jr. Professor of Political Science and moderator of the panel. “He’s tackling a question at the heart of contemporary controversies surrounding the administrative state—in particular, its relation to traditional common law liberties—and I’m eager to hear both what he has to say and the response of our discussants, two leading stars of the Law Faculty at LSU.” 

The panel is co-sponsored by the Eric Voegelin Institute and the LSU Law Center. The Eric Voegelin Institute, named for one of LSU’s original Boyd Professors and a scholar of international recognition and acclaim, is a humanities and social science research institute devoted to the revitalization of teaching and understanding of the great works of civilization.  MacLeod will also speak informally over lunch in the Voegelin Institute at noon on Jan. 22 on the topic, “Is There a Natural Right to Property?” Anyone interested in attending the lunch talk should contact Stoner at 225-578-2538 or poston@lsu.edu.  




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