The Law School | July 19, 2016
Marah Stith McLeod has joined the Notre Dame Law School faculty as an associate professor. Her research explores legal and ethical problems in criminal law and criminal procedure. Her work seeks to promote better-informed and reasoned decisions as well as the appropriate and effective distribution of power among decision makers in the criminal justice system.
McLeod’s scholarship is motivated by a sense of commitment to the vulnerable and to the rule of law. The first commitment leads her to focus on decisions in criminal law and procedure that may harm the weak or victimized, particularly defendants, prisoners, and communities affected by crime. The second leads her to focus on how criminal justice decisions can be made more transparent and attuned to public conceptions of morality and fairness. In recent work she has challenged the power of prison administrators to create death row as an additional punishment for death-sentenced prisoners and she is currently researching the lack of transparency in the plea bargaining process.