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LAW 1514 v00 : Federalism in Practice: The Role of Governors in Advancing Public Policy

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LAW 1514 v00: Federalism in Practice: The Role of Governors and State Executives in Advancing Public Policy
Federalism in Practice: The Role of Governors in Advancing Public Policy
Th 5:45-7:45p
Special Requirement


J.D. students must complete the required first-year program prior to enrolling in this course (part-time and interdivisional transfer students may enroll prior to completing Criminal Justice, Property, or their first-year elective).


No other courses are required, but background coursework in constitutional law, administrative law, and statutory interpretation may be helpful.

Students may not concurrently enroll in this practicum and an externship or a clinic or another practicum course.

This practicum course is open to LL.M. students, space permitting. Interested LL.M. students should email Louis Fine ( to request admission.

This course is suitable for evening students who can attend the weekly seminar and conduct 10 hours of fieldwork/week during normal business hours.

This is a four credit course. Two credits will be awarded for the two-hour weekly seminar and two credits for approximately 10 hours of fieldwork per week, for a minimum of 11 weeks, to be scheduled with the faculty. The fieldwork must be completed during normal business hours. The two-credit seminar portion of this practicum will be graded. The two credits of fieldwork are mandatory pass/fail. Students will be allowed to take another course pass/fail in the same semester as this practicum.

Students who enroll in this course will be automatically enrolled in both the seminar and fieldwork components and may not take either component separately. After Add/Drop, a student who wishes to withdraw from a practicum course must obtain permission from the faculty member and the Assistant Dean for Experiential Education. The Assistant Dean will grant such withdrawal requests only when remaining enrolled in the practicum would cause significant hardship for the student. A student who is granted permission to withdraw will be withdrawn from both the seminar and fieldwork components.

Default attendance rule for all practicum courses (unless the professor indicates otherwise): Regular and punctual attendance is required at all practicum seminars and fieldwork placements. Students in project-based practicum courses are similarly required to devote the requisite number of hours to their project. If a student must miss seminar, fieldwork, or project work, he or she must speak to the professor as soon as possible to discuss the absence. Unless the professor indicates otherwise, a student with more than one unexcused absence from the practicum seminar (out of 13 total seminar sessions), or one week of unexcused absences from the fieldwork or project work (out of a total of 11 weeks of fieldwork or project work), may receive a lower grade or, at the professor’s discretion, may be withdrawn from the practicum course.

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Personal Information


Jeff McLeod directs the Homeland Security & Public Safety (HSPS) Division at the National Governors Association (NGA). Founded in 1908, NGA is the bipartisan organization of the nation’s governors. Through NGA, governors share best practices, speak with a collective voice on national policy, and develop innovative solutions that improve state government and support the principles of federalism.

The HSPS Division supports governors and their staff in developing data-driven, evidence-based solutions to states’ most critical public safety challenges. Areas of focus for the division include homeland security, cybersecurity, emergency management, "smart states" and technology transformation, criminal justice and public safety, opioid abuse, public health preparedness, and crisis communications. Through policy academies, learning labs, and other initiatives, Professor McLeod and his team support governors’ senior advisors—including cabinet secretaries, legal counsel, and policy staff—with strategic planning and policy implementation. In addition to consultative support, the division produces reports, white papers, webinars, and other resources providing guidance to states and the broader field on best practices and state innovations in public policy.

In coordination with NGA’s Office of Government Relations, the HSPS Division supports the Council of Governors—created by Congress and formally established by Executive Order in 2010—which serves as a mechanism for governors and key federal officials to address matters pertaining to the National Guard, homeland defense, and defense support to civil authorities. Recently, the HSPS Division spearheaded former Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe’s NGA Chair's initiative, Meet the Threat: States Confront the Cyber Challenge. Through the initiative, NGA helped states develop strategies for strengthening cybersecurity practices as they relate to state IT networks, health care, education, safety, energy, transportation, critical infrastructure, economic development and workforce. In collaboration with NGA’s Health Division, the HSPS Division assisted executive-level teams from 13 states in developing comprehensive action plans for addressing the opioid epidemic. Outcomes of the policy academies included passage of state legislation, public awareness campaigns, cross-agency and regional initiatives, and new partnerships with universities and the private sector.

Professor McLeod serves on the boards of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission, the U.S. Department of Justice Global Advisory Committee, and Cure Violence. He has testified before the United States Congress and state legislative bodies, and his writing has been published in the University of Virginia Journal of Social Policy and the Law, the University of Pittsburgh Law Review, as well as The Hill, Government Technology, and other media outlets.

He graduated with highest distinction from Carnegie Mellon’s Heinz College and holds a law degree from the University of Pittsburgh where served as Lead Executive Editor of the University of Pittsburgh Law Review. He completed his undergraduate education at the University of Michigan.

Before joining NGA, Professor McLeod worked in private practice.

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