Faculty of Business and Law

Swinburne Law School

Professor Gerald F. Leonard

Professor of Law, Boston University

Gerald F. LeonardGerry Leonard is a historian of the American constitutional system and American criminal law as well as a scholar of contemporary criminal law and sentencing. He earned his PhD in 1992 and his JD in 1995, both from the University of Michigan, clerked for Justice David Souter of the United States Supreme Court, and has taught Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, and American Constitutional and Legal History at Boston University School of Law since 1997. 

His writing in constitutional history has spanned the period from the American Revolution to the coming of the Civil War, and includes The Invention of Party Politics: Federalism, Popular Sovereignty, and Constitutional Development in Jacksonian Illinois (University of North Carolina Press, 2002) and 'Law and Politics Reconsidered: A New Constitutional History of Dred Scott' (Law and Social Inquiry, 2009), among other works.

In the history and theory of criminal law, his publications include a sweeping account of the history of American substantive criminal law in 'Towards a Legal History of American Criminal Theory: Culture and Doctrine from Blackstone to the Model Penal Code' (Buffalo Criminal Law Review, 2003) and recent work on the American law of sentencing in “Punishment Without Conviction: Controlling the Use of Unconvicted Conduct in Federal Sentencing” (co-authored in the Berkeley Journal of Criminal Law, 2012).