Bradley A. MacLean

Adjunct Professor of Law
Assistant Post-Conviction Defender, Tennessee Office of the Post-Conviction Defender

Brad MacLean joined the staff of the Tennessee Office of the Post-Conviction Defender, which represents death row inmates, as an assistant post-conviction defender, in 2009. He had previously served executive director of the Tennessee Justice Project, which he joined in January 2007. Before devoting his career to representing inmates sentenced to death, Professor MacLean practiced for 26 years as a member of the law firm of Stites & Harbison.

Professor MacLean has worked on death penalty cases since 1990. At the Office of the Post-Conviction Defender, he represents inmates sentenced to death in state post-conviction, federal habeas corpus and clemency cases. He has served on the American Bar Association Death Penalty Moratorium Implementation Project and the Tennessee Assessment Team.

Professor MacLean has served on Vanderbilt's adjunct law faculty since 1993. He currently teaches a course on the death penalty. He has been awarded the Nashville Bar Association Liberty Bell Award, the Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers’ Lionel Barrett Award for outstanding work in the death penalty arena, and the Legal Service Award from the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty. He is a Nashville Bar Foundation Fellow. He holds a B.A. in philosophy from Stanford University, a M.A. in education from Emory University, and graduated first in his class at Vanderbilt Law School, where he received the Founders Medal.

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(615) 253-1986 (voice)


J.D. Vanderbilt University
M.A.T. Emory University
A.B. Stanford University