Maureen E. Brady

  • Associate Professor of Law

Molly Brady joined the faculty as an associate professor of law in 2016. Her primary teaching and research interests are in property law, land use law, local government law, legal history and intellectual property law. Her scholarship undertakes historical analyses of legal rules and land use policies, using these analyses to account for developments in eminent domain law, to illuminate connections between property and other doctrinal areas, and to explore how different institutions respond to problems in city planning and governance.

Brady received an A.B. summa cum laude in history from Harvard College, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and was awarded the Harvard-Radcliffe Foundation for Women's Athletics Prize for the top female scholar-athlete. Brady then obtained her J.D. from Yale Law School, where she was the two-time recipient of the Parker Prize for legal history scholarship and was awarded the Quintin Johnstone Prize in Real Property Law, the Jewell Prize (for an outstanding contribution to a Yale Law School journal), and the Cullen Prize (for the best paper written by a first-year student). During law school, she served as co-editor-in-chief of the Yale Journal of Law and Technology and was a Coker Teaching Fellow in contract law. After graduating, she served as a clerk to Judge Bruce M. Selya on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and practiced at Ropes & Gray in Boston as a corporate associate focusing on intellectual property transactions. Before arriving at Virginia, she earned a Ph.D. in law from Yale University.


  • J.D.
    Yale Law School
  • Ph.D.
    Yale University
  • A.B.
    Harvard University

"Property Convergence in Takings Law," Pepp. L. Rev. (forthcoming).

"The Forgotten History of Metes and Bounds," Yale L. J. (forthcoming).

“The Damagings Clauses,” 104 Va. L. Rev. 341 (2018).
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Penn Central Squared: What the Many Factors of Murr v. Wisconsin Mean for Property Federalism,” 166 U. Pa. L. Rev. Online 53 (2017).
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"Property’s Ceiling: State Courts and the Expansion of Takings Clause Property," 102 Va. L. Rev. 1167 (2016).
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"The Lost 'Effects' of the Fourth Amendment: Giving Personal Property Due Protection," 125 Yale L.J. 946 (2016).
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"Defining 'Navigability': Balancing State-Court Flexibility and Private Rights in Waterways," 36 Cardozo L. Rev. 1415 (2015).
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"The Failure of America’s First City Plan," 46 Urb. Law. 507 (2014).

"Leaving Room for Research: The Historical Treatment of the Common-Law Research Exemption in Congress and the Courts, and its Relationship to Biotech Law and Policy," 12 Yale J.L. & Tech. 269 (2010).