Maureen E. Brady

  • Associate Professor of Law

Molly Brady joined the faculty as an associate professor of law in 2016. Her primary interests are in property law, land use law, local government law, legal history and intellectual property law. Her scholarship uses historical analyses of property institutions, doctrinal rules, land use policies and constitutional property provisions to explore broader theoretical questions. Her work has appeared (or is forthcoming) in the Yale Law Journal, Harvard Law Review, Virginia Law Review, University of Pennsylvania Law Review Online and Cardozo Law Review, among other journals.

Brady has received recognition for both teaching and research. In 2019, she received the UVA Student Council Distinguished Teaching Award, in 2018 she received the Z Society Distinguished Faculty Award for “one outstanding member of the University’s faculty who has positively impacted the student body,” and in 2017 she was honored at the Seven Society 27th Annual Monticello Dinner Series for “exemplary scholarship and transformative instruction of students at the University of Virginia School of Law.” Her article, “The Forgotten History of Metes and Bounds,” won the Association of American Law Schools’ 2019 Scholarly Papers Prize for junior faculty members in their first five years of law teaching.

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 and 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 and Projection," Harv. L. Rev. (forthcoming).

"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).


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