I’m pleased to introduce Stephen Galoob as a guest for the month of June.
Stephen is (as of June 1) an assistant professor at the University of Tulsa College of Law. He is a graduate of UVA law school and is finishing his Ph.D. at U.C. Berkeley’s Jurisprudence and Social Policy program.
Stephen’s scholarly work examines fundamental questions in criminal law, torts, contracts, and professional responsibility. (Although let’s be honest- does anyone ever claim that his work examines peripheral questions?)
Stephen’s dissertation, A Liberal Theory of Reparation, examines the significance of wrongs and injustices, as well as proposing an account of the justification for reparation based on the contractualist liberalism of John Rawls and T.M. Scanlon.
Stephen also writes in the field of legal ethics. His work in this area examines how professional roles in general (and the lawyer’s role in particular) have normative significance—that is, how they change what their occupants are permitted, forbidden, or required to do. Stephen examines these questions using tools from both philosophy and empirical social science. For example, his article Are Legal Ethics Ethical? (co-authored with Su Li, and forthcoming in the Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics) uses a survey-experiment to examine the connection between legal ethics rules and lay moral judgments.