Stephen Galoob, PhD, JD

Stephen Galoob
Stephen Galoob, PhD, JD
Chapman Professor of Law
College of Law
918-631-2464 College of Law


PhD – University of California-Berkeley MA – University of California-Berkeley JD – University of Virginia School of Law BA – University of Oklahoma


Stephen Galoob is Professor of Law at the University of Tulsa College of Law. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia Law School and received his Ph.D. from U.C. Berkeley’s Jurisprudence and Social Policy program. Prior to attending graduate school, Stephen practiced law as a commercial litigator in Washington, D.C.

Stephen’s scholarly work examines fundamental questions in criminal law, torts, contracts, and professional responsibility. He is currently writing a book elucidating and applying fiduciary principles to topics in legal and political theory.

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.

Since 2018, Stephen has worked with several TU Law students as part of Oklahomans for Criminal Justice Reform's Project Commutation, which brought together criminal lawyers, criminal justice policy experts, politicians, and other advocates for criminal justice reform as part of an effort to reduce Oklahoma’s first-in-the-nation rate of incarceration. These efforts have helped secure commutations for dozens of Oklahomans sentenced to over 4000 years of imprisonment.


Law Reviews

Book Chapters

  • Fiduciary Principles and Public Offices (with Ethan Leib), in The Oxford Handbook of Fiduciary Law (Evan Criddle, Paul Miller, and Robert Sitkoff, eds.) (2019).

  • Fiduciary Political Theory and Legitimacy (with Ethan Leib), in Fiduciary Government (Evan Criddle, Evan Fox-Decent, Andrew Gold, Sung Hui Kim, and Paul Miller, eds.) (2018).

  • The Core of Fiduciary Political Theory (with Ethan Leib), in Research Handbook on Fiduciary Law (Andrew Gold and Gordon Smith, eds.) (2018).

Dissertation Projects

  • Stephen Galoob, A Liberal Theory of Reparation, 2015.

Book Reviews

Courses Taught

  • Criminal Procedure: Police Practices
  • Tulsa Law Review
  • Criminal Law & Administration
  • The Law, Ethics and Psychology of Responsibility
  • Professional Responsibility

Awards & Honors

  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • National Merit Scholarship