Stephen Galoob PhD, JD

Associate Professor of Law College of Law
College of Law 918-631-2464
Curriculum Vitae [PDF]


Stephen Galoob is an associate professor 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. with the firm of Shea & Gardner and (after that firm’s combination) Goodwin Procter LLP.

Stephen’s scholarly work examines fundamental questions in criminal law, torts, contracts, and professional responsibility. He is currently writing articles concerning blackmail, the nature of norms, fiduciary concepts, reparation, and political legitimacy.

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 analytic philosophy and empirical social science. For example, his article Are Legal Ethics Ethical? (co-authored with Su Li) uses a survey-experiment to examine the connection between legal ethics rules and lay moral judgments.

Ph.D., University of California-Berkeley
M.A., University of California-Berkeley
J.D., University of Virginia School of Law
B.A., University of Oklahoma

The following may be selected publications rather than a comprehensive list.

Law Reviews

The Ethical Identity of Law Students, 23 Int'l J. Leg. Profession 235 (2016).

Fiduciary Political Theory: A Critique, (with Ethan Leib) 125 Yale L.J. 1821 (2016).

Norms, Attitudes and Compliance (reviewing Geoffrey Brennan, Lina Eriksson, Robert E. Goodin, and Nicholas Southwood, Explaining Norms), (with Adam Hill) 50 Tulsa L. Rev. 614 (2015).

Review of Stephen Winter, Transitional Justice in Established Democracies: A Political Theory, 50 J. Value Inquiry 249 (2014).

Intentions, Compliance, and Fiduciary Obligations, (with Ethan Leib) 20 Legal Theory 106 (2014).

Are Legal Ethics Ethical? A Survey Experiment, 26 Geo. J. of Legal Ethics 481 (2013).

How Do Roles Generate Reasons? A Method of Legal Ethics, 15 Legal Ethics 1 (2012).