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Gregory Keating

William T. Dalessi Professor of Law and PhilosophyUSC Gould School of Law

Gregory Keating
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Gregory C. Keating joined the USC Law faculty in 1991 and was promoted to full professor in 1996; he also holds a joint appointment with the USC Department of Philosophy. He teaches torts, legal ethics, and seminars in legal and political philosophy.

Professor Keating graduated summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa from Amherst College, earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in political philosophy from Princeton University, and graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School. After graduating from Harvard, he practiced law in Massachusetts for five years before joining USC Law. He has been a visiting professor at Harvard Law School and at the Buchmann Faculty of Law, Tel Aviv, Israel.

Professor Keating is an editor of a torts casebook and writes on torts, professional responsibility and legal theory. He has published articles on the morality of reasonable risk imposition and the law of negligence more generally; on the history of and moral justification for strict liability in tort; on why justice requires that we take inefficiently great precaution against significant risks of death and devastating injury; and on issues of professional responsibility, with particular attention to the problems that confront practicing lawyers. Some of his recent titles include “Putting Duty in its Place," with Dilan A. Esper, (Loyola Law Review, 2008) (Symposium: Frontiers of Tort Liability), “Pricelessness and Life: An Essay for Guido Calabresi,” (Maryland Law Review, 2005) (Symposium: Calabresi’s Costs of Accidents), and “Rawlsian Fairness and Regime Choice in the Law of Accidents” (Fordham Law Review, 2004) (Symposium: Rawls and the Law).

A former teaching fellow at Harvard and Princeton universities, Professor Keating served as an officer of the Section on Jurisprudence of the American Association of Law Schools. He also has consulted with the County of Los Angeles on issues of professional responsibility and conflicts of interest.



  • Cases and Materials on Tort and Accident Law, 4th ed. (with Robert Keeton and Lewis D. Sargentich) (West Group, 2004).
  • Teacher’s Manual to Accompany Tort and Accident Law, 4th ed. (with Robert Keeton and Lewis Sargentich) (West Group, 2005).
  • Cases and Materials on Tort and Accident Law, 3rd ed. (with Robert E. Keeton and Lewis D. Sargentich) (West Group, 1998).
  • Teacher's Manual to Accompany Tort and Accident Law, 3rd ed. (with Robert Keeton and Lewis Sargentich) (West Group, 1998).

Contribution to Book

  • "Strict Liability Wrongs," in Philosophical Foundations of Tort Law (John Oberdiek, ed.) (Oxford University Press, 2014).
  • "The Ambiguous Standing of Suffering in Negligence Law," in Knowing the Suffering of Others: Legal Perspectives on Pain and Its Meaning (Austin Sarat, ed.) (University of Alabama Press, forthcoming 2014).
  • "When is Emotional Distress Harm?" in Tort Law: Challenging Orthodoxy (Stephen G. A. Pitel, Jason W. Neyers, and Erica Chamberlain, eds.) (Hart Pub., 2013).
  • "Is the Role of Tort Law to Correct Wrongful Losses?" in Rights in Private Law (D. Nolan and A. Robertson, eds.) (Hart Pub. 2012).
  • "A Social Contract Conception of the Tort Law of Accidents," in Philosophy and the Law of Torts (G. Postema, ed.) (Cambridge University Press, 2001).

Book Reviews

  • "Justifying Hercules: Ronald Dworkin and the Review of Law." Review of Law's Empire, by Ronald Dworkin. 1987 American Bar Foundation Research Journal 525.

Other Works

  • "The New ABA Model Rule 1.6 and Expansion of Duties of Mandatory Disclosure," Proceedings of the ABA Forum on Air and Space Law, ABA Annual Meeting, Fall 2004 (with Christine Kawasaki).
  • "Vexing Situations: Ethics and International Practice," 13.2 The California International Practitioner 10 (2004) (with Neil Millard and Robert E. Lutz).
  • "Fairness and Two Fundamental Questions in the Tort Law of Accidents" (Social Science Research Network Working Paper Series, Spring 2000).
  • "Restating or Misstating the Law of Products Liability." USC Law 16 (Spring 1999).


  • Legal Rationality and the Rule of Law. Ph.D. dissertation at Princeton University, 1993.

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