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Gregory Keating

Gregory Keating

Maurice Jones, Jr. – Class of 1925 Professor of Law and Philosophy

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Last Updated: February 28, 2019




Gregory C. Keating joined the USC Gould School of 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.

Keating graduated summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa from Amherst College, earned an MA and PhD 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 Gould. He has been a visiting professor at Harvard Law School and at the Buchmann Faculty of Law, Tel Aviv, Israel.

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 “Products Liability As Enterprise Liability”, (forthcoming, Journal of Tort Law 2017); Comment on Gardner: Duty and Right in Private Law (forthcoming, Jerusalem Journal of Legal Studies 2017); “Is Cost-Benefit Analysis the Only Game in Town? (SSRN 2016); Must the Hand Formula Not Be Named? (University of Pennsylvania Law Review, 2015); “Strict Liability Wrongs” (Philosophical Foundations of Tort Law, 2014); “When is Emotional Distress Harm?” (Tort Law: Challenging Orthodoxy, 2013); and “The Priority of Respect Over Repair” (Legal Theory 2012).

A former teaching fellow at Harvard and Princeton universities, 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.

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

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KPCC-FM's "Air Talk"
May 16, 2019
Re: Jody David Armour

Jody Armour commented on Harvard Law School's decision to remove a Harvard faculty member from his position as head of a student house after joining Harvey Weinstein's team of defense attorneys. Armour noted that the situation may quickly devolve into a slippery slope. "The students feeling uncomfortable is not sufficient reason standing alone to dismiss someone from a position," he explained. "Nobody should be dismissed if people feel uncomfortable around them, for example, because they're an LGBTQ member." Armour also noted the potential broader implications of the decision, saying that "at some point, when you start down that road, you will have a real chilling effect on what professors are willing to say and do."

RECENT SCHOLARSHIP

Gregory Keating
March, 2019

"Sovereign and Subordinate Conceptions of Corrective Justice," The Landscape of Private Law Conference, Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA. 

Daniel Klerman
March, 2019

“Legal Origin from Outer Space,” Keynote Speaker, QuantLaw Conference, University of Arizona Law School, Tucson, AZ.

Ariela Gross
March, 2019

"The Law of Race and Freedom: An Interview with Ariela Gross and Alejandro de la Fuente" was published, based on their plenary lecture at the American Society for Legal History Annual Meeting, in Law and History Review Online.