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Gregg Strauss

Professor
Unit: School of Law
Department: School of Law
Office location and address
WB389
580 Massie Rd
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Education
Ph.D. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 2013
J.D. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 2010
B.A. Emory University 2004
Biography

Gregg Strauss joined the faculty in the summer of 2015 after two years as a visiting assistant professor at Duke Law School. His interests lie at the intersection of family law, jurisprudence and political philosophy. He writes about the limits of legitimate law in situations of fundamental disagreement, with an emphasis on familial relationships. His latest articles argue that the law has a legitimate reason for regulating adult relationships through marriage.

Strauss holds a Ph.D. in philosophy and a J.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he graduated summa cum laude and was elected to the Order of the Coif. While at Illinois, he taught Introduction to Philosophy of Law and Introduction to Ethics. Before law school, he received his bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, from Emory University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. After law school, he clerked for two years for Judges Barbara Crabb and William Conley in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin.

LAW 6007: Torts
Credits: 4
The course examines liability for civil wrongs that do not arise out of contract. It explores three standards of conduct: liability for intentional wrongdoing, negligence, and liability without fault, or strict liability, and other issues associated with civil liability, such as causation, damages, and defenses. Battery, medical malpractice, products liability, and tort reform will also be covered.
LAW 7030: Family Law
Credits: 3
This course focuses on the law surrounding intimate relationships between adults. In particular, we will focus on the institution of marriage and its changing scope and social meaning, divorce and its financial consequences, and the parent-child relationship, including establishing parenthood, adoption, child custody, and child support.
LAW 7086: Jurisprudence
Credits: 3
Jurisprudence
LAW 8804: FT Externship: Directed Study
Credits: 3
This directed study is one part of a two-part full-time externship combining academic study and work experience under the supervision of a faculty member and an educational, charitable, governmental or nonprofit host organization.
LAW 8813: Independent Research
Credits: 3
This course is a semester-long independent research project resulting in a substantial research paper supervised and graded by a selected law school faculty member.
LAW 9089: Seminar in Ethical Values (YR)
This is the first semester of a yearlong seminar designed to enhance students' understanding of ethical issues and address the broader ethical and moral responsibilities of the lawyer as citizen and leader.
LAW 9090: Seminar in Ethical Values (YR)
Credits: 1
This is the second semester of a yearlong seminar designed to enhance students' understanding of ethical issues and address the broader ethical and moral responsibilities of the lawyer as citizen and leader.
LAW 9281: Legal Theory Workshop Seminar
Credits: 2–3
This seminar will explore legal issues from a philosophically informed perspective. The course offers the opportunity for students to interact with prominent scholars, to help shape cutting-edge work, to hone their writing skills, to develop their own ideas through independent research, and to gain practice and feedback about the art of asking a good question.