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Inexcusable Wrongs

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John Goldberg, Goldston Professor of Law at Harvard University, presented “Inexcusable Wrongs” as the University of Georgia School of Law’s 111th Sibley Lecturer on April 11 at 3:30 p.m. in the Hatton Lovejoy Courtroom of Hirsch Hall.

An expert in tort law, tort theory and political philosophy, Goldberg discussed how tort law has little patience for excuses while criminal law is more forgiving. He offered a unified account of many of tort law’s core features as well as a broadened understanding of what it means for law to identify conduct as wrongful and for law to set up schemes for holding wrongdoers accountable.

A former judicial clerk for Justice Byron White of the U.S. Supreme Court, Goldberg joined the Harvard Law School faculty in 2008. Previously, he was a faculty member at Vanderbilt University Law School, where he served as associate dean for research from 2006 to 2008.

In addition to publishing numerous articles in respected law journals, Goldberg is the co-author of Tort Law: Responsibilities and Redress. He is also a member of the editorial board of Legal Theory and serves as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Tort Law.

Goldberg earned his Juris Doctor from the New York University School of Law and his bachelor’s degree with high honors from Wesleyan University. He also holds a Master of Philosophy in Politics from Oxford University and a Master of Arts in Politics from Princeton University.

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