Richard K. Greenstein

Professor Emeritus

Professor Richard Greenstein teaches in the fields of criminal law, jurisprudence, federal court jurisdiction, conflict of laws, and ethics.  His published scholarship focuses primarily on Jurisprudence, and he has presented papers on the philosophy of law before the American Philosophical Association, of which he is a member.  Professor Greenstein is currently working on a series of articles exploring the jurisprudence of Tax Law with Professor Alice Abreu.

Following law school, Professor Greenstein was both managing and staff attorney at the Atlanta Legal Aid Society in Atlanta, Georgia.  He taught at Georgia State University’s College of Law from 1982 to 1985, when he joined the Temple faculty.  From 1996 to 1999, Professor Greenstein was the Peter J. Liacouras Professor of Law.


LL.M., Temple University, Beasley School of Law
J.D., Vanderbilt University School of Law
B.A., Wesleyan University

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Selected Publications

Publications and Media Appearances

Selected Presentations

  • “What is the Problem,” presented at a symposium on “The Ethical Limits of Markets,” sponsored by the Georgetown Institute for the Study of Markets and Ethics, November 21, 2014
  • “The Rule of Law as a Law of Standards: Interpreting the Internal Revenue Code,” presented at the annual meeting of the Law & Society Association, May 30, 2014 (with Alice Abreu)
  • “The Rule-Standard Continuum,” presented at the annual meeting of the American Philosophical Association, Pacific Division, April 7, 2012
  • “Against Professionalism,” presented at a meeting of the William Howard Taft American Inn of Court, Ohio Northern University, April 20, 2011
  • “Defining Income: Economics Is Not Everything,” presented at the Grapperhaus Colloquium (Ferrara, Italy), September 7, 2010 (with Alice Abreu)


  • Member, American Philosophical Association