Nathan B. Oman
Cabell Research Professor of Law
Office phone: (757) 221-3919
Office location: Room 236C
Personal web page: here
Areas of Specialization
Contract Law; Economic Analysis of Law; Jurisprudence; Law and Religion; Legal History
Teaching in Academic Year 2013-2014
Bankruptcy Survey; Business Associations; Contracts
Representative Professional Activities and Achievements
Joined the faculty in 2006. He earned his J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School, where he served on the Articles Committee of the Harvard Law Review and as an editor of the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy. He graduated from Brigham Young University, where he was a Benson Scholar, and, prior to law school, worked on the staff of Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. After law school, he clerked for the Honorable Morris Shepard Arnold of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit and worked as a litigation associate in the Washington, DC office of Sidley Austin, LLP.
- Co-author, The Supreme Court's Theory of Private Law, 62 Duke L.J. 1109 (2013) (with Jason Solomon). SSRN.
- Promise and Private Law, 45 Suffolk U. L. Rev. 935 (2012) (solicited).
- Markets as a Moral Foundation for Contract Law, 98 Iowa L. Rev. 183 (2012). SSRN.
- How to Judge Sharia Contracts: A Guide to Islamic Mahr Contracts in American Courts, 2011 Utah L. Rev. 287 (2011). SSRN.
- The Honor of Private Law, 80 Fordham L. Rev. 31 (2011).
- Why There is No Duty to Pay Damages: Powers, Duties, and Private Law, 39 Fla. St. U. L. Rev. 137 (2011) (solicited).
- Consent to Retaliation: A Civil Recourse Theory of Contractual Liability, 96 Iowa L. Rev. 529 (2011). SSRN.
- Natural Law and the Rhetoric of Empire: Reynolds v. United States, Polygamy, and Imperialism, 88 Wash. U. L. Rev. 661 (2011). SSRN.
- Bargaining in the Shadow of God’s Law: Islamic Mahr Contracts and the Perils of Legal Specialization, 45 Wake Forest L. Rev. 579 (2010). SSRN.
- Specific Performance and the Thirteenth Amendment, 93 Minn. L. Rev. 2020 (2009). SSRN.
- Preaching to the Court House and Judging in the Temple, 2009 BYU L. Rev. 157. SSRN.
- A Pragmatic Defense of Contract Law, 98 Geo. L.J. 77 (2009). SSRN.
- “The Living Oracles”: Legal Interpretation and Mormon Thought, 42 Dialogue: A Journal Of Mormon Thought 1 (2009). SSRN.
- The Failure of Economic Interpretations of the Law of Contract Damages, 64 Wash. & Lee L. Rev. 829 (2007). SSRN.
- Corporations and Autonomy Theories of Contract: A Critique of the New Lex Mercatoria, 83 Denv. U. L. Rev. 101 (2005). SSRN.
- Statutory Interpretation in Econotopia, 25 Pace L. Rev. 49 (2005). SSRN.
- Op-ed, The Arab World Needs Free Markets as Much as Democracy, Deseret News, Mar. 12, 2011.
- Op-ed, Religion Anti-discrimination and the Decline of Labor Law, Deseret News, Feb. 26, 2011.
- Op-ed, Romney and Huntsman: Two Answers to the Mormon Question, Deseret News, Feb. 5, 2011.
- Op-ed, The End of the Great Fiscal Compromise, Deseret News, Jan. 8, 2011.
- Book Review, Mordred had a Point, 43 Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought 201 (2010) (reviewing Gary Topping, Leonard J. Arrington: A Historian's Life) (solicited).
- Mormonism and Secular Government, in Mormonism: A Historical Encyclopedia 329 (Paul Reeve & Ardis Parshall, eds. 2010) (solicited).
- A Local Faith, 49 BYU Studies 163 (2010).
- Reynolds v. United States, in Mormonism: A Historical Encyclopedia 119 (Paul Reeve & Ardis Parshall, eds. 2010) (solicited).
- Op-ed, Glenn Beck Bad News forReligious Conservatism, Richmond Times-Dispatch, Dec. 30, 2010.
- Op-ed, Our Clumsy System Best for Church and Market, Deseret News, Dec. 26, 2010.
- Op-ed, Sharia Law Poses No Threat to American Courts, Deseret News, Dec. 19, 2010.
- Op-ed, Prosperity Versus Equality at the Polls, Deseret News, Nov. 1, 2010.
- Op-ed, Balanced Budget Amendment is Dangerous Gimmick, Not Solution, Deseret News, Sept. 19, 2010.
- Op-ed, The Hidden Cost of Auto Bailouts, Wash. Times, Aug. 10, 2010.
- Co-author, Op-ed, The End of an Idea, National Review Online, July 5, 2010 (with Alan Meese).
- Op-ed, Why Conservatives Should Support Gay Marriage, Patheos, July 7, 2009.
- Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in Encyclopedia of the Supreme Court of the United States 301 (David S. Tanenhaus et al., eds. 2008) (solicited).
- Book Review, The Scholar as Celebrant, 41 Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought 163 (2008) (reviewing Terryl Givens, People of Paradox: A Cultural History Of Mormonism) (solicited).
- Op-ed, Mormonism's Al Smith Moment?, San Francisco Chronicle, Jan. 2, 2008, at B7 (reprinted in The Salt Lake Tribune).
- Contract Law and Morality: Introduction, 48 Wm. & Mary L. Rev. 1643 (2007). SSRN.
- Shylock and Article Nine of the U.C.C., in Perspectives on the Uniform Commercial Code 106 (Douglas E. Litowitz ed., 2d ed. 2007).
- A Defense of the Authority of Church Doctrine, 40 Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought 1 (2007).
- Jurisprudence and the Problem of Church Doctrine, 2 Element: The Journal of the Society for Mormon Philosophy and Theology 1 (2006).
- Book Review, Unity and Pluralism in Contract Law, 103 Mich. L. Rev. 1483 (2005) (reviewing Stephen Smith, Contract Theory). SSRN.
- Secret Combinations: A Legal Analysis, 16 FARMS Rev. of Books 49 (2004).
- Note, Wagering on Religious Freedom, 116 Harv. L. Rev. 946 (2003). SSRN.
- Case Comment, Washington v. Heckel, 24 P.3d 404 (Wash. 2001), cert. denied, 70 U.S.L.W. 3193 (U.S. Oct. 29, 2001) (No. 01-469), 115 Harv. L. Rev. 931 (2002).
- Case Comment, Republican Party of Minnesota v. White, 122 S. Ct. 2528 (2002), 116 Harv. L. Rev. 272 (2002).
- Book Review, Story of a Forgotten Battle, 2002 BYU L. Rev. 745 (reviewing Sarah Barringer Gordon, The Mormon Question: Polygamy and Constitutional Conflict in Nineteenth Century America). SSRN.
- Book Review, 41 BYU Studies 71 (2002) (reviewing Sarah Barringer Gordon, The Mormon Question).
- Book Review, Out of Zion Shall Go Forth the Law, 12 FARMS Rev. of Books 113 (2000) (reviewing Richard Collin Mangrum & Edwin Firmage, Zion in the Courts: A Legal History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1830-1900).