Faculty Profiles

Stephen Nayak-Young

Stephen Nayak-Young

Law and Philosophy Program Fellow
B.A. University of British Columbia, 1997
J.D. Harvard Law School, 2000
M.A. University of Toronto, 2008
Ph.D. University of Michigan, expected 2014

Stephen Nayak-Young is a Fellow in Law and Philosophy at UCLA School of Law for 2014-2016.  His research and teaching interests are primarily in philosophy of law, social and political philosophy, and ethics.

Nayak-Young earned his B.A. in Philosophy from the University of British Columbia, his J.D. from Harvard Law School, and his M.A. in Philosophy from the University of Toronto.  Nayak-Young expects to receive his Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Michigan in 2014.

Nayak-Young has received numerous honors and awards, including the Michigan Philosophy Departmental Fellowships, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Doctoral Fellowship, the Rackham Research Fellowship, and the Weinberg Dissertation Fellowship.

After obtaining his J.D., Nayak-Young worked as a Corporate and Transactional Associate for Cooley Godward LLP, and was a Business Litigation Associate for Quinn Emanuel LLP.  He was an Editor for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, and an Employment Litigation Associate for Pyle Rome PC.

Nayak-Young’s scholarship has appeared or is forthcoming in the University of Pittsburgh Law Review, the International Journal of Constitutional Law, and in Emerging Issues in Employment Discrimination Law.

Winter Quarter 2015 Course:

Philosophy M257. Law and Morality in the Workplace taught by Stephen Nayak-Young

In this seminar, we will investigate two broad themes – namely, workplace authority and connections between work law and distributive justice – by canvassing a selection of specific ethical and legal issues related to the workplace and work relationships. Among the issues we will canvas include: whether the current presumption of managerial authority in the workplace can be justified; what the proper bounds of such authority should be; and to what extent and in what ways work law does and should aim to advance distributive justice. Specific topics will likely include: duties and obligations attaching to the parties within work relationships; freedom of speech and other civil liberties in the workplace; sexual harassment and workplace bullying; discrimination; unions and collective action; the nature of slavery and “indentured servitude”; what it means to “commodify” workers and work; in what ways a just society should permit or forbid such commodification.

Students will be required to do the reading, write five short reaction papers, attend the seminar, participate, and write a longer (10-15 page) analytical research paper, which will be due around the end of March.

Interested law students are welcome to contact Stephen Nayak-Young (nayakyoung@law.ucla.edu) if they wish to cross enroll and may be eligible for core course credit for the law and philosophy specialization. No prior background is necessary, but an interest in theoretical approaches to moral and legal issues as well an interest in abstract, philosophical thinking and writing are essential. All law students and all philosophy graduate students are welcome and have the relevant preparation.