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Brian Gallini

Brian Gallini

Associate Dean for Faculty and Professor of Law

School of Law


Phone: 479-575-6973

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Professor Brian Gallini received his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School in 2002. While at Michigan, he served as the Articles Editor on the Michigan Journal of International Law. After his graduation from law school, Professor Gallini served as a judicial clerk to the Honorable Robert W. Clifford on the Maine Supreme Judicial Court and practiced white-collar criminal defense at the Washington, D.C., office of Duane Morris LLP.

He later left practice to clerk for the Honorable Richard Allen Griffin on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit Court. Before joining the University of Arkansas, Professor Gallini taught for two years at the Temple University Beasley School of Law in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Professor Gallini’s scholarship focuses on law enforcement discretion issues in the context of interrogation methods, consent searches, and profiling. He regularly presents papers at a variety of conferences, roundtables, and colloquia. His piece, Schneckloth v. Bustamonte: History's Unspoken Fourth Amendment Anomaly, won the Southeastern Association of American Law Schools Call for Papers competition and his work has been published in the Hastings Law JournalGeorge Mason Law Review, and Tennessee Law Review — among others. His expert commentary has also been featured in global media outlets including The Wall Street JournalChicago Tribune, and Los Angeles Times.

In the classroom, Professor Gallini teaches a variety of doctrinal criminal courses, including Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure I & II, and Federal Criminal Law. He has also developed seminars titled Problems in Police Discretion, and Crime & the Supreme Court. Professor Gallini has taught criminal courses internationally in St. Petersburg, Russia, and Lodz, Poland. For his teaching, he has received the School of Law award for outstanding teaching and the graduation award for hooding. 

Outside of academia, Professor Gallini has coached ice hockey for the past several years. Before coming to Arkansas, he served as the Head Coach for the University of Pennsylvania Men’s Ice Hockey Team and has coached the University of Arkansas Men’s Ice Hockey Team since 2009. In six seasons with Arkansas, he has amassed a 161-48-4 record, five SECHC titles, five top ten South/Pacific Region finishes, and three trips to Nationals. He was voted the 2013-14 SECHC Coach of the Year. You can follow his team at http://arhockey.westernchl.com/.

Professor Gallini lives in Fayetteville with his wife, Beth, and their two sons—Braxton and Caden.


"The Historical Case for Abandoning Strickland," 94 Neb. L. Rev. __ (forthcoming Oct. 2015) (2015 Southeastern Association of Law Schools Call-for-Papers Winner).

"Nuremberg Lives On: How Justice Jackson’s International Experience Continues to Shape Domestic Criminal Procedure," 46 Loy. U. Chi. L.J. 1 (2014) (lead article).

"HBO’s The Wire & Criminal Procedure: A Match Made in Heaven," 64 J. Legal Ed. 114 (2014).

"Teaching Federal Criminal Law: Survey Says... “'It’s hard'”, 11 Ohio St. J. Crim. L. 795 (2014).

"Bringing Down a Legend: How an “Independent” Grand Jury Ended Joe Paterno’s Career", 80 Tenn. L. Rev. 705 (2013) (featured on The Faculty Lounge Blog & Evidence Prof Blog).

"Does Proving Predicate Offenses in Arkansas Require Proof Beyond a Reasonable Doubt?", 2013 Ark. Law Notes 1520 (2013) (with Britta Stamps).

"Rethinking Schneckloth v. Bustamonte", 42 Search & Seizure Law Report 9 (2013) (solicited).

From Philly to Fayetteville: Reflections on Teaching Criminal Law in the First Year . . . Four Years Later, 10 Ohio St. J. Crim. L. 651 (2013).

"Schneckloth v. Bustamonte: History's Unspoken Fourth Amendment Anomaly", 79 Tenn. L. Rev. 233 (2012) (lead article and 2012 Southeastern Association of Law Schools Call-for-Papers Winner).

"To Serve and Protect? Officers as Expert Witnesses in Federal Drug Prosecutions", 19 Geo. Mason Law Rev. 363 (2012) (featured on Evidence Prof Blog).

"Car Stops, Borders, and Profiling: The Hunt for Undocumented (Illegal?) Immigrants in Border Towns", 89 Neb. L. Rev. 709 (2011) (with Elizabeth Young).

"From Philly to Fayetteville: Reflections on Teaching Criminal Law in the First Year", 83 Temp. L. Rev. 475 (2011).

"Driving Through Arkansas? Have Your DNA Sample Ready", 37 Search & Seizure Law Report 45 (2010) (solicited).

"Police "Science" in the Interrogation Room: The Use of Pseudo-Psychological Interrogation Methods to Obtain Seventy Years of Inadmissible Confessions", 61 Hastings L.J. 529 (2010) (lead article).

"Step Out of the Car: License, Registration, and DNA Please", 62 Ark. L. Rev. 475 (2009) (solicited).

"Help Wanted: Seeking One Good Appellate Brief That Forces the Arkansas Supreme Court to Clarify its Criminal Discovery Jurisprudence", 2009 Ark. L. Notes 97 (2009) (peer-edited).

"Equal Sentences for Unequal Participation: Should the Eighth Amendment Allow All Juvenile Murder Accomplices to Receive Life Without Parole?" 87 Or. L. Rev. 29 (2008) (lead article and featured on Juvenile Justice Blog).

"Herding Bullfrogs Towards a More Balanced Wheelbarrow: An Illustrative Recommendation for Federal Sentencing Post-Booker", 33 Notre Dame J. Legis. 1 (2006) (with Emily Shults).

In The News

Tony Batt, "Casinos Cautioned Over Mixed Messages on Internet Gambling," Gambling Compliance (Aug. 2, 2013).

Interview, Arkansas Radio Network News (June 3, 2013).

Matt McGowan, "Cruel & Unusual Sentences for Unequal Actions," Research Frontiers (May 2013).

Ben Manning, "Law Professor Says Paterno Treated Unfairly," wearecentralpa.com (Apr. 19, 2013).

Shain Bergan, "Sexual Abuse Investigation Unfairly Named Joe Paterno, UA Prof Says," 5newsonline.com (Apr. 18, 2013).

Associated Press, "Sen. Pryor Reacts to Fake Phone Calls," KHBS (Mar. 25, 2013).

Chad Day, "New Sheriff Puts Hold on Fugitive: 2003 Warrant Served at Prison", nwaonline.com (Jan. 27, 2013).

Tony Batt, "Casinos Battle State Lotteries in Internet Poker Lobbying Blitz", Gambling Compliance (Dec. 4, 2012).

Tony Batt, "Casino Advocates Refuse to Fold on Arkansas Ballot Hopes", Gambling Compliance (Aug. 17, 2012).

Lisa Hammersly & Adam Wallworth, "To Protect and Sell? Law Enforcement Gun Auctions Pull in Cash, But Also Put Seized Firearms Back on Street", nwaonline.com (May 6, 2012).

Mary Silver, "Supreme Court Considers Life Sentences for Juveniles", The Epoch Times (Mar. 16, 2012).

Suzi Parker, West Memphis Three: $100,000 reward offered to clear their names, Christian Science Monitor (Feb. 28, 2012).

"DoJ's Wire Act Ruling Lights Fire For Federal Regulation," Gambling Compliance (Jan. 2, 2012).

Adam Wallworth, "Lawyers battle over medicating man for sane trial", Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (January 2, 2012).

Bob Caudle and Tracy Neal, "Police: Man Removed Ankle Monitor, Robbed Rogers Bank", NWAOnline.com (Nov. 4, 2011).

Chris Freiberg, "15-year-old Case: Murder Retrial to Begin", NWAOnline.com (Oct. 24, 2011).

Chris Freiberg, "10 Years Isn't Always 10 Years: Many Criminal Cases Include Suspended Sentences", NWAOnline.com (Oct. 17, 2011).

Chris Freiberg, "1996 Disappearance: Case Goes To Trial Today", NWAOnline.com (Aug. 15, 2011).

Interview, KCBS News Radio in San Francisco (July 19, 2011).

Stephanie Simon, "Attack Suspect Battles His Own Lawyers", The Wall Street Journal (July 19, 2011).

Adam Wallworth, "Green Forest Man Denied New Trial", NWAOnline.com (July 16, 2011).

Richard A. Serrano, "Government Isn't Touching Arkansas Terrorism Case", L.A. Times (July 11, 2011).

Staff, "Reversal Sought in Gun Case", Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (May 13, 2011).

Tony Batt, "PokerStars Faces Fresh FBI Probe in Nevada", Gambling Compliance (Apr. 20, 2011).

Associated Press, "Online Poker Faces Cloudy Future", The Seattle Times (Apr. 20, 2011).

Interview, KOMO News Radio in Seattle (Apr. 19, 2011).

Gregory Karp, "Online Poker Industry Ponders Next Move", The Chicago Tribune (Apr. 18, 2011).

Adam Wallworth, "Plea of Krause Leaves Queries: Weapons Case Can be Reopened", Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (Mar. 12, 2011).

Adam Franks, "A Public Defense: Looking at Strategies in this Week's Capital Murder Trial", Bentonville Courier (Apr. 12, 2010).

Radley Balko, "Clemency Under Fire: A Parolee Turned Cop Killer Sparks an Ill-Informed Debate about Pardons and Commutations", Reason Magazine (March 2010).

KNWA Television Interview on the Maurice Clemmons Clemency Controversy (Nov. 30, 2009)

Mike Linn, "Prison time pared for ex-school clerk; Judge agrees 80-year term excessive," Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (Sept. 12, 2009).

Walter Hamilton, ""Bernard Madoff gets 150 years", L.A. Times (June 29, 2009)

Interview, KCSN Radio in California (Mar. 23, 2009).

In the Sports Media

"Hogs Hockey on a Roll," KFSM Television Story (Feb. 18, 2014).

"Arkansas Wins Conference Hockey Championship," 5NewsOnline.com (Feb. 9, 2014).

"Alabama falls to Arkansas 2-1," Pelham News Television Story (Feb. 9, 2014).

"Arkansas wins SEC hockey tournament championship over Bama," al.com (Feb. 9, 2014).

"Hogs Win SEC title," KFSM Television Story on Razorback Hockey (Feb. 9, 2014).

40/29 Television Story on Razorback Hockey (Nov. 23, 2013).

"Liz Learns It," KNWA Television Story (Nov. 20, 2013).

Arkansas Newswire, "Ice Hogs Earn Third SECHC Title" (Feb. 27, 2013).

Skip Vaughn, "Arkansas Dethrones Alabama for Hockey Championship", al.com (Feb. 24, 2013).

Skip Vaughn, "Alabama, Arkansas Advance to Final of Hockey Tournament", al.com (Feb. 24, 2013).

KFSM Television Story on Razorback Hockey (Feb. 3, 2012).

Tal Pinchevsky, "Thanks to SEC hockey, football's fiercest rivals hit the ice", NHL.com (December 24, 2011).

THV Little Rock News, Hog Wild Weekend (Nov. 19, 2011).

"Razorbacks Hit the Ice", 40/29 News (Sept. 16, 2011).

Matt Watson, "Hockey Hogs Hauling in Hardware", Northwest Arkansas Times (April 11, 2011).

KFSM Television Story on Razorback Hockey (March 24, 2011).

"Ice Hogs Capture Second Consecutive SECHC Title", Newswire (March 2, 2011).

Kathy Gierer, S"outh Eastern Collegiate Hockey Conference: Arkansas beats Florida for championship title", Columbus Ledger-Enquirer (Feb. 28, 2011).

KNWA Television Story on Razorback Hockey (February 24, 2011).

Tonya McCoy, "Hogs on Ice", @Urban Magazine (December 2010).

Becca Bacon Martin, "Black (& Blue): UA Hockey Club Looking to Score", Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (November 26, 2010).

KFSM Television Story on Razorback Hockey (October 20, 2010).

Brandon Marcello, "Razorback Hockey Club Eyes National Title", Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (March 10, 2010).

Interview, KUAF Radio in Arkansas (March 7, 2010).

Andy Albertson and Heidi Stambuck, "Razorback Ice Hockey Team Wins Conference Title, Advances to National Championships", Arkansas Newswire (March 4, 2010).