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Brian R. Gallini

Brian R. Gallini

Professor of Law and Director of Online Initiatives

(LAWD)-Dean of Law


Phone: 479-575-6973

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Brian Gallini, professor and senior associate dean for faculty, joined the University of Arkansas School of Law faculty in 2008. His scholarship, which focuses on law enforcement discretion issues in the context of interrogation methods, consent searches and profiling, has been published in some of the nation’s top law journals. Gallini teaches a variety of doctrinal criminal courses. He has developed seminars and taught overseas. He is interviewed regularly by local, state, national and international media outlets to provide legal perspective on current events.

Gallini regularly presents papers at a variety of conferences, roundtables and colloquia. He has twice won the Southeastern Association of American Law Schools Call for Papers competition and he was named the 2017 SEC Faculty Achievement Award Winner. His work has been published in the Hastings Law Journal, George Mason Law Review and Tennessee Law Review — among others. His expert commentary has been featured in global media outlets including The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Christian Science Monitor and Arkansas Democrat-Gazette as well stories distributed through the Associated Press.

In the classroom, Gallini teaches 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.

Before coming to the university, 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 left practice to clerk for the Honorable Richard Allen Griffin on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit Court and taught for two years at the Temple University Beasley School of Law in Philadelphia.

Gallini received a Bachelor of Arts in Russian studies from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts. He earned a Juris Doctor form the University of Michigan Law School where he served as the articles editor on the Michigan Journal of International Law. He earned a Master of Laws from Temple University Beasley School of Law in Philadelphia.

Outside of academia, Gallini coached ice hockey for several years. Before coming to Arkansas, he served as the head coach for the University of Pennsylvania men’s Ice Hockey Team and coached the University of Arkansas men’s Ice Hockey Team from 2009-18. While coaching at Arkansas, he amassed five conference titles, three appearances at the Division III National Tournament, and was voted the 2013-14 SECHC Coach of the Year. He currently continues to serve the team as its program director by focusing on fundraising and external relations. Additional information about the team is available at http://arhockey.westernchl.com.

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

Law enforcement discretion issues in the context of interrogation methods

Consent searches


Criminal Law

Criminal Procedure I & II

Federal Criminal Law

Police Discretion

Crime & the Supreme Court

Criminal Law

Criminal Procedure I

Criminal Procedure II

Federal Criminal Law

(Un)Making a Murderer

Crime and the Supreme Court

Police Discretion

Temple University Beasley School of Law, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Master of Laws, May 2008

University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Juris Doctor, May 2002
Articles Editor, Michigan Journal of International Law

College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Massachusetts

Bachelor of Arts, May 1999

A full publications listing is available at https://works.bepress.com/brian_gallini.

Legal Experience

  • Judicial Law Clerk to the Hon. Robert W. Clifford, Maine Supreme Judicial Court
  • Associate Attorney (white-collar criminal defense), Duane Morris LLP, Washington, D.C.
  • Judicial Law Clerk to the Hon. Richard Allen Griffin, United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit Court

University Service

Personnel Document Committee (Chair), Fall 2014-Spring 2015

School of Law Appointments Committee, Fall 2009-Spring 2010, Fall 2012-Spring 2013 (Chair), Fall 2013-Spring 2014 (Chair), Fall 2015-Spring 2016

Curriculum Committee, Fall 2013-Spring 2014

Orientation Committee, Spring 2017-Present

Diversity Leaders’ Team, Summer 2018-Present

University Scholarly Communications Committee, Fall 2017-Present

University Institutional Repository Committee, Fall 2014-Spring 2015

University Advisory Committee, Fall 2017-Present

University Research Dean Committee, Summer 2014-Present

Community & Professional Service

  • ABA Site Team, American Bar Association, Summer 2018-Present
  • ABA White-Collar Crime Section, Spring 2004-Present
  • AALS Associate Deans for Academic Affairs and Research, Summer 2014-Present
  • AALS Leadership Section, Spring 2018-Present
  • AALS Criminal Justice Section, Fall 2008-Present

Academic Experience

  • Abraham L. Freedman Fellow and Lecturer in Law, Temple University School of Law, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • The Southeastern Association of American Law Schools Call for Papers Award (2012; 2015)
  • Lewis E. Epley, Jr. Award for Excellence in Teaching (2011)
  • School of Law Graduation award for hooding (2012)
  • University of Arkansas SEC Faculty Member of the Year (2017)