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About Brian Gallini

Senior associate dean for faculty and professor Brian Gallini 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. He also recently published the first edition of Investigative Criminal Procedure: Inside This Century's Most (In)Famous Cases. His expert commentary has been featured in global media outlets including The Wall Street Journal, L.A. Times, Chicago Tribune, Christian Science Monitor and Arkansas Democrat-Gazette as well stories distributed through the Associate 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
Gallini lives in Fayetteville with his wife, Beth, and their two sons—Braxton and Caden.


Present Professor of Law, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville School of Law
Present Senior Associate Dean for Research & Faculty Development, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville School of Law


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Honors and Awards

  • 2015 Southeastern Association of Law Schools Call-for-Papers Winner
  • 2012 Southeastern Association of Law Schools Call-for-Papers Winner
  • 2012 Graduation Award for Hooding
  • 2011 Lewis E. Epley, Jr. Award for Excellence in Teaching Law


  • Crime & the Supreme Court (seminar)
  • Police Discretion (seminar)
  • Federal Criminal Law
  • Criminal Procedure II
  • Criminal Procedure I
  • Criminal Law


2006 - 2008 LLM, Abraham L. Freedman Fellow & Lecturer in Law, Temple University ‐ Law
2000 - 2002 JD, University of Michigan Law School ‐ Law
1995 - 1999 BA, College of the Holy Cross

Contact Information

Robert A. Leflar Law Center
University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, AR 72701-1201
(479) 575-6973 (direct)
(479) 575-3320 (facsimile)


Books (1)

Research Works (21)

Blog Posts (11)