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About Dylan Malagrinò

Professor Dylan Malagrinò joined the faculty of the Charleston School of Law in 2017.  Professor Malagrinò teaches Property I & II, Land Use, and Wills, Trusts & Estates, among other courses.  Professor Malagrinò is licensed to practice law in the state courts of California and in the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Central Districts of California.

A law graduate of the University of San Diego School of Law and of the London School of Economics and Political Science, Professor Malagrinò joined the Charleston School of Law after ten years of prior, full-time law teaching.  Professor Malagrinò has had full-time, law faculty appointments at the University of California at Davis and the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, among other schools.   He has taught Property Law, Sports Law, Land Use, Wills, Trusts & Estates, Antitrust, Negotiations, Entertainment Law, Criminal Procedure, Legal Anthropology, and Torts.  Professor Malagrinò has been honored as the Professor of the Year in nine of the previous thirteen academic years.

Work Experience:
Prior to academia, Professor Malagrinò spent six years in private practice as an attorney in San Diego, specializing in complex civil litigation including securities fraud and antitrust class actions.  During that time, he prosecuted large class action lawsuits.  In San Diego, Professor Malagrinò practiced persuasive law and motion writing and provided legal theory, analysis, and strategy for the purpose of litigation and appellate arguments.  Selected career highlights include: Prosecuting and successfully settling on behalf of class clients In re Electronic Data Systems Corporation Securities Litigation in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas; prosecuting and successfully trying United National Maintenance, Inc. v. San Diego Convention Center Corporation, Inc. (Antitrust) in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California; and, managing intensive corporate client audits evaluating compliance with Securities and Exchange Commission regulations, and conducting in-depth analyses of historical stock option practices and advising corporate clients accordingly.  Professor Malagrinò also testified at congressional hearings on behalf of the National Collegiate Athletics Association as an expert in prospective and collegiate student-athlete welfare.  And, more recently, Professor Malagrinò was a Senior Attorney at a Texas-based Energy Resources law firm, where he provided counsel for the firm’s Real Property and Corporate law groups.

Professor Malagrinò is a passionate Property Law instructor and a trained legal anthropologist.  He values cross-disciplinary and comparative legal analysis, and integrates grass-roots research and broad theoretical ideas into practical, problem-solving uses.  Professor Malagrinò is also a Sports Law expert in prospective and collegiate student-athlete welfare.  Professor Malagrinò earned his undergraduate degree in Economics, International Relations, and Italian at Syracuse University.

Professor Malagrinò researches and writes in the areas of property law, comparative property law, law and anthropology, and sports law.  His recent law review articles have explored private versus common law property regimes, arguing that greater use of common property approaches (such as use of land trusts) could lessen social exclusion from the right to property by making housing more affordable; have analyzed the different lenses through which law and anthropology view significant legal change; have critiqued—and offered modifications to—the NCAA’s current enforcement and sanctioning processes; and, have explored and offered amendments to federal law relating to state regulation of sports-betting industries.  In media and journalism forums, he regularly publishes on housing issues, and on sports and the law.


Present Associate Professor of Law, Charleston School of Law

Curriculum Vitae



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Professional Service and Affiliations

Present Faculty Peer Reviewer, Advisory Board, Journal of Law, Business, & Ethics
Present Member, American Bar Association
Present Member, American Civil Liberties Union
Present Faculty Academic committee member, Charleston School of Law
Present Member, Milton L. Schwartz/David F. Levi Inn of Court, American Inns of Court
Present Member, Pacific Southwest Academy of Legal Studies in Business
Present Member, San Diego County Bar Association
Present Member, Tom Homann Law Association
1999 - 2004 Committee Chair, Vice-Chair, and Advisor, National Collegiate Athletic Association
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Honors and Awards

  • Alex Sanders Award for Outstanding Service to the Students, The Pinckney Inn, Phi Delta Phi, 2017–18.
  • 2017 Professor of the Year, UNT Dallas College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Dept. of Criminal Justice.
  • 2015 Law Professor of the Year UNT Dallas
  • 2013 and 2014 Western State College of Law Law Professor of the Year
  • 2012 Law Professor of the Year, Delta Theta Phi, University of Massachusetts School of Law
  • 2010 and 2011 Law Professor of the Year, University of La Verne College of Law
  • 2011 Professor of the Year for Excellence in Teaching (University-Wide), finalist
  • 2008-2009 Wydick Fellow, University of California at Davis School of Law
  • 2002-2003 Editor-in-Chief, vol. 4, San Diego International Law Journal, member, 2001-2003
  • 2003 Distinguished Service to the University of San Diego School of Law Award
  • 2000-2003 Thomas F. Black Memorial Scholar, University of San Diego School of Law


  • Property I & II
  • Antitrust
  • Negotiations
  • Remedies
  • Torts
  • Business Law for the Entertainment Industry
  • Governance & Regulation
  • Legal Ethics
  • Criiminal Procedure
  • Sports Law
  • Land Use Controls
  • Wills, Trusts, & Estates


2006 - 2007 M.Sc with Merit, London School of Economics and Political Science ‐ Law, Anthropology, and Society
2000 - 2003 JD, Thomas F. Black Memorial Scholar, 2000-2003, University of San Diego School of Law
BA with Highest Distinction, Economics; BA with Highest Distinction, International Relations; BA with Distinction, Italian Language, Literature, and Culture, Syracuse University ‐ Economics, International Relations, and Italian Language Literature and Culture

Recent Works (8)

Research Works (6)

Articles (15)