Brian R. Gallini

Senior Associate Dean for Faculty and Professor of Law

School of Law


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

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

In the News

Experts to Discuss Connections Between Law and Education Reform

The symposium will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, in the E.J. Ball....

University of Arkansas School of Law Launches Monthly Podcast

The University of Arkansas School of Law presents Conversations with the Academy a podca....

Alumnus, Teacher, Scholar Joins School of Law Leadership Team

Associate professor of law and alumnus William E. Foster appointed associate dean for academ....

Experts on Campus to Discuss the Future of the Death Penalty in America

The annual Arkansas Law Review symposium will be held from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Friday, O....

Brian Gallini to Lecture on Prosecution: (Un)Making a Murder

Lecture offers preview of Honors College Signature Seminar coming next spring