Brian Gallini is Dean and Professor of Law at the College of Law. Gallini joined the Willamette University College of Law in 2020.
Gallini previously served in a variety of administrative roles while on the faculty at the University of Arkansas School of Law teaching courses in criminal law and procedure. Among his administrative leadership appointments, he served as director of distance learning initiatives, senior associate dean for faculty and associate dean for research and faculty development.
Gallini is a leading scholar in criminal law and has developed seminars, taught overseas, and is regularly interviewed by local, state, national, and international media outlets to provide expert legal commentary. His scholarship focuses on law enforcement discretion issues in the context of interrogation methods, consent searches, and profiling. His work has been published in some of the nation’s top law journals, including the Washington Law Review, Hastings Law Journal, the George Mason Law Review--among others. That work is regularly cited by courts, recognized in legal blogs, and discussed in the media. His expert commentary has appeared in worldwide media outlets like ABC News, the Associated Press, the L.A. Times, and The Wall Street Journal. He is also the two-time winner of the Southeastern Association of Law Schools Call-for-Papers competition and, in 2017, was named the Southeastern Conference Faculty Achievement Award Winner.
Gallini serves on ABA site-inspection teams, as an AccessLex liaison regarding student service initiatives, and remains active in a number of Association of American Law Schools and Southeastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS) committees.
Outside of academia, Gallini served for more than a decade as the head coach for two men’s college ice hockey teams, compiling more than two-hundred wins during separate tenures with the University of Pennsylvania (2006-08) and Arkansas (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. Gallini lives in Salem with his wife Beth and their two sons—Braxton and Caden.
- LLM, Beasley School of Law, Temple University
- JD, University of Michigan Law School
- BA, College of the Holy Cross
BooksInvestigative Criminal Procedure: Inside this Century’s Most (In)Famous Cases
(West Academic 2019).
Articles & Essays
- Suspects, Cars & Police Dogs: A Complicated Relationship, – Wash. L. Rev. – (forthcoming 2020).
- The Interrogations of Brendan Dassey, 102 Marq. L. Rev. 775 (2019).
- The Languishing Public Safety Doctrine, 68 Rutgers L. Rev. 957 (2016) (lead article).
- The Unlikely Meeting Between Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and Benjamin Quarles, 66 Case W. Res. L. Rev. 393 (2015).
- The Historical Case for Abandoning Strickland, 94 Neb. L. Rev. 302 (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 & 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 L. 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 & 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).
- Miranda basics & the interrogation of James Holmes, The Faculty Lounge (Dec. 2, 2019).
- The West Memphis Three & Fourteenth Amendment Voluntariness, The Faculty Lounge (Nov. 25, 2019).
- TF Mafia & the Automobile Exception, The Faculty Lounge (Nov. 18, 2019).
- Steven Avery & Search Warrants, The Faculty Lounge (Nov. 11, 2019).
- Aaron Hernandez & the Fourth Amendment’s Plain View Doctrine, The Faculty Lounge (Nov. 4, 2019).
- Alex Levin & the Fourth Amendment’s Exclusionary Rule, The Faculty Lounge (Oct. 28, 2019).
- John Wayne Gacy & Probable Cause, The Faculty Lounge (Oct. 21, 2019).
- O.J. Simpson & Exigent Circumstances, The Faculty Lounge (Oct. 14, 2019).
- Teaching Strickland v. Washington through the case of Adnan Syed, The Faculty Lounge (Oct. 7, 2019).
- Bringing famous defendants into the Criminal Procedure classroom, The Faculty Lounge (Dec. 2, 2019).
- The Supreme Court’s Chance to Eliminate Anti-Gay Juror Bias, The Faculty Lounge (Apr. 5, 2019).
- Bringing Students into the Criminal Procedure Courtroom, Prawfsblawg, (Nov. 28. 2018).
- The Aftermath of Len Kachinsky’s Defense Representation, The Faculty Lounge (Sept. 27, 2018).
- Len Kachinsky & the Fallible Strickland Standard, The Faculty Lounge (Aug. 30, 2018).
- The Other Explanation for Brendan Dassey’s Conviction, The Faculty Lounge (July 16, 2018).
- Reigniting the need for Dassey in the Classroom, The Faculty Lounge (July 5, 2018).
- Reid & Sequential Interrogations, The Faculty Lounge (June 21, 2018).
- Reid & Brendan Dassey’s Lost Defense, The Faculty Lounge (June 11, 2018).
- When Interview Becomes Interrogation, The Faculty Lounge (May 16, 2018).
- Merging the Reid Technique with Miranda in the Classroom, The Faculty Lounge (May 2, 2018).
- A Critical Omission from the Criminal Procedure Classroom, The Faculty Lounge (Apr. 23, 2018).
- Bringing Brendan Dassey into the Classroom, The Faculty Lounge (Apr. 18, 2018).