Brian Gallini appointed dean of the Quinnipiac School of Law

February 13, 2024

Brian Gallini

Brian Gallini has been appointed dean and tenured professor of law at the Quinnipiac University School of Law, according to an announcement made today by Provost Debra Liebowitz.

Gallini will succeed Jennifer Gerarda Brown, who is stepping down after more than a decade as dean on June 30 to return to the faculty to focus on her teaching and research.

“Brian's wealth of experience, commitment to excellence, and passion for advancing the profession will inspire the next generation of legal advocates, scholars and changemakers here at Quinnipiac,” Liebowitz said. “His creative and student-centered approach to leadership will undoubtedly build upon the sizable impact that Quinnipiac's School of Law has had in the state and region, further solidifying its reputation as a premier institution for legal education and innovation.”

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, and the George Mason Law Review. 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 such as ABC News, The Associated Press, the Los Angeles 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.

"With deep roots in the Northeast, I am absolutely thrilled and honored to be named the next dean of the Quinnipiac School of Law,” Gallini said. “I have long appreciated Quinnipiac's commitment to innovation and experiential learning from afar, and I look forward to partnering with students, faculty, staff and alumni to continue building on the law school's outstanding reputation.”

Gallini currently serves as dean and professor of law at Willamette University College of Law in Salem, Oregon. After he joined Willamette in 2020, the law school recruited its largest and most academically well-credentialed 1L class in more than a decade, secured the second-largest gift in the College of Law’s history and has committed itself to critically evaluating its approach to diversity, equity and inclusion.

Under Gallini’s leadership, Willamette’s College of Law successfully recruited the largest faculty cohort in years, bringing on new faculty members to build out and expand the college's experiential curriculum. Through his service on Oregon’s Alternatives to Bar Exam Task Force, he appeared several times before the Oregon Supreme Court prior to the court’s historic vote in November 2023 to approve a new pathway to attorney licensure. Throughout his tenure as dean, he has also remained in the classroom, teaching once and sometimes twice per academic year.

Gallini holds an LLM from the Beasley School of Law at Temple University, a JD from the University of Michigan Law School and a bachelor’s degree from the College of the Holy Cross.

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