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Thomas P. Gallanis

Associate Dean for Research, N. William Hines Chair in Law, and Professor of History

Professor Thomas P. Gallanis is a prize-winning legal historian and comparative lawyer and an expert on trust, probate, and fiduciary law. He is particularly interested in comparative and cross-border aspects of wealth transfer law.  He teaches and writes in the fields of trusts and estates, property, and English and European legal history.

He is active in the field of trusts and estates and is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and a member of the International Academy of Estate and Trust Law. He is the author of Family Property Law: Cases and Materials on Wills, Trusts, and Estates (6th ed. 2014) and many law review articles in the field. His scholarly articles have been published in the United States, England, France, and China.  Among his forthcoming books are Fundamentals of Property Law (co-authored) and The Law of Trusts.

He is active in trusts and estates law reform. He is the executive director of the Joint Editorial Board for Uniform Trust and Estate Acts, which is the official oversight body for all uniform laws in the field of trusts and estates. He was the reporter (principal drafter) for the Uniform Powers of Appointment Act (completed 2013) and the Uniform Real Property Transfer on Death Act (completed 2009). Elected to the American Law Institute, he served as Associate Reporter for the Restatement Third of Trusts (completed 2012) and as a member of the consultative group for the Restatement Third of Property: Wills and Other Donative Transfers (completed 2011). He continues to serve as an Adviser to the Restatement of the Law of Charitable Nonprofit Organizations.

Before graduate study at Cambridge, he practiced with the trusts and estates group at Mayer Brown in Chicago and clerked for Judge David A. Nelson on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

He serves as a consultant and expert in litigation and planning matters concerning wills, trusts, estates, and fiduciary administration.

He is also active as a legal historian, specializing in the history of English law. He was awarded the Selden Society's David Yale Prize for his scholarly article on the history of evidence law, which was judged "a distinguished contribution to the history of the laws and legal institutions of England and Wales." He is preparing, for publication by the Selden Society, a scholarly edition of the judicial notes of Sir Dudley Ryder (CJKB 1754-56). He has served as the Secretary of the American Society for Legal History and chaired the Society's Finance Committee. He is a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Legal History and Continuity and Change.

He has been a visiting fellow of All Souls College (Oxford), a visiting fellow of Magdalene College (Cambridge), a Mellon Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton), a visiting scholar at the KoGuan Law School of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, and the Herbert Smith Visiting Professor in the law faculty at Cambridge University.

For a full CV, please contact Professor Gallanis by e-mail.

454 Boyd Law Building

BA, Yale University

JD, University of Chicago

LLM, PhD, Cambridge University