Professor Thomas Gallanis has been appointed as an Adviser on the American Law Institute’s new project to produce a Restatement Fourth of the Law of Property. The project aims to make property law more accessible and easier to understand. The project will address classification of entitlements, possession, accession, and acquisition; ownership powers; protection of and limits to ownership rights; divided and shared ownership; title and transfer; easements, servitudes, and land use; and public rights and takings.
Professor Gallanis is the Associate Dean for Research, the N. William Hines Chair in Law, and a Professor of History. He is a prize-winning legal historian and comparative lawyer and an expert on the law of property, trusts, and succession. He teaches and writes in the fields of trusts and estates, property, and English and European legal history. He is the co-author of The Law of Property (6th ed. 2014, with Iowa Law colleagues Herbert Hovenkamp and Sheldon Kurtz) and Fundamentals of Property Law (4th ed. forthcoming April 2015, with Barlow Burke of American University, Ann Burkhart of the University of Minnesota, and R.H. Helmholz of the University of Chicago).
The American Law Institute is the leading independent organization in the United States producing scholarly work to clarify, modernize, and improve the law. The ALI drafts, discusses, revises, and publishes Restatements of the Law, Model Codes, and Principles of Law that are enormously influential in the courts and legislatures, as well as in legal scholarship and education. Within the ALI, Professor Gallanis previously served as Associate Reporter of the Restatement Third of Trusts and currently serves as an Adviser on the Restatement of the Law of Nonprofit Charitable Organizations.