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Thomas P. Gallanis

Tom Gallanis
Associate Dean for Research, Allan D. Vestal Chair in Law, and Professor of History

Professor Thomas P. Gallanis is an expert on trust, succession, property, and fiduciary law.  He is particularly interested in their comparative and international aspects.  He is also a prize-winning legal historian with expertise in English and European legal history from the eleventh to the nineteenth centuries.

He teaches first-year Property and standard and advanced courses in Trusts & Estates.  He also leads reading groups on the history of English law.  He won the Collegiate Teaching Award for 2016-2017.

Professor Gallanis joined the Iowa faculty in 2009.  Previously, he was the Julius E. Davis Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development at the University of Minnesota.

He holds the Allan D. Vestal Chair, named for the revered Iowa Law scholar who was one of the reporters (principal drafters) of the original 1969 Uniform Probate Code.  He has a secondary, zero-time appointment in the UI Department of History.

He is an elected member of the International Academy of Estate and Trust Law, the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, and the American Law Institute.

He has been elected to full-year fellowships as a visiting fellow of All Souls College in Oxford and as a Mellon fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton.  He has also been the Herbert Smith Freehills visitor in the law faculty of Cambridge University and a visiting fellow of Magdalene College.  He is currently a part-time visiting fellow at the University of St. Andrews.

He is also a regular visitor to China and has been a visiting scholar at the KoGuan Law School of Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

His scholarly articles have been published in peer-reviewed journals in the United States, England, France, and China as well as in U.S. law reviews.

He is co-author of treatises on Wills, Trusts, and Estates (5th ed., with McGovern, Kurtz, and English) and The Law of Property (6th ed., with Hovenkamp and Kurtz).

He is also the author or co-author of prominent casebooks: Family Property Law: Cases and Materials on Wills, Trusts, and Estates (7th ed. 2019) and Fundamentals of Property Law (4th ed. 2015, with Burke, Burkhart, and Helmholz).

He is active in law reform through the Uniform Law Commission and the American Law Institute.

Within the Uniform Law Commission, 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 succession.  He was the reporter (principal drafter) of the Uniform Powers of Appointment Act and the Uniform Real Property Transfer on Death Act.

Within the American Law Institute, he served as associate reporter for the Restatement Third of Trusts and currently serves as an adviser to the Restatement Fourth of Property and the Restatement of the Law of Charitable Nonprofit Organizations.

He is also active as a legal historian.  He was awarded the Selden Society's David Yale Prize for his scholarly article on the history of evidence law in English courts, which was judged "a distinguished contribution to the history of the laws and legal institutions of England and Wales."

With an international team of scholars, he published The Oxford Edition of Blackstone: Commentaries on the Laws of England with Oxford University Press.

He is preparing, for publication by the Selden Society, a scholarly edition of the judicial notes of Sir Dudley Ryder, who served as Chief Justice of the Court of King's Bench.

He is a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Legal History and Continuity and Change and the Brill series on Studies in the History of Private Law.

For a list of his publications, please click this Bibliography link.

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


BA, Yale University

JD, University of Chicago

LLM, PhD, Cambridge University

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