Yale University, B.A.
University of Chicago, J.D.
Cambridge University, LL.M., Ph.D.
Professor Thomas P. Gallanis is the Julius E. Davis Professor of Law for 2008-2009 and the Law School's Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development. He also is an Affiliate Member of the Department of History. He is a prize-winning legal historian and an authority on trust, probate, and investment law. He teaches and writes in the fields of trust and estate law, estate and gift taxation, property, and English and European legal history. Prior to teaching at Minnesota, he was Professor of Law, Professor of History, and the Director of the Center for Law and History at Washington and Lee University.
Professor Gallanis received a B.A. summa cum laude with distinction in history from Yale University, a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School, where he held a Bradley Fellowship in Legal History, and an LL.M. with first class honors in legal history and comparative law and a Ph.D. in legal history from Cambridge University. At Cambridge, he was a Benefactors' Scholar of St. John's College and was awarded the Hamson prize in comparative law, the Mansergh prize in history, and the Wright and Hughes prizes for academic excellence.
Professor Gallanis has held a year-long Mellon Fellowship in Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton. He has served as the Herbert Smith visiting professor in the law faculty of Cambridge University, and as the Mason Ladd Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law at the University of Iowa.
He is active in the field of trusts and estates and is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel. Elected to the American Law Institute, he serves as Associate Reporter for the Restatement (Third) of Trusts and on the consultative group for the Restatement (Third) of Property (Wills and Other Donative Transfers). Within the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws, he is the assistant executive director of the Joint Editorial Board for Uniform Trust and Estate Acts, the official body monitoring all uniform legislation in the field, and is serving as reporter (principal drafter) for a proposed Uniform Real Property Transfer on Death Act. Before graduate school at Cambridge, Professor Gallanis practiced with the trusts and estates group at Mayer, Brown & Platt in Chicago (now Mayer Brown LLP).
Professor Gallanis is also active in legal history, serving as the Secretary of the American Society for Legal History, and as a member of the editorial boards of the two leading journals in the field, Law and History Review (in the U.S.) and the Journal of Legal History (in England). He is also a member, and honorary correspondent, of the Selden Society. He was awarded the Selden Society's David Yale Prize in 1999 for his article on the rise of modern evidence law, which was judged a "distinguished contribution to the history of the laws and legal institutions of England and Wales."
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Family Property Law: Cases and Materials on Wills, Trusts and Future Interests (Foundation Press 4th ed. 2006) (with Lawrence Waggoner, Gregory Alexander, and Mary Louise Fellows).
Estates and Future Interests (West Nutshell Series, 3d ed. 2005) (with Lawrence Waggoner).
Elder Law: Readings, Cases and Materials (Lexis Nexis, 2d ed. 2003) (with A. Kimberley Dayton and Molly Wood).
Elder Law: Statutes and Regulations (Lexis Nexis, 2d ed. 2003) (with A. Kimberley Dayton and Molly Wood).
Family Property Law: Cases and Materials on Wills, Trusts and Future Interests (Foundation Press, 3d ed. 2002) (with Lawrence Waggoner, Gregory Alexander, and Mary Louise Fellows).
Elder Law: Readings, Cases and Materials (Anderson Publishing 2000) (with A. Kimberley Dayton and Molly Wood).
Elder Law: Statutes and Regulations (Anderson Publishing 2000) (with A. Kimberley Dayton and Molly Wood).
Articles, Essays and Book Chapters
Reasonable Doubt and the History of the Criminal Trial, 76 University of Chicago Law Review (forthcoming).
Death by Disaster: Anglo-American Presumptions, 1766-2006, in R.H. Helmholz & D. Sellar, eds., The Law of Presumptions (Comparative Studies in Continental and Anglo-American Legal History, forthcoming).
Victorian Reform of Civil Litigation, in C.H. Van Rhee, ed., Delay in Civil Litigation (Comparative Studies in Continental and Anglo-American Legal History, forthcoming).
Frontiers of Succession, Real Property, Probate, and Trust Journal (forthcoming).
Chinese translation of The Rise of Modern Evidence Law, 16 Evidence Science 49 (2008).
The Trustee's Duty to Inform, 85 North Carolina Law Review 1595 (2007).
The Mystery of Old Bailey Counsel, 65 Cambridge Law Journal 158 (2006).
Domestic Partners and Inheritance: Past, Present, Future, 39th Annual Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning (Matthew Bender 2005).
Inheritance Rights for Domestic Partners, 79 Tulane L. Rev. 55 (2004), available at Lexis; Westlaw.
ERISA and the Law of Succession, 65 Ohio St. L. J. 185 (2004), available at Westlaw.
Adversarial Culture, Adversarial Doctrine: Cross-Examination and Leading Questions in the State Trials on CD-ROM, 24 J. Legal Hist. 86 (2003).
Evidence Law and the Evidentiary Objection: A View From the British Trials Collection, in Domestic and International Trials, 1700-2000, at 12 (The Trial in History, Volume 2, R. A. Melikan ed., Manchester University Press 2003).
Aging and the Nontraditional Family, 32 U. Mem. L. Rev. 607 (2002) (Family Law Symposium), available at Lexis; ProQuest; Westlaw.
The Rule Against Perpetuities and the Law Commission's Flawed Philosophy, 59 Camb. L. J. 284 (2000), available at Hein-Online.
Default Rules, Mandatory Rules, and the Movement for Same-Sex Equality, 60 Ohio St. L. J. 1513 (1999), available at Hein-Online; Lexis; Westlaw.
The Rise of Modern Evidence Law, 84 Iowa L. Rev. 499 (1999). (Awarded the 1999 David Yale Prize by the Selden Society), available at Hein-Online; Lexis; Westlaw.
Write and Wrong: Rethinking the Way We Communicate Health-Care Decisions, 31 Conn. L. Rev. 1015 (1999), available at Hein-Online; Lexis; Westlaw.
La Preuve en "Common Law": Wigmore Aujourd'hui, 23 Droits 79 (1996) (based on my lecture given in French at the University of Paris II (Panthéon-Assas)).
Law Reform Projects
Reporter, Uniform Transfer on Death for Real Property Act (in progress).
Entries in Reference Works
Evidence: English Common Law, in The Oxford Encyclopedia of Legal History (Oxford University Press, forthcoming).
Ordeal: English Common Law, in The Oxford Encyclopedia of Legal History (Oxford University Press, forthcoming).
Common Law, in 1 Reader's Guide to the Social Sciences 243 (Jonathan Michie ed., Fitzroy Dearborn 2001).
Trust Law, in 2 Reader's Guide to the Social Sciences 1697 (Jonathan Michie ed., Fitzroy Dearborn 2001).
Book Review, Journal of Legal History (forthcoming) (reviewing George Garnett, Conquered England: Kingship, Succession, and Tenure 1066-1166 (2007)).
Book Review, Continuity and Change (forthcoming) (reviewing Clive Emsley, Crime, Police & Penal Policy: European Experiences 1750-1940 (2007)).
Book Review, 26 Law and History Review 197 (2008) (reviewing Peter King, Crime and Law in England 1750-1840: Remaking Justice from the Margins (2006)).
Review Notice: The Old Bailey Proceedings Online, 26 Journal of Legal History 105 (2005).
Book Review, 35 Albion 520 (2003) (reviewing Chantal Stebbings, The Private Trustee in Victorian England (2001)), available at ExpAcad.
Book Review, 21 Law & Hist. Rev. 625 (2003) (reviewing Barbara J. Shapiro, A Culture of Fact: England, 1550-1720 (2000)), available at Hein-Online; Lexis; Westlaw.
Book Review, 20 Law & Hist. Rev. 181 (2002) (reviewing Christopher W. Brooks, Lawyers, Litigation and English Society Since 1450 (1998)), available at Hein-Online; Lexis; Westlaw.
Book Review, 60 Camb. L.J. 432 (2001) (reviewing David Lemmings, Professors of the Law: Barristers and English Legal Culture in the Eighteenth Century (2000)), available at Camb. L.J..
Book Review, 32 Albion 311 (2000) (reviewing Netta M. Goldsmith, The Worst of Crimes: Homosexuality and the Law in Eighteenth-Century Britain (1998)).
Book Review, 44 Am. J. Leg. History 441 (2000) (reviewing David J. Ibbetson, A Historical Introduction to the Law of Obligations (1999)), available at Hein-Online; Westlaw.
Book Review, 3 J. Early Mod. Hist. 408 (1999) (reviewing R.H. Helmholz et al., The Privilege Against Self Incrimination (1997)).
Book Review, H-Law, H-Net Reviews (August 1999) (reviewing Cynthia Herrup, A House in Gross Disorder: Sex, Law, and the Second Earl of Castlehaven (1999)), available at H-Net Reviews.
Book Review, 62 Mod. L. Rev. 483 (1999) (reviewing Christopher Allen, The Law of Evidence in Victorian England (1997)).
Legal History With 21st-Century Tools: The English Reports on CD-ROM and Bracton on the Web, 20 J. Legal Hist., Dec. 1999, at 109.
The Chadwyck-Healey "British Trials" Collection, 19 J. Legal Hist. 84 (1998).
Book Review, 54 Camb. L. J. 643 (1995) (reviewing J.P. Eigen, Witnessing Insanity: Madness and Mad-Doctors in the English Court (1995)), available at Hein-Online.
The Rise of Modern Evidence Law: A View from the "British Trials" Collection, Law Record [Ohio State University College of Law Alumni Magazine], Fall/Winter 1999, at 2.
Charitable Foundations: What We Have Learned in Twenty Years, 131 Tr. & Est., August 1992, at 12 (with Howard M. McCue, III), available at ProQuest.
The Newhouse Case: Complexity Results in a Low Value for Common Stock, 129 Tr. & Est., December 1990, at 54 (with Howard M. McCue, III), available at ProQuest.
Aspects of the Common Law of Evidence, 1754-1824, With Special Reference to the Rule Against Hearsay (Cambridge University 1997), substantially published as The Rise of Modern Evidence Law (1999, see above).