Nov. 14, 16, 19, 20: Open forums for Law dean candidates

Four finalists for Dean of the School of Law will visit campus this month.

Open forums are set for the following dates and times in the Baker Courtroom at the School of Law.

  • Brian Gallini, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 12:10 p.m.
  • Susan Bisom-Rapp, Friday, Nov. 16, 12:10 p.m.
  • Camille Davidson, Monday, Nov. 19, 12:10 p.m.
  • Elizabeth Ann Warner, Tuesday, Nov. 20, 12:10 p.m.

Each candidate submitted a biography, published below.

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Brian Gallini

Brian Gallini

Brian Gallini, professor and senior associate dean for faculty, joined the University of Arkansas School of Law faculty in 2008. His scholarship, which focuses on law enforcement discretion issues in the context of interrogation methods, consent searches and profiling, has been published in some of the nation’s top law journals. Gallini teaches a variety of doctrinal criminal courses. He has developed seminars and taught overseas. He is interviewed regularly by local, state, national and international media outlets to provide legal perspective on current events.

Gallini regularly presents papers at a variety of conferences, roundtables and colloquia. He has twice won the Southeastern Association of American Law Schools Call for Papers competition and he was named the 2017 SEC Faculty Achievement Award Winner. His work has been published in the Hastings Law Journal, George Mason Law Review and Tennessee Law Review — among others. His expert commentary has been featured in global media outlets including The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Christian Science Monitor and Arkansas Democrat-Gazette as well stories distributed through the Associated Press.

In the classroom, Gallini teaches Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure I & II and Federal Criminal Law. He has also developed seminars titled Problems in Police Discretion, and Crime & the Supreme Court. Professor Gallini has taught criminal courses internationally in St. Petersburg, Russia, and Lodz, Poland. For his teaching, he has received the School of Law award for outstanding teaching and the graduation award for hooding.

Before coming to the university, Gallini served as a judicial clerk to the Honorable Robert W. Clifford on the Maine Supreme Judicial Court and practiced white-collar criminal defense at the Washington, D.C., office of Duane Morris LLP. He left practice to clerk for the Honorable Richard Allen Griffin on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit Court and taught for two years at the Temple University Beasley School of Law in Philadelphia.

Gallini received a Bachelor of Arts in Russian studies from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts. He earned a Juris Doctor form the University of Michigan Law School where he served as the articles editor on the Michigan Journal of International Law. He earned a Master of Laws from Temple University Beasley School of Law in Philadelphia.

Outside of academia, Gallini coached ice hockey for several years. Before coming to Arkansas, he served as the head coach for the University of Pennsylvania men’s Ice Hockey Team and coached the University of Arkansas men’s Ice Hockey Team from 2009-18. While coaching at Arkansas, he amassed five conference titles, three appearances at the Division III National Tournament, and was voted the 2013-14 SECHC Coach of the Year. He currently continues to serve the team as its program director by focusing on fundraising and external relations.

Susan Bisom-Rapp
Susan Bisom-Rapp

Susan Bisom-Rapp

Susan Bisom-Rapp is Associate Dean for Faculty Research and Scholarship and Professor of Law at Thomas Jefferson School of Law. She is a nationally and internationally recognized scholar in the field of comparative work law and employment discrimination law. At the law school, she has served as director of the Center for Law and Social Justice and co-director of the Employee Rights Self-Help Workshop. She joined the faculty in 1996.

Her academic experience includes accreditation, strategic planning, communications, budget oversight, curriculum reform, ASP and bar preparation, student advising, faculty development, fundraising and special program planning, alumni relations, and human resources matters, including diversity and inclusion efforts. As Associate Dean, she is the senior administrator in charge of the online J.S.D. program, the only such program in the country.

Bisom-Rapp teaches Torts, Employment Law, International and Comparative Employment Law, and Public and Private Sector Labor Law. She has taught at Chicago-Kent College of Law, Seton Hall Law School, and in summer programs at Zhejiang University Guanghua Law School (China) and the Faculté de Droit de l’Université de Nice (France). She serves on the Academic Advisory Board of the Doctoral Research School in Labor, Development and Innovation at the Marco Biagi Foundation, University of Modena (Italy).

Bisom-Rapp writes about trends affecting the modern workplace, including those related to globalization, equal employment opportunity, occupational safety and health, and the gig economy. She is co-author of the path-breaking casebook, The Global Workplace: International and Comparative Employment Law – Cases and Materials (1st ed., Cambridge University Press 2007; 2nd ed., Aspen 2012). Her latest book, co-authored with Malcolm Sargeant, is Lifetime Disadvantage, Discrimination and the Gendered Workforce (Cambridge University Press 2016). Her work has appeared in leading journals, including the Utah Law Review, Florida State University Law Review, Loyola University Chicago Law Review, The Elder Law Journal, Columbia Journal of Gender and Law, Berkeley Journal of Employment and Labor Law, and Stanford Law Review Online. She is a frequent speaker at academic conferences and bar association events. She is regularly quoted in the media as an expert on workplace law.

Her honors include membership in the American Law Institute and the Order of the Coif. Bisom-Rapp is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. She serves on the Editorial Board of the Employee Rights and Employment Policy Journal. She is currently treasurer and previously served on the Executive Committee of the Association of American Law School’s Section on Women in Legal Education. She has served as a member of research projects funded by the French and Italian governments.

Before beginning her academic career, Bisom-Rapp practiced labor and employment law at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan in New York City. She holds J.S.D. and LL.M. degrees from Columbia University, where she was a Wien Fellow and was awarded a Woodrow Wilson Foundation dissertation grant. Her J.D. is from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, where she was a Cowell Labor Law Fellow. Bisom-Rapp’s B.S. is from Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations.

Camille Davidson
Camille Davidson

Camille M. Davidson

Camille M. Davidson is an experienced attorney and higher education leader. She has significant experience in faculty development and evaluation, student development, curriculum design, academic advising, organizational management, accreditation procedures, strategic planning, and budgeting.  She currently teaches in the MLS program at Wake Forest University School of Law and practices law in the areas of wills, trusts, and estates; elder law; contract negotiations; landlord/tenant, and business formations.

Davidson was a tenured law professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Faculty Development in Charlotte, North Carolina. She taught health law, decedents’ estates, advanced decedents’ estates, property, and bioethics. She also founded the Wills Clinical Lab where she supervised students who prepared estate plans for the low-income elderly population in the community.

Davidson focuses her scholarship on policy and practice issues, as well as legislative reform in the areas of health law and wills and estates. Her articles have appeared in various journals including the Columbia Journal of Gender and Law, the University of Missouri-Kansas City Law Review, and the Athens (Greece) Law Review. Davidson regularly contributes to the online JOTWELL, The Journal of Things We Like (Lots). She has presented both domestically and internationally at numerous community events, conferences, universities, and recurring meetings.

Davidson’s prior experience also includes teaching American Politics at Davidson College, working as a consultant for Mecklenburg County on children’s health issues and long-term care issues, and working with members of Congress and their staff as an Assistant Counsel in the Office of the Legislative Counsel, United States House of Representatives where she drafted legislation in the areas of health law (including work on HIPAA), small business, and ERISA. Davidson clerked for the Honorable John H. Suda, District of Columbia Superior Court. She is licensed to practice in North Carolina, Washington, D.C., Virginia (inactive), Western District of North Carolina, and the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Davidson received the 2015 International Association of Law Schools Collaborative Research Award for her work on legal education. She presented her work at the international conference in Segovia, Spain. She was also a Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholar and pursued postgraduate studies at the University of Nairobi, Kenya.

Davidson is a sustaining member of the Junior League of Charlotte, a life member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and immediate past president of the Charlotte, North Carolina chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. She has served on the United Methodist Church Board of Trustees for the Charlotte District and the Board of Metrolina Comprehensive Health Center.

Davidson graduated from Millsaps College with a degree in business administration, magna cum laude, and received her juris doctorate form Georgetown University Law Center.

Elizabeth Ann Warner
Elizabeth Ann Warner

Elizabeth Ann Warner

Associate Dean Elizabeth Ann Warner joined the legal academy in 2006, and has served in various administrative roles, including acting Dean of the University of Kansas School of Law (KU Law), since 2012 when she first joined the KU Law faculty. In addition to being a member of the faculty, Associate Dean Warner has also served as acting Dean in 2016, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs since 2015, and Director of the Tribal Law and Government Center since 2012 at KU Law.

Prior to her arrival at KU, Warner served on the law faculties at Texas Tech University and the University of Montana. In 2010, Warner was selected to serve as an Environmental Justice Young Fellow through the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and U.S.-China Partnership for Environmental Law at Vermont Law School. She has also served as a visiting professor at Xiamen University in Xiamen, China, and Bahcesehir University in Istanbul, Turkey.  During her academic career, Associate Dean Warner has taught a wide variety of classes, including live client clinics and field placements.

In 2014, Warner received the Immel Award for Excellence in Teaching, and in 2016 she received the Dean Frederick J. Moreau teaching and mentoring award from the graduating class.  In addition to being an accomplished teacher, she is also a successful moot court coach, having coached a KU Law National Native American Law Student Association (NNALSA) moot court team to a top three finish the last four years and winning the NNALSA championship in 2016.

Her scholarship, which focuses primarily on the intersection of Indian Law and Environmental Law, is published in several prominent journals, including the Arizona Law Review, Colorado Law Review and Columbia Journal of Environmental Law. She is also co-author of the casebook Native American Natural Resources, and she co-edited two books, “Climate Change and Indigenous People: The Search for Legal Remedies,” and the forthcoming, “Energy Justice:  U.S. and International Perspectives.”  In recognition of her strong record, she was recently nominated for a distinguished professor position at KU Law.

In addition to teaching, Warner serves as a reserve appellate judge for the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians Court of Appeals in Michigan and as a district judge for the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation in Kansas. Before entering academia, Warner practiced environmental, Indian, and energy law as an associate in the Washington, D.C. offices of Latham & Watkins LLP and Troutman Sanders LLP.

Warner previously served as chair of the Federal Bar Association Indian Law Section and was elected to the Association’s national board of directors in 2011. She served as chairwoman of the Kansas Advisory Committee to the U.S. Civil Rights Commission. She received her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School, where she served on the University of Michigan Law Review, and a B.S. from Cornell University. Warner is a citizen of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians.