Visiting Professors

Visiting Professor David Epstein

Professor David Epstein joins the inaugural faculty of the UNT College of Law as a Visiting Faculty member. Professor Epstein will teach Contracts to the inaugural class of the UNT Dallas College of Law - including both the full-time day section, and the part-time evening division in 2014 Fall Semester. Professor Epstein currently holds the George E. Allen Chair at the University of Richmond School of Law.

At the University of Richmond School of Law, Epstein teaches contract law, corporations, commercial law, and bankruptcy. Epstein is nationally recognized as a teacher and author in these areas. For over 30 years, he has lectured on contracts for BarBri bar review courses from Massachusetts to California. He is the author or co-author of thirteen law school casebooks, student guides, and treatises, including a first-year Contracts casebook and a Contracts student guide published by West Publishing Company.

Epstein’s distinguished career as a legal educator includes serving as a tenured faculty member on the faculties of schools such as the University of Texas School of Law, the University of North Carolina School of Law, and SMU School of Law. He also has taught as a visiting law professor at various schools including Harvard, Georgetown, University of Michigan, New York University, and the University of Chicago. He served as Dean of the University of Arkansas School of Law and Emory Law School.

Epstein’s career also includes high-level legal practice. He was a partner for ten years at the Atlanta-based national law firm of King & Spalding, and was Of Counsel to the Dallas-based national law firm of Haynes & Boone.

In announcing the appointment, Royal Furgeson, Dean of the UNT Dallas College of Law, stated: “We are thrilled that the law students in our inaugural class will learn Contracts from one of the most renowned teachers and scholars in the field. Given that we are a new public law school committed to developing practice-related competencies through best instructional practices, David’s excellence in teaching, experience in practice, and dedication to students will benefit our entire law school community.”

When asked why he volunteered to teach at UNT Dallas College of Law in the fall 2014, Epstein responded: “The new UNT Dallas law school is exactly what Texans wanting to be practicing lawyers need – a comparatively inexpensive, student-focused, practice-oriented legal education. I am grateful to the administrators at UNT Dallas and at the University of Richmond for this opportunity to work with the students in UNT Dallas College of Law’s first class next fall.”

Visiting Professor Dylan Malagrinò

Professor Dylan Malagrinò joins the faculty of the UNT Dallas College of Law as a Visiting Professor of Law for the 2014 - 2015 academic year. Professor Malagrinò will teach Property Law to the inaugural class of the UNT Dallas College of Law—including the full-time day section and the part-time evening division; and, in addition to his major doctrinal subject (Property), he also will teach legal writing, along with the rest of the faculty.

A law graduate of the University of San Diego School of Law and the London School of Economics and Political Science, Professor Malagrinò joins the College of Law after teaching at Western State College of Law and the University of Massachusetts School of Law as an Associate Professor of Law. Professor Malagrinò also has had full-time, law faculty appointments at the University of California at Davis School of Law and the University of La Verne College of Law. He has taught Property, Sports Law, Antitrust, Negotiations, Legal Anthropology, and Torts. Professor Malagrinò has been honored as the Professor of the Year in five of the previous seven academic years.

Prior to academia, Professor Malagrinò spent six years in private practice as an attorney in San Diego, specializing in complex civil litigation including securities fraud and antitrust class actions. During that time, he prosecuted large class action lawsuits. Most recently, he was a senior associate at Kirby Noonan Lance & Hoge LLP in San Diego, practicing persuasive law and motion writing and providing legal theory, analysis, and strategy for the purpose of litigation and appellate arguments. Selected career highlights include: Prosecuting and successfully settling on behalf of class clients In re Electronic Data Systems Corporation Securities Litigation in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas; prosecuting and successfully trying United National Maintenance, Inc. v. San Diego Convention Center Corporation, Inc. (Antitrust) in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California; and, managing intensive corporate client audits evaluating compliance with Securities and Exchange Commission regulations, and conducting in-depth analyses of historical stock option practices and advising corporate clients accordingly. Professor Malagrinò also testified at congressional hearings on behalf of the National Collegiate Athletics Association as an expert in prospective and collegiate student-athlete welfare. 

Professor Malagrinò is a passionate Property Law instructor and a trained legal anthropologist. He values cross-disciplinary and comparative legal analysis, and integrates grass-roots research and broad theoretical ideas into practical, problem-solving uses. Professor Malagrinò is also a Sports Law expert in prospective and collegiate student-athlete welfare.

Professor Malagrinò researches and writes in the areas of property law, comparative property law, law and anthropology, and sports law. His recent law review articles have explored private versus common law property regimes, arguing that greater use of common property approaches (such as use of land trusts) could lessen social exclusion from the right to property by making housing more affordable; have analyzed the different lenses through which law and anthropology view significant legal change; have critiqued—and offered modifications to—the NCAA’s current enforcement and sanctioning processes; and, have explored and offered amendments to federal law relating to state regulation of sports-betting industries. In media and journalism forums, he regularly publishes on housing issues, and on sports and the law. View publications.

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