Professor Dylan Malagrinò is a passionate educator of historical and modern common law traditions, and a trained legal anthropologist. He values cross-disciplinary and comparative legal analysis, and integrates knowledge-transfer activities with grass-roots research to incorporate broad theoretical ideas into practical, problem-solving uses. Professor Malagrinò is also an expert in prospective and collegiate student-athlete welfare.
A law graduate of the University of San Diego School of Law and the London School of Economics and Political Science, Professor Malagrinò joined Western State after teaching at 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, where he was honored as the Professor of the Year for the 2009–10 and the 2010–11 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; 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 teaches Property, Sports Law, Antitrust, Negotiations, and Torts. He researches and writes in the areas of property law, comparative property law, law and anthropology, and sports law. His recent writings compare private versus common property regimes and analyze the costs and benefits of the social exclusion assumption underlying property law using law-and-socioeconomic models, including the writings of Critical Legal Studies theorists and other left-communitarian and neo-Marxist teachings. And, two recent scholarly publications offer a hard look at the changing face of collegiate amateur athletics, and challenge the National Collegiate Athletics Association to be better at achieving student-athlete welfare. Additionally, Professor Malagrinò has lectured on classical jurisprudence and legal theory; the laws of kinship, sex and gender in distributions of property; and, law in society from both anthropological and juridical perspectives of normative law and legal institutions.