Harry Haynsworth

Harry Haynesworth

Title: Dean Emeritus
Company: William Mitchell College of Law
Location: Williamsburg, Virginia, United States

Harry Haynsworth, Dean Emeritus at the William Mitchell College of Law, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Performers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in legal education and law services.

Widely renowned for a career helping clients reach their legal goals and preparing future generations of legal professionals, Mr. Haynsworth is recognized as a dean emeritus, and served as counsel of Briggs and Moran from 2005 to 2011. He served as the dean and president of the William Mitchell College of Law from 1995 to his retirement in 2004. Prior to these positions, Mr. Haynsworth provided his services as the dean and a professor of law of Southern Illinois University. He was counsel at Nexson, Pruet, Jacobs & Pollard and an associate dean and professor of law of the University of South Carolina School of Law. Earlier in his career, he was a partner at Haynswoth, Perry, Bryant, Marion & Johnstone.

Mr. Haynsworth pursued his own education by first earning a Bachelor of Arts from Duke University in 1961, and a Juris Doctor in 1964. He continued with postgraduate coursework at the University of Denver Law Center, and in 1989, he received a Master of Arts in Religion from the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary. In 2004, the William Mitchell College of Law recognized him with an Honorary Doctor of Laws.

In addition to his career in law and education, Mr. Haynsworth is a published author, often writing about legal matters pertaining to business and ethics. In 1990, he published “Marketing and Legal Ethics: The Rules and Risks.” His earlier works include the South Carolina Consumer Protection Code and 1986’s “Organizing a Small Business Entity.” Furthermore, Mr. Haynsworth has lent his voice to numerous articles on closely held businesses, legal education, land monographs, and legal ethics. Throughout his career, he has maintained affiliation with organizations such as the American Bar Association, the South Carolina Bar Association, the Virginia Bar Association, the Minnesota State Bar Association, and the American Law Institute.

In recognition of his contributions, Mr. Haynsworth has received an Equal Justice Works Law School Dean of the Year Award and the Martin L. Lubaroff Award for Contributions to the Development of the Law of Unincorporated Entities. In 1990, he received a South Carolina Order of the Palmetto and a Distinguished Public Service Award. In 1984, Mr. Haynsworth was recognized with a Law School Faculty Scholarship Prize.

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