Title: Professor Emeritus
Company: Widener University Delaware Law School
Location: Wilmington, Delaware, United States
Russell Hakes, Professor Emeritus at Widener University Delaware Law School has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Lawyers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in commercial, property, and contract law.
Mr. Hakes is a Professor Emeritus of law and former Vice Dean at the Delaware Law School of Widener University, where he taught for almost 25 years specializing in contract, commercial, and property law. He began his journey as a student at Brigham Young University, where he spent two years studying physics before being called to serve as a missionary in Germany. Working with the public led Mr. Hakes to develop an interest in psychology, and when he returned to Brigham Young University, he changed his major, graduating cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in 1971. He continued his education at Yale University, earning a Master’s Degree in psychology in 1976 after spending two years on active duty in the United States Army to finance his studies. In the Army, Mr. Hakes began to consider exploring a career in law, and he returned to Brigham Young University after his discharge, graduating magna cum laude in 1978 with a Juris Doctor degree.
For the next ten years, Mr. Hakes practiced with Los Angeles firm Adams, Duque & Hazeltine, becoming a partner and head of the firm’s real estate practice in 1985. Looking to downsize and create more time to spend with his family, Mr. Hakes left the firm in 1988 and became an associate professor at the Delaware Law School of Widener University the following year. In 1999, he served as an adjunct professor of law at the Temple University Beasley School of Law and was a visiting associate professor at Michigan State University during the 2000-2001 academic year. Mr. Hakes rose to full professor from 2003 until 2013, when he was granted Professor Emeritus status, and served as Vice Dean between 2005 and 2008.
Mr. Hakes has been extensively published and has served as a consultant editor on the American Bar Association’s Uniform Commercial Code and as a researcher for the state of Utah’s healthcare staffing needs. A devout member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Mr. Hakes has spent his retirement active in church projects and charitable outreach and enjoys genealogy, woodworking projects, and time spent with family.
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