Harry J. Haynsworth

Dean Emeritus

“The ultimate purposes of law are to help individuals and institutions be successful in fulfilling their goals and to protect our liberties and property rights.  It is a privilege to be associated with William Mitchell – a law school where, for more than 100 years, students have been taught that law is a positive force for good and that lawyers, acting as intermediaries between the contending forces in our complex society, serve the public good.”


A.B., 1961; J.D., 1964, Duke University
M.A.R., 1989, Lutheran Southern Theological Seminary


William Mitchell College of Law: dean emeritus, 2004-; president and dean, 1995-2004; professor of law, 1995-2004.

Southern Illinois University School of Law: dean and professor of law, 1990-95.

University of South Carolina School of Law: associate dean, 1985-86; acting dean, 1976-77; professor of law, 1974-90; associate professor of law, 1971-74.

Partner, Haynsworth, Perry, Bryant, Marion & Johnstone, Greenville, S.C., 1964-71.

Admitted: South Carolina, 1965.

Professional Focus

Legal ethics, professionalism issues, and the legal problems of closely held businesses have been the areas where Professor Haynsworth has focused most of his professional academic work in the past 25 years.

Leadership & Service

Commissioner, National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws (NCCUSL), 1992-; Co-Chair, Uniform Entity Transactions Act Drafting Committee, 2000- ; Member, Revised Uniform Limited Liability Company Act Drafting Committee, 2003- ; Member, Study Committee on the Omnibus Business Organizations, 2003- ;Chair, Uniform Merger and Conversion Act Drafting Committee; 2000-2004; Chair, Uniform Limited Liability Partnership Committee Drafting Committee, 1996-97; Member, Uniform Partnership Act Drafting Committee, 1992-96, Uniform Limited Liability Company Act Drafting Committee, 1994-96, and Uniform Limited Partnership Act Drafting Committee, 1998-2000; Member, NCCUSL-ABA Joint Ed. Board for Uniform Unincorp. Orgs. Acts, 1996-; Chair, 1996-98, and Secretary, 1998-2001; Member, ABA Business Law Section Committee on Partnerships and Unincorporated Business Organizations; Trustee, Minnesota Zoological Board of Trustees, 1999-; Chair, Consortium for Innovative Legal Education Inc. LLM International Advisory Committee, 1997-; Member, Foundation Board of the St. Paul Area Council of Churches, 2004- ; Member, Minn. State Bar Association Sentencing and Prisons Task Force, 2004-