Jesse Dukeminier (August 12, 1925 – April 20, 2003) was a professor of law for 40 years at the University of California, Los Angeles, and authored or co-authored a significant number of articles and textbooks in the areas of property law, wills, trusts, and estates. His two major textbooks on property law and on wills, trusts, and estates are the most widely used books in their separate fields. Updates are still being produced to the text, with the Dukeminier name, alongside coauthors, remaining on the work.
Dukeminier was born in West Point, Mississippi in 1925 and received a bachelor's degree from Harvard University in 1948, and his Juris Doctor from Yale in 1951 before briefly entering the practice of law with a Wall Street law firm. He then taught law at the University of Kentucky College of Law, and visited at Harvard and the University of Chicago before taking a position at UCLA in 1963.