H. Reese Hansen

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H. Reese Hansen (born April 8, 1942) is an American legal academic. To date he is the longest serving dean of the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University having served as dean from 1989 until 2004.

Hansen received his bachelor's degree from Utah State University and his law degree from the University of Utah. After practicing law with the firm of Strong, Poelman & Fox in Salt Lake City for two years, Hansen joined the BYU Law School faculty in 1974.

Hansen's main specialties have been probate and trust law. He has written books on the probate laws of Utah and Idaho with Stanley D. Neeleman. Hansen also wrote the 1978 Edition of the Utah Manual for Justices of the Peace.[1]

Since serving as dean of the J. Reuben Clark Law School Hansen has served as a member of the Advisory Committee on Professionalism of the Utah Supreme Court. In 2010 Hansen served as president of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS).[2] Hansen continues to teach at the J. Reuben Clark Law School, currently holding the Howard W. Hunter Chair.

Hansen is a Latter-day Saint.