Distinguished Hamline University School of Law Founder
Emeritus Professor of Law
“As students grow into attorneys, we as professors and mentors provide a forum for the students to realize how to make their knowledge of the law blend with their professional aspirations. With the globalization of law, this blending of law and professionalism will increase students’ opportunities and allow them to contribute in an international context.”
B.A., Concordia College
M.S., North Dakota State University
J.D., University of North Dakota School of Law
L.L.M., University of Manitoba School of Law
Professor Larry Bakken’s diverse background includes business, economics, politics, and scholarly achievement. As one of the founding professors of the Hamline School of Law, Bakken has served in various leadership roles. He has been a consultant to the Minnesota House of Representatives, the Administrative Conference of the United States, and the Minnesota Private College Council. Bakken has chaired the Federal Grants Committee of the urban, state, and local government section of the American Bar Association, the Administrative Law Section, the Canadian-American Law Section, and the Legislation Section of the Association of American Law Schools. He has also edited several journals and newsletters, authored, Justice in the Wilderness and co-authored, Minnesota Administrative Procedure.
Bakken serves as chair of the International Advisory Committee to the Metropolitan Council and on the board of directors of the National League of Cities. He has taught and lectured in Canada, China, Germany, Moldova, Norway, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, and Italy.
- Teaching two classes each semester at the Law Faculty in Bergen, Norway
- On the board of the James J. Hill Center in St. Paul
- Active in the development of the Golden Valley (Minn.) Community Foundation
- Involved in the Loppet Foundation Adventure Center in Wirth Park in Minneapolis
- New board member of Norway House in Minneapolis and chair of the Minnesota Peace Initiative