Hannah Haksgaard (nee Alsgaard) was born in Kentucky, but grew up outside of Yankton, South Dakota, where she received her K-12 education. She returned to Kentucky for college before attending law school in California. During law school, Professor Haksgaard was an editor on the Berkeley Journal of Gender, Law & Justice and was a graduate student instructor in the Berkeley Legal Studies department for two undergraduate classes: Government & the Family and Reproduction, Sex & the Law. Following law school, Professor Haksgaard clerked for the Honorable Roberto Lange of the District of South Dakota and the Honorable Kermit Bye of the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. Professor Haksgaard joined the USD Law faculty in 2016. She is currently an associate professor of law.
Professor Haksgaard currently teaches Property, Family Law, Modern Real Estate Transactions, and Reproduction & the Law. She previously taught Employment Discrimination. At the law school Professor Haksgaard also advises the South Dakota Law Review, the Family Law and Children's Advocacy Group, R.D. Hurd, and the American Constitution Society. In addition to her law school teaching and advising, Professor Haksgaard is affiliated faculty with the University of South Dakota Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies' Department where she advises undergraduate research, including for students writing their honors thesis.
Professor Haksgaard writes in two areas. First, she writes about the intersection of rurality, property, and gender. Working projects include an analysis of contested divorces cases where family farms have been at issue, and an analysis of the gendered implications of federal agency decisions regarding the legal ability of women to file and prove up homesteads. She also writes about the rural lawyer shortage.
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