University of Wisconsin–Madison

Dean Orrin Helstad

Dean Orrin Helstad

Orrin Helstad, dean from 1975 to 1983, graduated in UW Law School’s Class of 1950. He would later join with colleague Marygold Melli to produce a new Wisconsin Criminal Code, the first of its kind to be codified in the U.S. The two were recognized for their superior work, which provided much of the conceptual basis for, as well as specific provisions in, the Model Penal Code. Helstad went on to author the State Administrative Code and the Wisconsin version of the Uniform Commercial Code.

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