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Donald E. Wilkes Jr. (July 30, 1944 – June 7, 2019) from Daytona Beach, Florida) was professor of law at the University of Georgia School of Law.[1]

Donald E. Wilkes Jr.
Born(1944-07-30)July 30, 1944
DiedJune 7, 2019(2019-06-07) (aged 74)
OccupationAuthor, Professor of Law

A graduate of the University of Florida (B.A., 1965; J.D., 1969) Wilkes became professor of law at the University of Georgia in 1971, a post he has held ever since. He has been a member of the State Bar of Georgia since 1972 and in 1975–1976 was a fellow in Law and the Humanities at Harvard University Law School.[1]

An authority on the law of Habeas corpus, Wilkes's work State Postconviction Remedies and Relief Handbook was cited by the U.S. Supreme Court in the case Wall v. Kholi 131 S.Ct. 1278 (U.S. 2011).[2]

Wilkes is credited with the introduction of the term New Federalism in relation to criminal procedure in the United States in a series of essays in the Kentucky law Journal in the mid 1970s.[3][4]

Wilkes retired from Georgia University School of Law in 2012. He died, aged 74, on June 7, 2019.[5]


  1. ^ a b "Donald E. Wilkes Jr". University of Georgia Law School. Retrieved March 8, 2012.
  2. ^ Wall v. Kholi, 562 United States Reports (U.S. 2011).
  3. ^ Latzer, Barry (1991). State Constitutions and Criminal Justice. Greenwood Press. p. 174. ISBN 0 313 26112 1.
  4. ^ Gostin, Lawrence O. & Hodge, James G. (April 2002). Turning Point:Collaborating for a New Century in Public Health (PDF). University of Washington. p. 44.
  5. ^ "In Memoriam: Donald E. Wilkes, Jr". University of Georgia School of Law. June 10, 2019. Retrieved July 8, 2019.