Elder Dallin H. Oaks To Address Religious Freedom At UVU
April 1, 2014
For Immediate Release
University Marketing & Communications: Melinda Colton
The Center for Constitutional Studies at Utah Valley University will host a distinguished group of participants, including Elder Dallin H. Oaks, at its Spring Constitutional Symposium on Religious Freedom on Wednesday, April 16. Elder Oaks’ keynote address will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the UCCU Center.
“The Center has put together an impressive group of participants for its academic symposium on religious freedom,” said UVU President Matthew S. Holland. “It is a particular honor to have Elder Oaks, who is recognized nationally and internationally for his defense and rigorous analysis of religious liberty, deliver the keynote address. I can think of no better individual to provide our students and community with the complex context of the issues surrounding this important and timely topic.”
Elder Oaks is a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. His background includes former law clerk to Chief Justice Earl Warren of the United States Supreme Court, judge for the Utah Supreme Court, professor of law at the University of Chicago and lawyer at the law firm of Kirkland & Ellis in Chicago. A graduate of Brigham Young University and of the University of Chicago Law School, Elder Oaks has been an officer and member of the board of many business, educational and charitable organizations. He is also the author and co-author of many books and articles on religious and legal subjects. In May 2013, the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty awarded him the Canterbury Medal for Courage in the Defense of Religious Liberty.
“Due to issues associated with health care, marriage and freedom of expressive association, religious freedom remains one of the most talked about constitutional topics in the country,” said Rick A. Griffin, founding director of the Center. “Beyond these developments, however, this year’s symposium will examine the importance of religious freedom to America’s past, present and future.”
The symposium’s other distinguished participants will speak at events earlier that day. U.S. Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, a constitutional lawyer and former law clerk to Associate Justice Samuel A. Alito of the United States Supreme Court, will join S.B. Gordon, a widely recognized scholar and commentator on religion in American public life, and Jan Shipps, the foremost non-Mormon scholar of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, on the symposium’s opening panel, “The Importance of Religious Freedom in America’s Past, Present and Future.” The panel will be at 10 a.m., in the Lakeview Room, on the fourth floor of the UVU Library.
The Honorable Thomas B. Griffith, Circuit Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, and former Senate Legal Counsel of the United States, will deliver the Distinguished Judicial Lecture, “The Religion Clauses of the Constitution in a Secular Age,” at 2 p.m. in room 120 of the UVU Library.
Admission to the symposium is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. Free tickets for Elder Oaks’ keynote address are available at the UCCU Center, at Campus Connection, through uvu.edu/constitution or by calling 1-800-863-7469 or 1-800-863-7474. Tickets for all other symposium events can be obtained at the Center for Constitutional Studies in Suite 305 of the UVU Library, or at will-call, by calling 801-863-5470.
For more information about the symposium, visit uvu.edu/ccs, or call the Center at 801-863-5470.