UVU Names Elder Dallin H. Oaks As Honorary Fellow
April 17, 2014
For Immediate Release
University Marketing & Communications: Melinda Colton
Elder Dallin H. Oaks, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, has been named an Honorary Fellow of the Center for Constitutional Studies at Utah Valley University. He joins two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author and historian David McCullough, who was the center’s inaugural Honorary Fellow in 2011.
Elder Oaks received the award prior to delivering the keynote address at UVU’s Constitutional Symposium on Religious Freedom on April 16.
Elder Oaks’ 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.
About the Center for Constitutional Studies
The Center for Constitutional Studies at Utah Valley University is a dynamic, non-partisan, academic institute promoting the instruction, study and research of constitutionalism, ordered liberty and the rule of law. Since UVU President Matthew S. Holland announced its formation in September of 2011, the center has engaged the University and greater community on a number of important and timely issues facing the state, nation and world. In particular, it examines issues found at the intersections of public law, political thought, public policy, religion, history and economics. Through rigorous course work, a demanding student mentoring program and prestigious conferences, symposia and lectures, the center has emerged as a regional hub and national leader in constitutional studies and civic leadership. Among the center’s recent distinguished guests are Pulitzer Prize winner David McCullough; founding secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Gov. Thomas Ridge; former secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Gov. Michael O. Leavitt; former White House legal counsel and professor of constitutional law at Pepperdine University, Douglas Kmiec; and Harvard University professor of law and popular author, Noah Feldman. The center is located in Suite 305 of the UVU Library.