On Wednesday, April 16, 2014, the Center for Constitutional Studies at Utah Valley University (CCS) conferred its highest award of Honorary Fellow upon Dallin H. Oaks.
Currently, Elder Oaks is a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In connection with this award, Elder Oaks delivered the keynote address at the CCS Constitutional Symposium on Religious Freedom.
Dallin H. Oaks is a former Justice of the Utah Supreme Court, law clerk to Chief Justice Earl Warren of the United States Supreme Court, Professor of Law at the University of Chicago, and lawyer at the firm Kirtland and Ellis in Chicago. A graduate of Brigham Young University and the University of Chicago Law School, Oaks has been an officer or member of the board of many business, educational, and charitable organizations. He is also the author or 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."
Dallin H. Oaks joins Pulitzer Prize winning author, David McCullough, as an Honorary Fellow of the Center for Constitutional Studies.
This Symposium's other distinguished Symposium participants included: Senator Mike Lee (R-UT), Judge Thomas Griffith (U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit), Dr. Jan Shipps (IUPUI), and Dr. Sally Gordon (Penn Law). Susan Griffith, wife of Judge Thomas Griffith, delivered the CCS student lecture.