Utah Valley University is dedicated to preparing future generations of citizens and leaders in all fields with a practical understanding of political and economic thought essential to the perpetuation of constitutional government and ordered liberty. With this in mind, it is my pleasure to introduce to you one of Utah Valley University's exciting new academic institutes—The Center for Constitutional Studies. It is our goal that it will become one of the preeminent centers of its kind.
President Holland contributes to the Center, as his busy schedule allows, guest lecturing and speaking on issues relating to political philosophy and American political thought.
G. Kevin Jones is an Attorney-Advisor in the Intermountain Regional Office of the Solicitor, United States Department of the Interior, Salt Lake City, Utah. He has received numerous special achievement awards from his work as a DOI attorney, including the 2012 Intermountain Regional Director's Award for outstanding legal service to the National Park Service.
He also supervises the intern program, and has mentored over 75 law students including students from the University of Michigan, New York University, Notre Dame, Wake Forest, Pepperdine, University of Utah, and Brigham Young University.
Dr. Jones was a United States Supreme Court Judicial Fellow in the Administrative Office of the United States Courts, assigned to work with the Federal Courts Study Committee on the Future of the Federal Judiciary (FCSC). The FCSC was appointed by the Chief Justice at the direction of Congress to analyze the Federal courts and develop a long-term plan for the Federal judicial system. He researched and wrote drafts of FCSC proposals, and communicated the FCSC's ideas to the Federal judiciary for review and comment. He also was a United States Supreme Court Judicial Intern in the Office of the Administrative Assistant to the Chief Justice of the United State Supreme Court (Warren E. Burger), where he prepared a report proposing congressional passage of a bill eliminating the mandatory jurisdiction of the Supreme Court and converting the method of Supreme Court review to a discretionary approach. The Supreme Court Case Selection Act, eliminated most of the Supreme Court's mandatory jurisdiction.
Dr. Jones' previous employment includes the Alaska Public Defender Agency, and acting magistrate, court attorney, and consultant to the Alaska Court System. He was Legislative Assistant for energy policy on the Washington staff of Senator Ted Stevens. He has taught adjunct courses in constitutional law at the University of Utah School of Public Policy, natural resources law at J. Reuben Clark School of Law, Brigham Young University, and criminal law at the School of Justice, University of Alaska-Anchorage. He was a research and teaching assistant to the Departments of Political Science at Colorado State University and Brigham Young University. He was a participant in the Law Mentor Program and a judge in the Moot Court Competition at the University of Utah College of Law and the J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University. He was also a member of the Utah Bar Journal Committee serving on the Member Views from the Bench Editors section.
Dr. Jones has presented papers at numerous government and professional conferences.
He has authored fifteen law review articles, many of which received publication awards
from prominent nation organizations, and contributed to the publication of three text
books. His publications have received recognition from the National Wildlife Foundation,
the American Bar Association, the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, the Eastern
Mineral Law Foundation, and the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Tulsa
College of Law.
Dr. Jones graduated with a B.S. degree Summa Cum Laude from Brigham Young University in 1974 and received his J.D., Cum Laude from the same institution in 1977. He also holds an L.L.M., (Master of Laws) degree from the University of Utah and an S. J.D., degree (Doctor of Juridical Science) from the University of Virginia, the highest degree awarded for the study of law.
Active in community affairs, he has served as Chairman of the East Bench Community Council. He is admitted to practice law before the Utah Supreme Court, the United States District Court for the District of Utah, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.