Kevin J Worthen

Doyle-Winter Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law


Kevin J Worthen is the Doyle-Winter Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law at Yale Law School, having recently ended his tenure as President of Brigham Young University, which he led from 2014 to 2023. An expert in the rights of Indigenous peoples, Worthen is the Hugh W. Colton Professor of Law at Brigham Young University’s J. Reuben Clark Law School.

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Kevin J Worthen

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Education & Curriculum Vitae


J.D., Brigham Young University J. Reuben Clark Law School, 1982
B.A., Brigham Young University, 1979
A.S., College of Eastern Utah (now USU-Eastern), 1978 

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Kevin J Worthen is the Doyle-Winter Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law at Yale Law School, having recently ended his tenure as President of Brigham Young University, which he led from 2014 to 2023. An expert in the rights of Indigenous peoples, Worthen is the Hugh W. Colton Professor of Law at Brigham Young University’s J. Reuben Clark Law School. Worthen served as Dean of the J. Reuben Clark Law School from 2004 to 2008 and as BYU Advancement Vice President from 2008 to 2014. He began his academic career in 1987 at Brigham Young University, where he had received a B.A. and J.D. Worthen previously worked as an Associate Attorney at Jennings, Strouss & Salmon. In 1994, Worthen was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Chile Law School. He clerked for the Honorable Byron R. White of the United States Supreme Court and the Honorable Malcolm R. Wilkey of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Among other terms of professional service, Worthen served as chair of the Membership Review Committee of the Association of American Law Schools in 2010-2011 and is currently a Commissioner of the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.