Kevin J Worthen – BYU J. Reuben Clark Law School

Kevin J Worthen

Brigham Young University President; Hugh W. Colton Professor of Law

Kevin J Worthen is a noted scholar on federal Indian law and the impact of law on indigenous peoples internationally. He has published in numerous journals including the Harvard, Minnesota, Vanderbilt and North Carolina Law Reviews. He is also author of portions of the 2005 revision of Felix Cohen's Handbook of Federal Indian Law.

His strong interest in Indian law grew during his clerkship for Justice Byron White of the U.S. Supreme Court through the 1983-84 term.

Prior to clerking for Justice White, Professor Worthen clerked for Judge Malcolm R. Wilkey of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. He joined the Phoenix law firm of Jennings, Strouss & Salmon in 1984 and worked there until coming to teach law at BYU in 1987. In 1994, he was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Chile. He served as BYU Law School associate dean for academic affairs from 1999 until he was appointed the fifth dean of the J. Reuben Clark Law School in 2004. Professor Worthen was the Advancement Vice President for BYU from 2008-2014. He was appointed President of Brigham Young University in 2014.

Courses Taught

  • Federal Indian Law
  • Legislation
  • State and Local Government
  • Torts I
  • Torts II
  • Environmental Law
  • Professional Seminar
  • Civil Procedure I
  • State & Local Gov I
  • Civil Procedure II
  • Civil Procedure II(Rpt
  • State & Local Gov II
  • Amer Indian Law
  • Public Interest
  • American Indian Law
  • State and Local Government II
  • State & Local Govt I
  • State & Local Govt II
  • State Local Govt I
  • State Const Law
  • Local Govt & Municipal Law
  • Local Govt/Municipal Law
  • State Local Gov I
  • Local & Municipal Law
  • State Local Govt II
  • Contracts I
  • Law Firm Externship
  • State & Local Government I
  • Contracts II
  • Rights/Indigenous People in Int. & Comp
  • Contracts
  • State & Local Govt. I
  • State & Local Government 1
  • Structures of the Constitution


  • J.D., Brigham Young University, 1982
  • B.A., Brigham Young University, 1979
  • A.S., College of Eastern Utah, 1979