Richard Wilkins

(801) 422-2669

Richard Wilkins graduated in 1979 from the J. Reuben Clark Law School and was the first of the law school’s alumni to join the faculty. In 1984 he began teaching civil procedure, constitutional law and federal courts. Prior to joining BYU faculty, he was an assistant to the solicitor general of the United States in the 1980s. He also drafted legislation regulating abortion passed by the Utah legislature in the early 1990s. He served as the director of the World Family Policy Center at BYU and in 1996 presented a paper, “The Impact of U.N. Conference Declarations on International and Domestic Law,” in Istanbul at an event sponsored by the United Families International. At the conference, he defended traditional family values as the foundation for sustainable national and international communities.  Richard died November 26, 2012.


  • "Supreme Court Voting Behavior: 1998 Term", 27 Hastings Const. L. Q. 423 (2001).
  • "Protecting Marriage and Family in a Global Society," Encounters: Journal of Inter-cultural Perspectives, Vol. 6, No. 2, September 2001 at 223 (reprinted by Serendib Research Institute, International Studies, October 2001, Sri Lanka).
  • "The Central Role of Family and Marriage in a Global Society" , Journal of the Faculty of Islamic Studies and Arabic, No. 5, Issue 1 1999-2000 at 28-55 (University of Peshawar 2000).
  • "The Constitutionality of Legal Preferences for Heterosexual Marriage", Vol. 15 The Family in America, No. 6 (The Howard Center 2001).
  • "The International Criminal Court and Social Engineering", The National Observer, Autumn 2001, Number 48 at 13 (Australian Council for the Public Interest) (reprinted by Verein zur Forderung der Psychologischen Menschenkenntnis, Mut Zur Ethik, November 2001, Zurich, Switzerland).