March 3, 2010 — Scott M. Matheson Jr. was nominated today by President Barack Obama to the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver. Matheson, who currently holds the Hugh B. Brown Presidential Endowed Chair in Law at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, joined the faculty at the College in 1985.
“Scott’s nomination brings great honor to the University of Utah College of Law,” Hiram Chodosh, Dean of the College, commented. “He is a meticulous scholar, a judicious manager and a dedicated public servant who has long demonstrated his commitment to the rule of law under the Constitution. If confirmed, he will bring tremendous value and skill to the U.S. Court of Appeals. He will be greatly missed by his colleagues, students, and friends here at the College.”
In addition to his teaching career, Professor Matheson has served as a Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C., Dean of the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, United States Attorney for the District of Utah, Visiting Associate Professor at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, Deputy County Attorney for Salt Lake County, associate at the Washington, D.C. law firm of Williams & Connolly, and legislative assistant in a congressional office.
Matheson, a Yale Law School graduate and Rhodes Scholar at Oxford, teaches Constitutional Law, Evidence, First Amendment and the Press, and Scientific Forensic Evidence. In 2009, his book, Presidential Constitutionalism in Perilous Times (Harvard University Press) won the 2009 Chicago-Kent College of Law/Roy C. Palmer Civil Liberties Prize. This prestigious award was established in 2007 to honor an exemplary work of scholarship exploring the tension between civil liberties and national security in contemporary American society
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