1991 Rosenblatt Recipient

Edwin Brown Firmage

B.S., M.S., J.D., LL.M., S.J.D., Samuel D. Thurman Professor of Law

Professor Firmage has combined a remarkable record of scholarly publication, innovative teaching, and service to the university, local, and national communities. He served as White House Fellow on the staff of Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey, with responsibility in civil rights. He was United Nations Visiting Scholar in New York and Switzerland.

For more than three decades as a faculty member of the College of Law at the University of Utah, Professor Firmage has written on vital issues of our time, particularly constitutional law, American history, the American Constitution, first amendment expression, religion and law, interfaith and ecumenical dialogue, international law, arms control and disarmament, nuclear weaponry and war, and the peaceful resolution of disputes.

Professor Firmage's books and papers have brought him national and international recognition. 'Zion in the Courts', the first legal history of the Mormon experience in the 19th century, received the national first-place book award of Alpha Sigma Nu in 1990. With Francis Wormuth, he authored the first analysis of the war power, 'To Chain the Dog of War', and with Covey Oliver and others, he is editor of 'The International Legal System', a casebook for the study of international law that is used in law schools throughout the country.

He received the Charles Redd Prize for outstanding contributions in humanities from the Utah Academy of Science, Arts and Letters; the Governor's Award in the Humanities, and the University of Utah's Distinguished Teaching Award. His nationally recognized lectureships include the Reynolds, McDougall, Lane, and the Kellogg Lectures at the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and lectures in Rome before the International Congregation of Men and Women Religious.

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1990 Recipient
John R. Roth
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1989 Recipient
Harold H. Wolf
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