Frederick Gedicks
Guy Anderson Chair and Professor of Law

 Professor Gedicks holds the Guy Anderson Chair, one of three endowed chairs at the Law School. He is widely published on law and religion, constitutional law, and constitutional interpretation, including two books,The Rhetoric of Church and State: A Critical Analysis of Religion Clause Jurisprudence (Duke University Press, 1995), and  Choosing the Dream: The Future of Religion in American Public Life (Greenwood Press, 1991) (with Roger Hendrix).

Professor Gedicks's current research focuses on the Religion Clauses of the 1st Amendment. Among his recent publications are "RFRA Exemptions from the Contraception Mandate: An Unconstitutional Accommodation of Religion," 49 Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review (forthcoming Spring 2014) (with Rebecca Van Tassell); "Incorporation of the Establishment Clause Against the States: A Logical, Textual, and HIstorical Account," 88 Indiana Law Journal 669 (2013); "Narrative Pluralism and Doctrinal Incoherence in Hosanna-Tabor," 64 Mercer Law Review 405 (2013); and "With Religious Liberty for All: A Defense of the Affordable Care Act's Contraception Coverage Mandate," 6 Advance 135 (Fall 2012).

Professor Gedicks has lectured in Italian at universities throughout northern Italy, including the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart (at both its Milan and Piacenza campuses) and the Universities of Alessandria, Como, Florence, Genoa, Milan, Salerno, Siena, and Turin. He was Visiting Research Fellow on the ReligioWest project at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy during November and December 2012.

Professor Gedicks grew up in New Jersey and southern California. Following graduation from law school and a clerkship on the Ninth Circuit, he practiced corporation and securities law in Phoenix, Arizona, until he entered law teaching. Professor Gedicks joined the BYU law faculty in 1990 after four years at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, and a year at the University of Denver.

Contact: 504 JRCB, BYU Law School, Provo, UT 84602 • (801) 422-4533 •
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Curriculum Vitae: View Frederick Gedicks's Curriculum Vitae here.
  • JD from University of Southern California. Class of 1980.
    Articles Editor, Southern California Law Review
  • BA from Brigham Young University. Class of 1977.
    Cum Laude, with "High Honors" from Honors Program
Research Interests:
  • Constitutional Law
  • Fourteenth Amendment
  • Freedom of Religion
  • Postmodernism & Law
Classes Taught: Federal Courts, Fourteenth Amendment, Freedom of Religion, Law & Religion Colloquium, Structures of the Constitution (1st year introductory course)