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Rex E. Lee, 10th president of Brigham Young University

Rex E. Lee was named the 10th president of Brigham Young University on May 12, 1989, effective July 1, 1989, and stepped down on December 31, 1995, due to health reasons. He passed away on March 11, 1996.

Before being named president of BYU, Rex Lee was a partner in the law firm of Sidley & Austin. He joined the firm June 1, 1985, after having served for four years as solicitor general of the United States.

President Lee was the founding dean of the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University from 1971-1975, and from 1975-1977 served as assistant attorney general, Civil Division, United States Department of Justice. He held the George Sutherland Chair of Law at Brigham Young University’s J. Reuben Clark Law School beginning in 1985. From that time, he taught Constitutional Law and maintained a private appellate practice, which was almost exclusively before the United States Supreme Court. He argued a total of 59 cases before the Court.


Full Name: Rex E. Lee
Grad Year: BA 1960
College: Business
Major: Accounting
Post date: April 2, 2018
Author: BYU Office of the Presidents