Dallin H. Oaks (August 12th, 1932- ) is a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Prior to this call he was dean of the law school of the University of Chicago, president of Brigham Young University (BYU) and a justice on the Utah Supreme Court.
Oaks was the son of Lloyd E. Oaks and his wife the former Stella Harris.
Oaks received a bachelors degree from BYU and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Chicago. He was then a law clerk for Earl Warren.
Oaks then was for many years a law professor at the University of Chicago.
From 1971-1980 he was President of BYU. While he was president the J. Reuben Clark Law School was formed. He also advocated the independence of private schools. This included fighting a government attempt to end the separation of men and women in off campus housing affiliated with BYU.
From 1981-1984 Oaks served as a member of the Utah Supreme Court.
Oaks has written such books as Carthage Conspiracy with Marvin S. Hill, Pure in Heart, The Lord's Way and His Holy Name.
Oaks was married to June Dixon with whom he had six children. She died in 1998. In August 2000 Oaks married Kristen M. McMain.
From 2002-2005 Oaks lived in the Philippines where he presided over the Church in that nation.