Fordham Collection

Jefferson Barnes Fordham, a former dean of law at the University of Pennsylvania and the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah, was a vocal supporter of individual rights and racial equality, testifying at Congressional hearings and serving on public panels, including one that advised President John F. Kennedy on ethics in government and the problems posed by conflicts of interest. He also helped create the American Bar Association’s division on individual rights and responsibilities, the first broad-based group within the A.B.A. to focus on civil rights and civil liberties. Jefferson Fordham lived in Salt Lake City with his wife, Rita Ennela Fordham until his death in 1994 at the age of 88.