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Constitution Award

2009 Honoree

Chief Judge Robert HenryChief Judge Robert Henry
United States Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit

In a public service career spanning more than three decades, The Honorable Robert H. Henry has served in each branch of government.

He was a member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives from 1976 to 1986, chairing the Judiciary and Education Committees and the Majority Caucus.

He was elected Attorney General in 1986 and re-elected in 1990. He became the first Attorney General candidate in the state's history to run unopposed.

He held the positions of Dean and Professor of Law at the Oklahoma City University School of Law from 1991 until 1994. He was appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit in 1994, and became Chief Judge on January 1, 2008.

Judge Henry is a member of the Board of Directors for the VERA Institute of Justice in New York City and is a Life Member of the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws, serving Oklahoma since 1982. He serves on the Board of Advisors for the National State Attorneys General Program at Columbia University Law School and was selected by Justice Sandra Day O'Connor to serve on the Advisory Board for the Judicial Outreach Program of the American Society of International Law. He served as Chairman of the University of Oklahoma's International Programs Center Board of Visitors. He has been selected to serve on the board of the Foundation for the Future, headquartered in Amman, Jordan.

Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist appointed Judge Henry to the Committee on Codes of Conduct of the Judicial Conference of the United States, on which he served from 2004-2005. In 2005, the Chief Justice named Judge Henry Chair of the International Judicial Relations Committee. He has traveled to the Middle East, North and West Africa, Central and Western Europe, East Asia, Russia, and Canada. He was honored by the Russian Council of Judges and the United States Department of State's Bureau of International Information Programs.

He serves on the Board of the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative and chairs the Middle East/North Africa (MENA) Law Initiative. He served on the Committee for the Africa Law Initiative Council and the Committee for State Justice Initiative.

His honors include the Oklahoma Nature Conservancy's Conservationist of the Year, the Oklahoma Human Rights Commission Award, the National Conference of Community and Justice Humanitarian of the Year, and membership in Oklahoma's Hall of Fame.