J. Reuben Clark Law Society
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Judges Committee

Todd Jay Plewe
State of Colorado
Montezuma County District Court
865 N. Park Street, Suite 100
Cortez, CO 81321
Phone: (970)565-1111
Fax: (970)565-8516

Executive Secretary:
Freyja Johnson
99 Corona St.
Denver, CO 80218
Phone: (402)432-9803

Executive Committee Member:
Jay Scott Bybee
U.S. Court of Appeals - 9th Circuit
Lloyd George U.S. Courthouse
333 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Las Vegas, NV 89101
Phone: (702)464-5650

Executive Committee Member:
Sherrill Anne Ellsworth
12818 N West Newman Lake Dr
Newman Lake, WA 99025
Phone: ( 951) 544-2420

Executive Committee Member:
Richard Allen Phelps
1705 E Hanna Rd
Suite 366
Eloy, AZ 85131
Phone: (520)466-3671

Mission Statement

We are dedicated to promoting the rule of law and the independence of the judiciary as a cornerstone of government. We strive to assist each other and all judges everywhere in upholding and promoting these ideals.

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1. To encourage our members and to provide opportunities for our members to engage in international “Rule of Law” service and initiatives – with international trips, projects and by hosting foreign judicial officers.

2. To promote and facilitate networking and collegiality between members of the JRCLS Judges Section.

3. To be a resource for the JRCLS – through providing support, speaking opportunities, internships etc.

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The Judges Committee publishes an email newsletter for its membership three times a year. Recent past issues are available here.

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The J. Clifford Wallace Award

The J. Reuben Clark Law Society – J. Clifford Wallace Award honors a distinguished jurist who has also contributed to the cause of justice beyond his or her office. The Award was inaugurated in 2018 on the recommendation of the Judges Committee of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society.   

The recipient of the J. Clifford Wallace Award must exemplify the Mission Statement of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society and the Mission Statement of the Judges Committee of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society.

The recipient of the award will be a jurist who has followed the example of the Honorable J. Clifford Wallace.  Judge Wallace has lived an unparalleled life of professional excellence, personal integrity, and service to the legal profession.  The award recognizes jurists who have demonstrated:
•             Professional distinction and excellence
•             Personal integrity
•             Service to the administration of justice beyond the judge’s ordinary responsibilities

The recipient will be approved by the Board of Directors of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society, on the recommendation of the Judges Committee of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society.  Nominations will be accepted by the Judges Committee from members of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society.  Proposed recipients must be submitted by the Judges Committee to the Board of Directors for approval before October 1st for presentation the following year.

The conferee need not be a member of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society or The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The award may, but will not necessarily, be conferred annually. 

If the award is presented, it will be bestowed before a plenary session of the annual conference of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society (or at another J. Reuben Clark Law Society event chosen by the Board of Directors and Judges Committee).  The conference or event committee will choose an appropriate presenter (with input from the Judges Committee) and will schedule the presentation.  The Judges Committee will notify the recipient and confirm the attendance of the awardee for the presentation.  The conference or event committee may, but need not, request that the recipient speak at the conference or event.  If the recipient speaks at the conference or event, the J. Reuben Clark Law Society will pay reasonable travel costs for the recipient and a guest.  If the recipient does not speak, the awardee will be provided the opportunity to make brief acceptance remarks. The personal attendance of the recipient for the presentation is preferred; however, accommodation should be made for electronic/video participation when appropriate.

The Judges Committee will procure the award.  The Judges Committee will not incur any financial liability on behalf of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society for the purchase of the award without prior approval of the Board of Directors.

2018--J. Clifford Wallace