J. Reuben Clark Law Society
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Chair:
Gordon T. Foote
Hallett & Perrin, PC
1445 Ross Avenue
Suite 2400
Dallas, TX 75202
Phone: (214)922-4152
Fax: (214)922-4144
gfoote@hallettperrin.com

Vice Chair:
Danielle Reist Dallas
Not Available
Phone: (801)602-3340
Fax:
danielle.r.dallas@gmail.com

Secretary, Profiles in Service Editor:
Amber Michelle Brown
Not Available
Phone:
Fax:
amber.crockett@gmail.com

Operations Committee Liaison:
Benson Dastrup
Not Available
Phone:
Fax:
bensond@law.byu.edu

Member:
Suzette Alles
13509 S. Tuscalee Way
Draper, UT 84020
Phone: (801)717-0821
Fax:
suzette.alles@gmail.com

Member:
Wendy Fors Jerdon
Durfee Law Group
1423 S. Higley Rd, Suite 127
Mesa, AZ 85206
Phone: (480)324-8000
Fax:
wjerdon@cox.net

Member:
Elizabeth Shaw Smith
1154 S 1620 E
Springville, UT 84663
Phone: (714)396-0720
Fax:
ess@egarysmithlaw.com

Member:
Nancy Stevenson Van Slooten
Not Available
Phone: (801)571-1535
Fax:
nancyvanslooten@gmail.com

Newsletter Editor:
Julie Ferguson Smith
Not Available
Phone: (949)274-6377
Fax:
julieandherboys@yahoo.com

Updates and Inspiration Editor:
Megan Jayne Nelson
Fabian VanCott
215 S. State Street
Suite 1200
Salt Lake City, UT 84111
Phone:
Fax:
megan.jayne.nelson@gmail.com

Best Practices

The Media Committee is working on a “Best Practices” document in which guidelines will be provided for chapters to run their social media outlets. For example, if you have a Facebook Page or a LinkedIn account, there are best practices that should be followed when running those communication means. Here are some overarching principles that would apply to any media:

  • Remember that the media outlet represents the J. Reuben Clark Law Society as well as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Insure that content is uplifting and appropriate.
  • Occasionally we have seen advertisements sent on LinkedIn accounts. Those who manage the accounts should insure that no advertisements or soliciting is done through the media outlet.
  • Branding should be consistent with the J. Reuben Clark Law Society logo and general style if possible. Please check with the Media Committee on branding issues.
  • For Chapter websites, you should coordinate your website with the jrcls.org/chapters/locations website which links from the jrcls.org webpage to your local chapter webpage. You can also link to your social media from your local webpage and/or your jrcls.org chapter webpage.
  • Keep in mind the JRCLS Mission Statement when posting material and announcements. Try and tie into the larger JRCLS facebook page, newsletter, and other International JRCLS media outlets.

Projects and Mission of the Media Committee

The Media committee is committed to reaching out through various media outlets to engage with members of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society. Many media outlets are in development and have been deployed. The media outlets are as follows:

  • Jrcls.org website.
  • J. Reuben Clark Law Society Facebook page. Please get to be “friends” of this facebook page. Email Tom Isaacson at tomisaacson@comcast.net if you need to be invited to “friend” the JRCLS Facebook Page.
  • LinkedIn. The Law Society has a LinkedIn account for distributing notices and information to attorneys and students who are connected to that account.
  • JRCLS Newsletter. If you are not getting the JRCLS newsletter, please let Elizabeth Smith know at ess@egarysmithlaw.com. This is a great resource of many current events and activities in the Law Society and is sent out monthly.
  • Updates and Inspiration (sent out bi-weekly).

History of Media Committee

Jeff Shields, founder of Shields Law Offices in Irvine, California, founded the Media Committee in 2011 as a member of the International Board of Directors of the Law Society.  The Media Committee manages all media aspects of the Law Society including the YouTube Channel, the JRCLS Newsletter, the JRCLS LinkedIn account, Pinterest account and Twitter account.  Follow/friend/join etc. some of your favorite media outlets. 

JRCLS History Subcommittee

  • The JRCLS History Sub-Committee is under the umbrella of the Media Committee and is continually working on preparing articles and media projects focused on the long term history of the JRCLS and the current history such as new chapters, new law conferences, domestic and international expansion of the law society.

Guidelines For Submitting Youtube Videos And Suggestions For Media Activities

  • Often chapters may prepare media projects such as a Youtube video to promote an upcoming conference or to report on a historic event or activity.  Any chapter or organization that would like to have such media projects posted on the International Website or Youtube Channel, please contact tomisaacson@comcast.net to work out the details of getting that media posted.
  • Anyone preparing such a video, please prepare them to be uplifting, keeping in mind the Mission Statement of the Law Society.  Any such videos should be of high quality appropriate as a representation of the JRCLS.  Any questions can be directed to tomisaacson@comcast.net at the media committee.

JRCLS Updates/Inspiration and Newsletter Submission Deadline/Publication Date Schedule for 2015

  • The following information about the JRCLS Publications Schedule for 2015 for the Newsletter and updates. This includes the publication date and the submission deadlines for information for each of these news outlets. 

JRCLS Publications Schedule 2015


Type of Publication Submissions Deadline Publication Date
Updates January 1 January 5
Newsletter January 12 January 21
Updates January 22 January 26
Updates February 5 February 9
Updates February 19 February 23
Newsletter March 2 March 11
Updates March 19 March 23
Updates April 2 April 6
Updates April 16 April 20
Newsletter April 27 May 6
Updates May 14 May 18
Updates May 28 June 1
Updates June 11 June 15
Newsletter June 29 July 8
Updates July 10 July 20
Updates July 30 August 3
Updates August 13 August 17
Newsletter August 24 September 2
Updates September 10 September 14
Updates September 24 September 28
Updates October 8 October 12
Newsletter November 1 October 28
Updates November 19 November 23
Christmas Message December 4 December 7
No e-email    
No e-mail NA N/A

The purpose of the Updates and Inspiration e-mail is to announce JRCLS events or events of interest to JRCLS members to the Society.  Each e-mail also includes an inspirational thought.  All announcements for the Updates e-mail should be sent to Megan Needham at announcements@jrcls.org by the date indicated above. 
 
The purpose of the Newsletter generally is to report on events that have occurred either in individual JRCLS chapters or for the Society as a whole.  Articles are often written by members of the JRCLS Media Committee.  However, chapters can also submit articles.  Please contact Elizabeth Smith at ess@egarysmithlaw.com if you have questions about upcoming issues of the Newsletter.
 
We also are beginning to use items in these publications in social media, and you can contact Tom Isaacson at tom.isaacson@novakdruce.com about the Society’s social media efforts.
 
Content on the Society website at jrcls.org is posted by Webdirect.  Questions about website content can be directed to Mary Hoagland at hoaglandm@law.byu.edu.

GUIDELINES FOR RUNNING THE NEWSLETTER: 

JRCLS NEWSLETTER
Information and Explanations on How to Do It
Compiled by Elizabeth Smith
5/29/14
 
·         What it is and who it goes to
 
The JRCLS Newsletter is a bi-monthly emailed publication of the J Reuben Clark Law Society.  It goes to all the JRCLS members worldwide (approximately 12,000 at last count).  Its purposes are to keep the membership informed of events and people in the Society, to highlight awards and accomplishments, to give a "face" to members through interviews and personal-interest articles, and to further the mission of the Law Society.
 
·         Publication schedule
 
The newsletter is published every other month:  January, March, May, July, September, and November.  The specific dates of publication may vary slightly from month to month, depending on personnel schedules and Updates & Inspirations scheduling.  The newsletter should not come out the same week as Updates and Inspirations.  A sample schedule may be found at:  http://jrcls.org/?folder=committees&page=media&id=10  Click on the link JRCLS Updates/Inspiration and Newsletter Submission Deadline/Publication Date Schedule for 2014 and the schedule will expand.  
 
Following each Media Committee meeting, I send an email to all authors and committee members listing the articles and writing assignments for the upcoming issue.  I also try to send reminder emails two weeks and one week before the article submission deadline. Articles are submitted to me for editing at least two weeks prior to the publication date. 
 
However, article submission to the editor may need to be changed to three weeks prior to publication deadline, as we are switching to WebDirect at BYU for formatting and preparation for emailing.  Vance at WebDirect has told me it will take them "at least a week" to do the formatting.  It takes me 3-5 days to edit all articles, assemble and crop photos, and compose the headlines.  I recommend sending the edited copy (pre-WebDirect) out for approvals at this point so that if there are changes the copy won't have to go through WebDirect twice (which could add another week's delay onto the publication time).  Approvals of all edited copy should be obtained from the JRCLS chair (Jeremiah Morgan), the JRCLS Executive Director (Mary Hoagland), and the Media Committee chair (Tom Isaacson).  This usually only takes 1-2 days.  After I make their suggested changes (if any), the copy can then go to WebDirect.
 
·         Content:  Authors and articles
 
Article ideas are discussed and usually assigned at the monthly JRCLS Media Committee meeting at least two months prior to publication.  For example, the January newsletter content will be discussed at the November Media Committee meeting and again at the December Media Committee meeting.  Article ideas are proposed at other times via email to the newsletter editor and/or the Media Committee chair, by members of the committee and others.  Most newsletter articles are written by Media Committee members.
 
Generally, the newsletter is differentiated from the Updates and Inspiration publication in two ways:  (1) newsletter articles are longer, and (2) newsletter articles report on past events, while the Updates announces future events.  There are exceptions to this when more publicity for a coming event is desired (for example, annual conferences and leadership conferences).  The newsletter also does "features"--not just reporting of events--such as interviews and religious liberty essays.  Try to place articles on upcoming Society-wide events (always brief) first in the newsletter and reports on past events later.  Society-wide events should come before regional events.
 
The aim for number of articles is 7-10 per issue.  However, we have had as few as four and as many as twelve.
 
The only recurring section is the Profiles in Service, which always comes last.  The current introduction has been carefully crafted to not limit the section to Church positions and to not refer to Church positions as "accomplishments."   We recommend continuing to use this language.  Amber Brown has been responsible for this section. However, I read the Church News each week and pull out all references to attorneys in personnel announcements (stake presidencies, auxiliary heads, temple presidents, mission presidents, GAs, etc).  We strive to include women.
 
Another content goal for every issue is inclusion of articles about women (or the Women in Law section of the JRCLS) and students.
 
The newsletter generally covers (post-event) most events that the Updates email has mentioned, but not always.  Among those we have regularly had articles about are:  annual fireside, annual conference, leadership conference, WIL pre-law event, some chapters annual dinners (e.g., Sacramento, Los Angeles, D.C.), Las Vegas March Madness Symposium, Orange County Religious Liberty Symposium, West Africa, Canadian, and Australasia regional conferences, BYU Education Week CLE, and BYU's ICLRS religious liberty lecture series.  We have also done updates on social media postings.  I have tended to follow the lead of the Updates email on some of these events, but we do not always cover all the events announced in the Updates.
 
·         Editing and photos
 
I edit each article for consist use of terminology and of course for standard written grammar and usage.  In the body of articles the JRCLS should be referred to as the Law Society, not the "JRCLS," although "JRCLS" may be used in titles.  However, since this is the JRCLS newsletter, I try to avoid use of the JRCLS name in titles as redundant.  I note in [red parenthetical] notations where photos should come in an article.  I try to have at least one graphic or photo per article.  Usually photos are supplied by the authors or subjects so there is no copyright issue.  Occasionally I get stock photos off the internet, and avoid those with a copyright restriction.  I have found plenty of "free," open use photos and graphics available in the past.  I have been sending the photos to the formatter/designer in separate emails, but titled and labeled to show which article they go with.
 
Upon request from Bill Atkin, and following formal legal style, we strive to use no contractions in the newsletter.  Need to be particularly cognizant of catching contractions in interviews.  In addition, no speculation on Church plans or policies by editors, authors, or interviewees should appear in the newsletter.
 
I place all the articles in Times New Roman, 12-pt font.  Heads in 14-point.  All headlines are also listed at the top of the newsletter, before the articles.  Each headline is also a link to the full article.  Bylines are placed in a separate line at the end of the article, in italics.  No paragraph indents, just spacing before new paragraphs.  I usually end up with 20-30 pages of edited copy, single spaced, to send out for approvals and for formatting.
 
·         ALC Interviews
 
We have so far done three interviews with Area Legal Counsel (Greg Clark--Brazil, Mike Jensen--Europe, and Martin Slater--West Africa).  These are popular articles both with our readers and with Bill Atkin, who has provided approval and request for cooperation to all ALCs.  Julie Smith developed a great page of interview questions, which both Bill A and I changed a bit, but I send those to the ALCs in advance and then have interviewed them for an hour on the phone, talking through those questions.  Julie wrote the Greg Clark interview.  I did the Mike Jensen and Martin Slater interviews.  We should continue with these, as possible.  Some ALCs are so busy or perhaps reluctant for other reasons.  However, there are 13 worldwide and we have only done 3, so there is a fertile field there yet. 
 
·         Archives
 
The archives of prior newsletter articles posted on the jrcls.org website is a great place to get ideas for future articles and to make sure we are not duplicating coverage on a person or event. 
 
JRCLS Style Sheet for the Newsletter

Updated June 11, 2014
 
 
1.      Headlines c & lc, bold face; Titles left hung
 
2.      Format for copy—font:  Times New Roman 
                 a.  Titles bf, 14-pt;
                 b.  Copy regular 12-pt; 
                 c.  Bullet points:  bf, 14-pt.
 
3.      Picture captions:  c&lc, italics
 
4.      Dates:  day month year, no commas:  1l October 2012
5.      J. Reuben Clark Law Society – first reference; “Law Society” subsequent references
a.       “JRCLS” ok in titles
b.      Avoid “JRCLS” in body of articles
 
6.      Order of articles:  upcoming Society-wide events first, then past Society-wide events, then chapter events.
 
7.      People updates at the end:  new high church callings or gov’t posts (mission presidents)
a.       Also mention spouses by NAME; 
b.      Add line at bottom soliciting input (“This is what we are aware of.  If you know of others, let us know.”)
c.       Criteria:   Unique and doing good.
 
8.      Length:  Typically in the range of 6-10 articles.

Social Media Data and Links

Articles/Events

Social Media Content Submission Schedule

  • The following is a link to the Social Media Content Submission Schedule in which members of the JRCLS leadership and local leaders are scheduled to provide a social media message, primarily through the JRCLS Facebook page
  • Social Media (Facebook) assignment list for posting
  • Week Poster Name/Contact Info
    Jan 1 Media committee Tom Isaacson
    410 286-9409
    tomisaacson@comcast.net
    Jan 8 JRCLS Conference Organizers Ginny Isaacson
    443-975-1210
    tmisaacson@aol.com
    Jan 15 Large chapter leadership Jeremiah Morgan            jeremiah.morgan@ago.mo.gov
    573-751-3767
    Jeff Bradford jeffbrad@umich.edu
    734-730-8826
    Jan 22 JRCLS Conference Organizers Ginny Isaacson
    443-975-1210
    tmisaacson@aol.com
    Jan 29 Women in the Law Nannette Barker
    nanbarker@gmail.com
    Feb 5 Small chapter leadership Jeremiah Morgan            jeremiah.morgan@ago.mo.gov
    573-751-3767
    Jeff Bradford jeffbrad@umich.edu
    734-730-8826
    Feb 12 Committee chair See contact info below
    JRCLS Conference
    Feb 19 Section leader Charles Roberts
    croberts@wasatch-ip.com
    Feb 26 Student chapter Jeff Bradford
    SCB@jrcls.org
    Mar 5 Media committee Tom Isaacson
    410 286-9409
    tomisaacson@comcast.net
    Mar 12 Student chapter Jeff Bradford
    SCB@jrcls.org
    Mar 19 Women in the Law Nannette Barker
    nanbarker@gmail.com
    Mar 26 Small chapter leadership Jeremiah Morgan            jeremiah.morgan@ago.mo.gov
    573-751-3767
    Jeff Bradford jeffbrad@umich.edu
    734-730-8826
    Apr 2 Committee chair See contact info below
    General Conference
    Apr 9 Section leader Charles Roberts
    croberts@wasatch-ip.com
    Apr 16 International Board of Directors Jeremiah Morgan
    573-751-3767
    Jeremiah.morgan1@gmail.com
    Week Poster Name/Contact Info
    Apr 23 Public Service Stephen West
    slw@udallshumway.com
    Apr 30 Large chapter highlight on outstanding attorney Jeremiah Morgan            jeremiah.morgan@ago.mo.gov
    573-751-3767
    Jeff Bradford jeffbrad@umich.edu
    734-730-8826
    May 7 International chapter Jeff Bradford jeffbrad@umich.edu
    734-730-8826
    May 14 Media committee Tom Isaacson
    410 286-9409
    tomisaacson@comcast.net
    May 21 Large chapter leadership Jeff Bradford jeffbrad@umich.edu
    734-730-8826
    May 28 Section leader Charles Roberts
    croberts@wasatch-ip.com
    Jun 4 Women in the Law Nannette Barker
    nanbarker@gmail.com
    Jun 11 Small chapter leadership Jeff Bradford jeffbrad@umich.edu
    734-730-8826
    Jun 18 Committee chair See contact info below
    Jun 25 Guest post  
    Jul 2 Media committee Tom Isaacson
    410 286-9409
    tomisaacson@comcast.net
    Jul 9 International Board of Directors Jeremiah Morgan
    573-751-3767
    Jeremiah.morgan1@gmail.com
    Jul 16 Small chapter leadership Jeff Bradford jeffbrad@umich.edu
    734-730-8826
    Jul 23 Small chapter highlight on outstanding attorney Jeff Bradford jeffbrad@umich.edu
    734-730-8826
    Jul 30 Section leader Charles Roberts
    croberts@wasatch-ip.com
    Aug 6 Women in the Law Nannette Barker
    nanbarker@gmail.com
    Aug 13 Small chapter leadership Jeff Bradford jeffbrad@umich.edu
    734-730-8826
    Aug 20 Committee chair See contact info below
    Aug 27 Section leader Charles Roberts
    croberts@wasatch-ip.com
    Sep 3 Public Service Stephen West
    slw@udallshumway.com
    Sep 10 Media Committee Tom Isaacson
    410 286-9409
    tomisaacson@comcast.net
    Sep 17 Student chapter Jeff Bradford
    SCB@jrcls.org
    Sep 24 Student chapter Jeff Bradford
    SCB@jrcls.org
    JRCLS Leadership Conference
    Oct 1 Student chapter Jeff Bradford
    SCB@jrcls.org
    General Conference
    Oct 8 Large chapter leadership Jeff Bradford jeffbrad@umich.edu
    734-730-8826
    Oct 15 Section leader Charles Roberts
    croberts@wasatch-ip.com
    Oct 22 Women in the Law Nannette Barker
    nanbarker@gmail.com
    Oct 29 Guest post  
    Nov 5 Committee chair See contact info below
    Nov 12 International chapter Jeff Bradford jeffbrad@umich.edu
    734-730-8826
    Nov 19 International Board of Directors Jeremiah Morgan
    573-751-3767
    Jeremiah.morgan1@gmail.com
    Nov 26 Small chapter leadership Jeff Bradford jeffbrad@umich.edu
    734-730-8826
    Dec 3 Media Committee Tom Isaacson
    410 286-9409
    tomisaacson@comcast.net
    Dec 10 JRCLS Conference Organizers Ginny Isaacson
    443-975-1210
    tmisaacson@aol.com
    Dec 17 Section leader Charles Roberts
    croberts@wasatch-ip.com
    Dec 24 JRCLS Conference Organizers Ginny Isaacson
    443-975-1210
    tmisaacson@aol.com

Miscellaneous/Media Committee Meeting/Assignment Schedule 2015

2015 JRCLS Media Committee Monthly Meeting Schedule and Assignments
Dial in Number:  877-238-4682
Access Code: 148710

Dates (All on Wednesday) Time Opening Prayer Opening Media Idea/Spiritual Thought Closing Prayer
January 7 1 PM (ET)      
February 4 1 PM (ET)      
March 4 1 PM (ET)      
April 1 1 PM (ET)      
May 6 1 PM (ET)      
June 3 1 PM (ET)      
July 1 1 PM (ET)      
August 5 1 PM (ET)      
September 2 1 PM (ET)      
October 7 1 PM (ET)      
November 4 1 PM (ET)      
December 2 1 PM (ET)      

















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