J. Reuben Clark Law Society
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Operations Committee

Virginia Tate Isaacson
850 Lindy Lane
Huntingtown, MD 20639
Phone: (410)414-7457

Stephen L. West
Udall Shumway, PLC
1138 N. Alma School Road
Suite 101
Mesa, AZ 85201
Phone: (480)461-5341
Fax: (480)833-9392

Executive Secretary:
Michael Newton
Dorsey & Whitney LLP
136 S. Main St.
Suite 1000
Salt Lake City, UT 84101
Phone: (801)933-4037

Executive Director:
Benson Dastrup
Not Available

Chief Technology Officer:
Peter M. Midgley
Brigham Young University
3760 HBLL
Provo, UT 84602
Phone: (801)422-3821
Fax: (801)422-0463

History Task Force:
Suzette Alles
13509 S. Tuscalee Way
Draper, UT 84020
Phone: (801)717-0821

History Task Force:
Elizabeth Shaw Smith
1154 S 1620 E
Springville, UT 84663
Phone: (714)396-0720

History Task Force:
Nancy Stevenson Van Slooten
Not Available
Phone: (801)571-1535

Website Task Force:
Anthony Mark Mendenhall
Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC
211 Commerce Street
Suite 800
Nashville, TN 37201
Fax: (615)744-7329

Workings of Committee

The Operations Committee manages the day-to-day affairs of the entire Law Society.  Under the direction of the Chair, the Operations Committee coordinates work among the various Law Society committees and works with both regional and local leaders to improve the experience of our members.  To accomplish these tasks, the Operations Committee meets on a weekly basis with its various constituencies and provides both leadership and support by carrying out assignments.

Meet the Committee

Ginny Isaacson, Chair

Ginny graduated from BYU Law School in 1997 and moved to the Washington, D.C. area with her husband Tom to practice law. She clerked on the Senate Judiciary Committee and then joined the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office as a trademark attorney. She worked there for nine years, five of them part-time after she had twin boys. Ginny left the Trademark Office in 2007 and stayed home full-time after their third son was born. They celebrated the arrival of their fourth son in July 2015.

Ginny Isaacson became the new International Chair of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society on October 1, 2015.  Some of her previous leadership roles in the Law Society include Chair of the Washington, D.C., Mid-Atlantic Chapter, Chair of the 2013 Annual JRCLS Conference, and Chair of the Conference and Events Committee.  As Chair of the Washington, D.C., Mid-Atlantic Chapter, Ginny helped initiate the first International Religious Liberty Award in Washington, D.C. with BYU’s International Center for Law and Religion Studies. The D.C. Annual Conference boasted the largest gathering of LDS attorneys and students ever outside of Utah, with more than 800 attending the keynote lunch featuring Justice Clarence Thomas and Elder Jeffrey Holland. 

Outside of the law society, Ginny serves on the Boy Scout committee, leads the church choir, and enjoys singing in a women’s a cappella group.

Mary Hoagland, Executive Director

Mary Hoagland is a native of Provo, Utah, but lived in California for twenty-four years—enough time for her children to consider themselves Californians.  She has a B.A. in English, an M. A. in Educational Technology and Librarianship, a J. D., and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership.  She joined the Career Services office at BYU Law School in 1994 following a bankruptcy court clerkship and law practice in Fresno, California.  She is the Assistant Dean of Career Services and External Relations at the Law School and has been an active member of NALP (the Association for Legal Career Professionals), including serving on the board of directors.  She is the President of Women in Leadership and the Chair of Utah County Women Lawyers.  She is married to Dennis, mother to three sons, and grandmother to fourteen amazing grandchildren.

Gregory Skidmore, Executive Secretary

Gregory Skidmore grew up in Los Alamos, New Mexico.  He eventually received his undergraduate degree in International Relations from Brigham Young University.  Gregory served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Toulouse, France.  After graduation from BYU, Gregory attended law school at George Mason University in Arlington, VA.  While in law school, Gregory served as a Writing Fellow teaching students legal writing and research skills and as a member of the Civil Rights Law Journal  and Moot Court board.  During his third year of law school, Gregory was a finalist and won best brief at the 2013 Religious Freedom Moot Court Competition held in Washington, DC.  Gregory grew to love the Law Society while in law school where he served as a chapter leader and co-chair for the 2013 Annual Conference.  Gregory and his wife, Kristen, moved to the Seattle, Washington area following his graduation.  He currently works as an attorney at Advocates Law Group PLLC where he litigates a wide variety of civil matters with a primary focus on employment litigation.  When Gregory is not working, serving at church, or volunteering for the Law Society, he, his wife, and young children enjoy exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

Contact Us

The Operations Committee is always interested in hearing from our members with ideas to make the Law Society better, and from friends of the Law Society interested in supporting our mission.  If you would like to speak with a member of the Operations Committee, please contact our Executive Secretary, Gregory Skidmore, at gregskidmore85@gmail.com.


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