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JRCLS 2017 Leadership Conference
September 28 - 29, 2017
Provo, UT - BYU Harmon Center & Aspen Grove


Conference Schedule

Conference Program


Keynote Speakers

Judge G. Murray Snow

Judge Snow was born in Boulder City, Nevada. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brigham Young University in 1984. He received a Juris Doctor from the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University in 1987.  Snow started his legal career as a law clerk for Judge Stephen Hale Anderson of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit from 1987 to 1988. He was in private practice in Phoenix, Arizona, from 1988 to 2002. He was a judge on the Arizona Court of Appeals from 2002 to 2008.  Judge Snow was nominated by President George W. Bush on December 11, 2007, and was confirmed by the United States Senate on June 26, 2008, and received his commission on July 23, 2008.

Russell Wood

Russ Wood earned his Doctorate in Interpersonal Communication in 2008 at the University of Utah.  His dissertation applied the theory of Relational Communication to negotiation.  Specifically, he studied attorneys negotiating--and arrived new findings not previously available in the fields of negotiation or legal communication.
            Prior to returning to academe, Russ enjoyed an extensive media career as an on-air talent, account executive, sales manager, station manager, and corporate vice president.  He was employed by several of the country’s leading media firms with the majority of his career with Bonneville International Corporation in Salt Lake City.  He managed KSL Radio and worked with Bonneville’s stations in ten major U. S. markets as Vice-President of Marketing.  During his media career he earned a Master’s Degree in Communication from the University of Missouri at Kansas City.

William F. Atkin

Bill Atkin serves as an Associate General Counsel of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and is responsible for the international legal affairs of the LDS Church working closely with four Regional Legal Counsel and 13 Area Legal Counsel. Formerly, Bill was an international partner in the law firm of Baker & McKenzie for almost 18 years. He was the managing partner of Baker & McKenzie offices in Taipei, Taiwan, San Francisco and Palo Alto and Moscow, Russia. He also worked in Baker & McKenzie’s Chicago and Caracas, Venezuela offices. Prior to joining Baker & McKenzie, Bill was a trial attorney with the Civil Division of the US Justice Department from 1976-1979 representing the US Government in the Court of International Trade. Prior to that, he worked as a law clerk to the Honorable David T. Lewis, then Chief Judge of the US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit (1975-76). Bill received an LL.M. degree from Columbia University School of Law (1979)(with an emphasis on international and comparative law). He graduated magna cum laude with a J.D. from Arizona State University College of Law in 1975 where he served as Editor in Chief of the Arizona State Law Journal. Bill received his B.A. from Brigham Young University in 1972.

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If you would like to reserve lodging at Aspen Grove, please click on the link below to make these reservations.  Please note that you must register for the Leadership Conference separately.  Securing accommodations at Aspen Grove does not register you for the JRCLS Leadership Conference as well.  You must separately register for both housing and the conference.

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Conference highlights include:

  • Leadership development and training
  • Dinner and a keynote address
  • Annual sunrise hike to Stewart Falls
  • Report on world legal affairs by the Area Legal Counsel for the LDS Church


Who should attend?
  • Attorney Chapter Chairs, Vice Chairs, and Women in the Law Reps
  • Chapter Relations Council Members
  • Student Chapters Board Members
  • JRCLS International Board Members
  • JRCLS Committee Members
  • Clark Society Advisors


Please direct questions about the conference to Lorie Hobbs at ("lzh2@byulaw.net").


We look forward to seeing you in September!

--The JRCLS Conference & Events Committee

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Past Conferences:
               2016 Leadership Conference Schedule


               2015 Leadership Conference Schedule


               2014 Leadership Conference Schedule