J. Reuben Clark Law Society
Editing Content
Revert to History:

Leadership Development Team

The Law Society has grown from a small group of attorneys in 1988 to a worldwide society of more than 200 Attorney and Student Chapters.  Our membership is now blessed with amazing diversity, including chapters in urban and rural settings, speaking many languages, operating under widely varying government and legal systems - some with hundreds of members, many with only a few members scattered across several counties or countries.  This growth has provided tremendous opportunities and challenges. 
The Leadership Development Team was created to develop and share leadership strategies and resources to help local leaders to fulfill the unique mission of the Law Society:
We affirm the strength brought to the law by a lawyer's personal religious conviction.
We strive through public service and professional excellence to promote fairness and virtue founded upon the rule of law.
As the JRCLS has grown, established chapters have helped new chapters grow, often with the assistance of the LDT.  Some of those new and developing chapters are now providing inspiring examples of building and growing around the core missions of the Law Society.  The LDT is committed to marshalling the experience and wisdom of its members to build and sustain chapters around the principles that make the Law Society a unique association and a force for good in local communities around the world.
The LDT is currently responsible for:
(1)   Welcoming new chapter leaders with a New Leader Package, including a leadership manual, training materials and links to additional resources;
(2)  Helping new leaders to complete a short orientation course including materials and videos;
(2) Developing and maintaining the Leadership section of the Website;
(3) Working with the Chapter Relations Council to develop and conduct effective leadership training at the annual Leadership Conference in early October, and increasing attendance at the Conference;
(4) Developing and expanding the Atkins Scholarship to help remote chapters, both international and domestic, attend the annual Leadership Conference;
(5) Working through the Chapter Relations Council structure (Regional Vice Chairs, Area
Directors and Assistant Directors) to provide ongoing training to chapters in need of leadership development, including connecting similar chapters to provide mentoring or joint support.

Jim Moss, LDT Chair
Payne & Fears LLP
299 S. Main St., Ste. 1328
(O) (385) 202-2680
(C) (949) 836-1700

David Armstrong
Office of General Counsel
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
(O) (801) 240-0385
(C) (801) 388-7324
Morris Linton
Recently retired,
Intermountain Healthcare
Senior General Counsel
(801) 455-5280

Jorge Luis Pazos
HUDBAY Minerals-
Arizona Business Unit-
Rosemont Project 
(801) 830-4806
Susannah Thomas
General Attorney
Office of the Solicitor (Department of Interior)
Salt Lake City, Utah
(801) 239-0543
Mark Wright
Wright Law Group PLLC
1959 S Power Rd Ste 103-376, Mesa, Arizona, 85206-3768
(480) 235-0848

The LDT team members and their background and assignments are:

Jim Moss, Payne & Fears LLP, an employment and business litigator, is the current Chair of the LDT.  Jim previously served as Chair of the Orange County Chapter, and as Service and Outreach Chair, where he helped to develop guidelines for chapter service and highlighted stories and strategies for effective service from chapters around the world.
David Armstrong, LDS Church, Office of General Counsel, Regional Legal Counsel (RLC), is assigned to liaise with the Area Legal Counsels (ALC) around the world.  Bill Atkin, Associate General Counsel, has tasked them with building Law Society chapters in the countries in which they work. Armstrong is the principal author of the Leadership Manual. He has experience helping build the Law Society in Latin America where he has lived and worked.
Jorge Pazos, Peruvian lawyer, and University of Arizona graduate, is the Latin American Liaison to the LDT and chapter leadership. He has managed calls to local leadership and helped to identify problems and solutions for issues that arise in the development and maintenance of successful Latin American chapters. After assisting Latin American Chapters for several years as they have developed and grown by focusing on service, religious liberty and other principles that make the JRCLS unique, he is now working to share the success of those chapters with other chapters around the world.
Morris Linton, recently retired as Intermountain Healthcare senior general counsel, has worked on the Atkin Scholarship and chapter finances training.  Also, Morris trains chapter leaders on how to conform with JRCLS standards for banking and managing chapter finances. Chapters around the world deal with a variety of internal and external rules related to how to pay for the programming they offer within their chapter. Morris has been an integral part of the development of the JRCLS over the years so he brings a wealth of experience to this position.
Mark Wright, Wright Law Group.  Mark practices corporate law in Mesa, Arizona.  He has assisted various small companies as well as Fortune 500 companies in developing their patent, trademark, and technology licensing portfolios, specializing in emerging computer hardware and software technologies. Mark has served with the BYU Alumni Association, and has assisted JRCLS chapters with financial advice.  On the LDT, he is working to expand the reach of the Atkins Scholarship to help more international and domestic chapter leaders attend the annual Leadership Conference.
  Susannah Thomas.  Susannah is an attorney with the U.S. Department of the Interior, Office of the Solicitor, Intermountain Region located in Salt Lake City, Utah, where she has worked since June 2003.  She primarily represents the Bureau of Reclamation, Upper Colorado Region.  She specializes in federal Reclamation law, matters of state water law and environmental law, a variety of other land and water issues in both transactional and litigation contexts, and other matters of general law, including procurement, employment, and FOIA.  In addition to her work with the Department of the Interior, Susannah teaches Water Law as an Adjunct Law Professor at the J. Reuben Clark Law School.  Susannah has been heavily involved in developing Women in Law in the Law Society, and has also served in the BYU Law School Alumni Association.