Leadership Development Team Members
|Jim Moss, LDT Chair
Payne & Fears LLP
299 S. Main St., Ste. 1328
(O) (385) 202-2680
(C) (949) 836-1700
Office of General Counsel
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
(O) (801) 240-0385
(C) (801) 388-7324
Senior General Counsel
Jorge Luis Pazos
Arizona Business Unit-
Office of the Solicitor (Department of Interior)
Salt Lake City, Utah
Wright Law Group PLLC
1959 S Power Rd Ste 103-376, Mesa, Arizona, 85206-3768
The LDT team members and their background and assignments are:
Jim Moss, LDT Chair, 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.