J. Reuben Clark Law Society
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JRCLS Community Service Experiences

Ernest L. Wilkinson (JD George Washington, LLB Harvard ’27) assisted many LDS law students while practicing law in the Washington, D.C. area. Meanwhile, he performed extensive pro-bono service for the Church.  President Wilkinson was influential in the LDS Church’s decision to establish a law school at BYU, and served as President of Brigham Young University from 1951-1971.

President James E. Faust (JD Univ. of Utah ’48).  JRCLS attorneys have an excellent example of service to the Bar in President Faust, who attended law school at the University of Utah and practiced law in Salt Lake City.  While filling various Church callings, President Faust served as president of the Utah Bar Association, where he helped to found the Utah Bar Foundation, which promotes legal education and awareness of the law in the community, and funds the provision of legal services to the poor.

Elder John K. Carmack (LLB UCLA ‘61), practiced law in the Los Angeles area, where he served on the Los Angeles executive council for the Boy Scouts of America, as president of the Westwood Bar Association, and as Chair of Board for the Chamber of Commerce.  In 2001, he was chosen as the first Managing Director of the LDS Church’s Perpetual Education Fund, which has made loans to more than 40,000 students in more than 40 countries to help them complete their education and launch their careers.

Elder D. Todd Christofferson (JD, Duke Univ. ‘72).  As a lawyer, Elder Christofferson postponed private practice to serve as Law Clerk to Judge John J. Scirica during the Watergate hearings in 1972-73, and then practiced law in Washington, D.C.; Tennessee; Virginia; and North Carolina.  Elder Christofferson was the associate general counsel for NationsBank in Charlotte, served as the volunteer chairman of Affordable Housing of Nashville, Tennessee, and was heavily involved in interfaith activities in the Nashville area.