Why We Serve
Members of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society are inspired by religious conviction. We believe in the power of religious values and practice to properly inform and motivate our profession. This strong belief is at the very core of who we profess to be.
One of the great values that unites all religions around the world is service to fellow man. People of goodwill everywhere know that service changes the lives of both the giver and the receiver. That it enriches and strengthens every society. That it connects individuals with the meaning and purpose of life.
In the religious tradition of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, this value is nowhere better summarized than by these words of King Benjamin from the Book of Mormon:
And behold, I tell you these things that ye may learn wisdom; that ye may learn that when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God. Mosiah 2: 17.
Inspired by this great truth, members of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society strive through public service and professional excellence to promote fairness and virtue founded upon the rule of law.
"It may be possible for each to think too much of his own potential glory hereafter; it is hardly possible for him to think too often or too deeply about that of his neighbor." (C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory, 18).
". . . [F]or many, . . . access to justice is far from easy. Many impediments exist, caused by language and cultural differences, physical or emotional barriers, lack of money, and inadequate information about available services. The need for pro bono assistance is perhaps never more urgent than in a time of economic contraction. Whether it is a denial of public or private benefits, changes in child support and alimony payments, an inability to pay rent, an outstanding medical bill, an immigration problem, or some other problem, obtaining legal assistance can mean the difference between the successful resolution of a problem and a life-altering loss." Chief Justice Ronald M. George of the California Supreme Court, California state bar convention, September 5, 2003.
"Generally speaking, the most miserable people I know are those who are obsessed with themselves; the happiest people I know are those who lose themselves in the service of others...By and large, I have come to see that if we complain about life, it is because we are thinking only of ourselves." Gordon B. Hinckley