JRCLS Happenings -- Updates and Inspiration Volume 14: Issue 5



  • ICLRS Discussion Series
  • Elder Oaks to Be Presented Canterbury Medal
  • ICLRS Volunteer Editing Opportunity
  • JRCLS Australasia Conference
  • Save the Date!
  • Check out the JRCLS Facebook Page!

ICLRS Discussion Series

Please plan to attend the Religious Freedom Discussion on Wednesday, May 8, 2013, from 12-1 p.m. MDT when Professor Elizabeth A. Clark presents "Converging Challenges to Religious Freedom."  You may attend in person in room 472 JRCB or register to participate by Webinar at https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/802035993.  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.  The Religious Freedom Discussion Series is sponsored by the International Center for Law and Religion Studies at Brigham Young University, J. Reuben Clark Law School.


Elder Oaks to Be Presented Canterbury Medal

The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty will be awarding Elder Dallin H. Oaks with the prestigious Canterbury Medal on May 16, 2013.  The award will be presented by Cardinal George, the Archbishop of Chicago at a dinner in New York City.  For more details or to purchase tickets, please visit http://www.becketfund.org/the-canterbury-medal-dinner/.


ICLRS Volunteer Editing Opportunity

The ICLRS invites JRCLS members to participate in the publication of an Encyclopedia of Law and Religion by editing articles from scholars from over 200 countries throughout the world.  Please visit this link for more details: http://www.jrcls.org/news/item.php?num=6310.  To volunteer, please e-mail Nan Barker at nanbarker@gmail.com.


JRCLS Australasia Conference

The 2013 JRCLS Australasia Conference will take place June 7th-9th in Adelaide, Australia.  Elder James J. Hamula of the First Quorum of the Seventy will speak at a reception on the Friday night of the conference.  Please visit the following link for more details: https://www.facebook.com/jrcls2013.


Save the Date!

The JRCLS Women in the Law group will host a pre-law activity called "Law School and Beyond" on the BYU campus on Wednesday, October 2, 2013.  All law students, pre-law students, and attorneys are invited to attend.  The JRCLS Leadership Conference will be at Aspen Grove on October 3rd and 4th, 2013, and the JRCLS 2014 Annual Conference will be held in Kansas City, Missouri February 13-15, 2014.  Mark your calendars!


Check out the JRCLS Facebook Page!

Here's the link: https://www.facebook.com/JReubenClarkLawSociety


Inspirational Thought

"[T]hose who are religiously oriented believe there are some areas of life into which the government can't intrude. There are things an individual can do that the state cannot suppress and is not entitled to suppress.  That's why religion is important to governments, particularly governments that seem to be insecure or authoritarian.  Religious liberties are often the first rights to be suppressed--the canary in the coal mine of human rights. . . . Suppression of religion is an early warning signal of more repression to come.  Religion is fundamental and profound; therefore it is threatening in some ways to governments that are themselves insecure in their power."

—Michael K. Young, "The Relevance of Religious Freedom," Life in the Law: Service & Integrity (2009)


Please send announcements to announcements@jrcls.org.


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