This is the second in a series celebrating the 25th year since the organization of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society. These articles are authored by members of the JRCLS History Committee.
On May 16, 2013, the Becket Fund awarded its prestigious Canterbury Medal to Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Bestowed at an awards banquet in New York City, the Canterbury Medal is given annually to a person who has shown great courage in the defense of religious freedom. Past recipients include Elie Wiesel, Governor and Mrs. Mitt Romney, and Kevin "Seamus" Hasson, founder of the Becket Fund. This year, Cardinal George, Archbishop of Chicago, presented the award. The Becket Fund is a public-interest, religious liberties law firm and educational institute. Read more. . .
Nine law students have been selected to direct the affairs of the student members of the JRCLS for 2013. These outstanding members of the Law Society will represent all student members and will spend many hours conferencing with committees, helping prepare for events, and providing liaison for the Executive Committee. So that all members can get to know them better, brief profiles of each appear here. Read more. . .
Much good can be accomplished by dedicated, selfless, and motivated JRCLS members. Reports from the Santiago Chile Chapter and the Brazil Northeast Chapter show some of what can be done. Members of many chapters contribute pro bono service and we invite chapter chairs-and individuals-to share some of their experiences in this newsletter.
The United Kingdom Chapter (formerly the England, London Chapter) of JRCLS was formed in 2002 with less than a handful of members, increasing in number incrementally over the next ten years. The chapter's current chair, Charlotte Steinfeld, a London-based barrister, has overseen chapter growth of over one third. The chapter now comprises over 120 members spread across the UK with two members based in Ireland.
Bill Sheffield's life as a lawyer is a story of unexpected twists and turns. Upon completing law school at the University of California at Berkeley in 1971, he became a deputy public defender in Orange County, California. From there he entered private practice as a sole practitioner. His practice frequently caused him to travel abroad, spending days away from his family. In an effort to settle down, Bill decided to seek a judgeship. In 1983, he was appointed to a seat on the Superior Court of California. The day Governor Jerry Brown telephoned Bill to tell him of the appointment, Bill was exhilarated. Read more. . .
Everything worth having requires hard work, perseverance, and faith.
The 2013 Religious Freedom Discussion Series continued on 8 May with an excellent lecture by Professor Elizabeth Clark, Associate Director of the International Center for Law and Religion Studies of the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University, which sponsors the series. At the meeting held at noon in the law school and simulcast by Webinar to listeners worldwide, Professor Clark discussed "Converging Challenges to Religious Freedom." Read more. . .
The Media Committee continues to post new videos on the JRCLS YouTube channel. Here is the link to the channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/JReubenClarkLaw. The new uploaded videos include (1) the Washington DC Circuit Court Judge Panel featuring Judge Merrick B. Garland, Judge Thomas B. Griffith, and Senior Judge Laurence H. Silberman; (2) The first portion of the evening program at the JRCLS 2013 Annual Conference Friday night program on 15 February 2013, which includes a brief history of the law school by Doug Bush; and (3) Elder Jeffrey R. Holland's talk in parts 1 and 2 of the Friday night program on 15 February 2013. Read more. . .
Several JRCLS members have had significant accomplishments or callings since the last newsletter and are deserving of recognition. Congratulations and thank-you for all that you do!