How Student Chapters Shaped the JRCLS: Celebrating 25 Years of the Law Society
This is the third 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.
Koalas, Gaols, and Smiles "Down Under" at Adelaide Regional Conference
For three days, (Friday 7 June to Sunday 9 June 2013), there were smiles "Down Under" on faces of J. Reuben Clark Law Society members and their guests. They were participating in the 8th annual Australasia- Pacific-Asia regional conference held this year in Adelaide, Australia. Participants came from all states of Australia, New Zealand, and as far away as Shanghai, China for the opportunity to renew old friendships, meet new members and students, participate in stimulating seminars, dance the night away at the gala dinner and be spiritually nourished at the closing devotional.
You Will Return: From Law Practice to Mission and Back Again
When my wife Kay and I were called to serve as mission president in the Congo, we knew that a marvelous and challenging experience lay before us. While we directed so much effort to preparation for departure and service, we also made preparations for our return. For me, that included returning to my law practice. Read more. . .
JRCLS Co-Hosts Religious Liberty Festival Event in Sao Paulo, Brazil
Dozens of entrepreneurs gathered on the night of Tuesday, May 21, at the Business Franklyn Covey Brazil offices in Sao Paolo to mark the start of a week-long Religious Liberty Festival in SÃ£o Paulo. The various religious freedom events, which took place between 21 and 25 May, was overseen by the Religious Freedom Commission of the Brazil Bar Association, Sao Paulo (OAB / SP), in partnership with the Adventist Church and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-days Saints. Read more. . .
Miracles in India: Judge William Sheffield's Journey, Part 2
"God moves in mysterious ways his wonders to perform," said the poet Cowper. In William Sheffield's case, God's wonders all began after a long day in the beer tents. It was 1976. Bill was at Oktoberfest in Munich with his wife Leslie. He returned to his hotel thinking about Indira Gandhi's legal problems. Mrs. Gandhi had failed to be reelected as prime minister, and her opponents were trying to humiliate her through a Commission of Inquiry. Brother Sheffield had read the legal defenses her attorneys were asserting, and had found them to be wholly inadequate. He felt prompted to write a letter to Mrs. Gandhi, in which he argued that her attorneys' defenses were going to result in one thing: jail time! He addressed the letter "Indira Gandhi, New Delhi, India" and sent it off. Read more. . .
New JRCLS Chapter Launched in Cusco, Peru
The first meeting of the Cusco, Peru, chapter of the Law Society was held Sunday, May 19, 2013, at the Inti Raymi stake center, with Gloria Castillo presiding as chapter chair. Both attorneys and non-attorneys attended the event. The activity provided information for young people who wish to study abroad and featured a presentation by JRCLS member David Torres, who received an LLM degree from the J. Reuben Clark Law School in Provo, UT. The well-attended presentation generated interest and enthusiasm for a second activity, which was scheduled for the following month. Read more. . .
Staying Active in the Law While Staying at Home
The JRCLS Women in the Law blog, available at: http://www.jrclswomen.blogspot.com/, is an excellent resource for female members of the Law Society and is updated often with news of events, advice, and great stories about notable Law Society members.
Freedom of Religion Helped Create the American Identity
Professor David M. Kirkham, Senior Fellow for Comparative Law and International Policy and Regional Advisor for the European Union and Council of Europe of the International Center for Law and Religion Studies and professor in the Department of Political Science, Brigham Young University, presented the third lecture in the 2013 Religious Freedom Discussion Series, "Freedom of Conscience and the American Identity," on 10 July 2013 at Brigham Young University. Read more. . .
Profiles in Service
Since our last newsletter, several JRCLS members have been called to serve in significant positions inside and outside of the LDS Church. Thank you for your service! As always, readers are encouraged to alert us to Law Society members doing great things by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.