Nov 2013 Newsletter



Outstanding Publications and Programs: Celebrating 25 Years of the Law Society

This is the fifth and final article in a series celebrating the 25th year since the organization of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society. Thanks to the members of the JRCLS History Committee for chronicling pivotal events in the development of the JRCLS.

Over its twenty-five year life, the J. Reuben Clark Law Society has developed several publications and programs to assist its membership and to realize the threefold mission of fostering religious conviction, providing public service, and promoting professional excellence. Read more. . .


Annual JRCLS Leadership Conference Highlights Service

On October 3-4, over two hundred JRCLS attorneys gathered in Provo and Aspen Grove, Utah, for the 2013 leadership conference. Participants were greatly rewarded for their attendance. Here are some of the highlights of the conference.

On Thursday, the JRCLS Service and Outreach committee headed by Steven West hosted a panel discussion. Some chapters have implemented the JRCLS's Pro Bono Legal Services Program, in which LDS clergy can refer legal matters to their local JRCLS chapters for handling. The services are offered on a pro bono basis, regardless of religious affiliation. West quoted Abraham Lincoln, that "a lawyer's time and advice are his stock in trade," and noted that many attorneys feel conflicted between a desire to provide pro bono work and limited time. Read more. . .


Elaine Dalton, New Leaders, Chapter Awards at Fall Conference

From opening keynote speaker Elaine Dalton to closing session stories by Area Legal Counsel, the 2013 Annual JRCLS Leadership Conference was a time of hope, friendship, and inspiration. Sister Dalton, recently released as president of the LDS Church's Young Women organization, told Law Society members that "service is the ultimate solution" in perilous times and that "it doesn't take much to offer service that changes the atmosphere of our world."

The leadership conference also marked the passing of the baton from Doug Bush, international chair for the past two years, to Jeremiah Morgan. Jeremiah is Deputy Solicitor General for the State of Missouri, and he and his wife, Rebecca, are the parents of five children. Read more. . .


Africa West Lawyers Meet for Fourth Consecutive Year

The Africa West Chapter of the Law Society held its fourth annual meeting in Accra, Ghana, September 6-8, 2013, under the direction of chapter chair, Edward Goh. Thirty-four lawyers and law students from Nigeria and Ghana attended the two-day event. In addition to the local participants, international chair-elect, Jeremiah Morgan, Deputy Solicitor General for the State of Missouri, participated by video conference, and Arlen Woffinden, regional legal counsel for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, travelled to Ghana to attend the conference. Read more. . .


Sacramento Chapter Fetes Members at Annual BBQ

Penney Ranch in Loomis, California, was the setting for the annual BBQ sponsored by the Sacramento JRCLS chapter on September 14, with support from the BYU Alumni Association and the BYU Management Society. Read more. . .


Chapman Law School Student Chapter Hosts LDS Judges

On October 15, the JRCLS student chapter at Chapman Law School in Orange, California, hosted speakers Judge Craig Griffin and Judge Clay Smith at a luncheon open to all students and faculty. Both Judges spoke to a full conference room of fifty to sixty people on "Magnifying One's Legal Calling." Read more. . .


"Religion and Human Rights" at International Law and Religion Symposium

The International Center for Law and Religion Studies opened its Twentieth Annual International Law and Religion Symposium, "Religion and Human Rights," Sunday, October 6, at the BYU Law School. More than 80 delegates from 42 countries gathered for the opening session, which was translated into 12 languages for those present and webcast live in seven languages.

After a welcome from BYU Law School Dean James Rasband, attendees heard from Judge Francoise Tulkens, formerly of the European Court of Human Rights. Following Judge Tulkens, the audience was pleased to listen to this year's recipient of the International Center for Law and Religion Studies Distinguished Service Award, Professor Malcolm Evans OBE. Each speaker spoke about resolving conflicts between the freedom of religion and other freedoms, usually the freedom of expression, from their respective experiences. Read more. . .


Julie Beck Speaks to Orange County JRCLS at Annual Event

Julie Beck, former general president of the LDS Church Relief Society, inspired guests at the 2013 annual dinner of the Orange County chapter of the JRCLS, with remarks on vision in leadership. Over two hundred attendees, including the mayor of Irvine, California, and several judges. Read more. . .


Scott Cameron, Guiding Light of JRCLS, Forsakes Law for Arizona

Since 1989, Scott Cameron, associate dean at BYU's law school, has steadied, guided, and supported the J. Reuben Clark Law Society as it has grown to over 12,000 members worldwide. Cameron will step down as Executive Director of the Law Society in January 2014, when he and his wife will begin serving a two-year mission as directors of the Mesa Arizona Temple Visitors' Center. Read more. . .


Profiles in Service

Congratulations to several JRCLS members who have been called to stake presidencies in the last two months and thank you for your willingness to serve! Read more. . .