Jan 2014 Newsletter



Elder Bruce Hafen to Speak at JRCLS Fireside

A "founding father" of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society, Elder Bruce Hafen will be the featured speaker at the 2014 Annual Fireside on Friday, January 31. The event will be broadcast live at 6:00 p.m. Mountain Time (and rebroadcast at 7:30 p.m. MT). All those able to attend in person are invited to the Little Theater of the LDS Conference Center for the event, which is followed by a reception and mingling. Read more. . .


9th Annual Richards Service Award To Be Presented at Fireside

Since 2006, the J. Reuben Clark Law Society has honored annually a person or chapter who "best epitomize[s] the virtues that the Law Society espouses . . . to care for the poor, the needy, and the disadvantaged" (from Sterling Brennan's introduction of the first Franklin S. Richards Public Service Award Recipients in 2006 available at http://www.jrcls.org/service/fsr_award.php). The award is named after Franklin Snyder Richards, first general counsel for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, serving from 1890 to his death in 1934. Read more. . .


Law and History Collide in Kansas City: Register Now for Annual Conference!

The Kansas City chapter of the JRCLS is pleased to host this year's International Conference at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Law School and Student Center, February 13-15. The historic setting of Jackson County, in close proximity to Liberty Jail and other historic LDS Church sites, heightens the draw for conference attendees. This year's theme is taken from an inscription on the Ray County, Missouri Courthouse, "Obedience to Law is Liberty", a topic recently addressed in General Conference by Elder L. Tom Perry.

Headlining general sessions are Senator Robert L. Bennett (retired), former Utah Senator; Missouri Attorney General Chris Koester; and former Speaker of the Missouri House of Representatives, Catherine Hanaway. Judges of the supreme courts of Missouri and Kansas will be participating in individual and general sessions. Read more. . .


From Gas Concessions to Guerillas: Window on Church Area Legal Counsel

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Office of General Counsel has graciously granted the JRCLS newsletter staff permission to interview a number of the 13 Area Legal Counsel, responsible for Church legal affairs throughout the world. Our first interview is with Brother Gregory Clark, Area Legal Counsel for Brazil. We appreciate the time Brother Clark gave to us out of his extremely busy schedule.

Gregory Clark: Area Legal Counsel for Brazil

Personal background: Gregory Clark, one of 13 Area Legal Counsel (ALC) for the LDS Church, oversees Brazil and reports to William Atkin, Associate General Counsel - International. Greg's wife, Christina, is from Cannes, France, and they have six children. Greg, Christina, and their daughter Amanda currently reside in São Paulo, Brazil. Read more. . .


Confessions of a Summer Judicial Extern (and Insider Tips)

At the end of my first year I was done, checked out, ready to join the circus. What prevented me from realizing my destiny as a trapeze artist was my experience as a summer extern/intern/clerk/peon (whatever you call it) for a judge. While sitting in chambers discussing the merits of various cases I came to the stark and sudden realization that law school sometimes overlooks the most important aspect of the practice of law: arguing positions. That is what attracted me to the practice of law, and while writing memoranda I was able to see the fulfillment that comes from such intellectual exercises. A judicial internship helps you understand the actual practice of law, helps you realize what types of arguments are persuasive to a judge and which are not. Read more. . .


Heather Cooke - Attorney, Mother, Missionary (Part I)

Heather Nelson Cooke, now serving with her husband, Peter Cooke, as he presides over the Washington D.C. North Mission, was formerly an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Utah, served on the Utah Board of Pardons and Parole, and was Director of the Utah State Sentencing Commission before leaving full-time practice. In this first of a two-part interview by Tom Isaacson, Heather is engagingly honest as she shares details of her decision to go to law school and how finding and pursuing her career path complemented her religious beliefs. In the second part of the interview, which will appear in the March newsletter, Sister Cooke discusses her career and family life after her marriage. Read more. . .


Women in Law Conference Breaks New Ground

The first-ever JRCLS Regional Women in Law Conference was a resounding success! Ninety-one attorneys (mainly women with a sprinkling of brave men), law students, and undergraduates from six different states (Arizona, California, Idaho, Nevada, North Dakota, and Utah) registered. It began with an inspiring address on "Balance & Priorities" given by Judge Sherrill Ellsworth from California. Six classes were then offered, with attendees being given the opportunity to attend three of them. Read more. . .


Connecting through JRCLS Social Media

The Law Society has a presence in a plethora of social media. Sharing Law Society experiences in this way is easy, fun, and a rich resource for members and leaders. Provided here by the Media Committee is basic information on the various social media outlets being used and developed by the Law Society. There are links on the www.jrcls.org home page for the Facebook page, YouTube channel, Twitter account, and LinkedIn group. Other social media outlets include Pinterest and Instagram. Read more. . .


Profiles in Service

This section lists members of the Law Society who have recently been recognized for community or legal accomplishments and service, including LDS Church service. As always, please send the media committee an update if you would like to see someone noted in Profiles in Service. You can email us at mediacommittee@jrcls.org. Read more. . .