Mar 2014 Newsletter



2014 Annual Law Society Fireside: Honoring the Examples of Elder Bruce C. Hafen and Scott Cameron

On Friday, January 31, 2014, attorneys and guests gathered at the Conference Center Little Theatre in Salt Lake City, Utah, for the Annual J. Reuben Clark Law Society Fireside. The evening began with the presentation of The Franklin S. Richards Public Service Award, a recognition to honor "those whose selfless service epitomizes the virtues [our] Society espouses". Scott Cameron, former JRCLS Executive Director and Assistant Dean at BYU's Law School, was honored with this award. Now serving with his wife, Christine, as directors of the Mesa Temple Visitors' Center, Elder Cameron virtually encouraged Society members to reflect on the service pillar of our mission statement and to make 2014 a year to "be known for our fruits, not just for our good intentions." Read more. . .


Historic Annual Conference in Kansas City

Over 300 attorneys, law students, and guests of the J Reuben Clark Law Society gathered in Kansas City, Missouri, on February 13-15 for the ninth annual JRCLS conference. Events took place at the University of Missouri, Kansas City campus. Dean Ellen Suni opened the conference on Thursday evening and welcomed everyone to the University of Missouri-Kansas City Law School. Senator Robert Bennett spoke to the conference theme of Obedience to the Law is Liberty. Read more. . .


Jeremiah Morgan: JRCLS Chair, Man for This Season

Jeremiah Morgan, current international chair of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society, is an exemplar of the professional skills and experience and the personal and religious commitment that J. Reuben Clark himself would have applauded. The first native Midwesterner to serve as international chair, Jeremiah grew up in the small town of Lamoni, Iowa, and received his secondary education in Independence, Missouri. His undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, came from the University of Central Missouri, where he played both American football and violin, presumably not both at the same time. During his undergraduate years, he studied abroad in Budapest, Hungary, and served a full-time mission in the Micronesia-Guam Mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, learning two languages. Read more. . .


Phoenix JRCLS Chapter Brings Life to the Desert with First Law and Religion Symposium

This past January the Phoenix JRCLS chapter hosted its first Law and Religious Symposium at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, at Arizona State University. The conference was timely, given the recent controversy regarding Arizona Bill SB 1062, which would have granted an individual or legal entity an exemption from any state law that substantially burdened the exercise of religion. The Phoenix chapter hosted the event in partnership with the Thomas More Society. Chairperson Kent Kammack was pleased with the turnout, noting that the 135 attendees represented many different faiths. Read more. . .


Spotlight on the Kansas City Chapter: Pioneer on the Missouri

For those lucky to attend, Kansas City, Missouri, recently hosted the annual international conference of the Law Society. By all accounts, it was a great event with excellent speakers and discussions. While at the conference, Media Committee chair Tom Isaacson was able to sit down with Kansas City leaders Clint Patterson (conference chair and chair of the chapter) and Angel Zimmerman (chair-elect, who will take over for Clint in November) to talk about the history and makeup of the chapter. Read more. . .


"A Dream Job": Mike Jensen, Europe Area Legal Counsel

This is the second in a series of interviews with some of the thirteen LDS Church Area Legal Counsel around the world. Our thanks to Mike Jensen, Area Legal Counsel in Europe, currently living in Frankfurt, Germany, for sharing his time and insights.

Personal background: A clue to Brother Mike Jensen's extensive international service to the Church is the fact that five of his six children have graduated from high schools outside the United States. In 2013 he and his wife, the former Jean Simmons, returned to Frankfurt where Mike oversees the legal affairs of the Church in the Europe Area, reporting to William Atkin, Associate General Counsel-International. This is Mike's third sojourn in Germany, as he served as missionary in the Germany Munich Mission, then he and Jean returned in 1995 to preside over the Germany Frankfurt Mission. Read more. . .


(Almost) Everything You Wanted to Know About Internships

What's an internship? It's a clever arrangement where you pay the school money so that they don't have to pay a professor to teach you. It's a weird system but it provides some benefits for future employment. The truth is, most employers care about only two things: that their employee will be a good "fit" with their culture and that the employee will be a great asset. Resumes are fine, but they can lie or mislead and they all look the same. An internship can help you get an edge on the competition by overcoming many employers' reservations. Here's how: Read more. . .


Justice Kagan Speaks at Rex Lee Luncheon, Washington D.C.

Every year the Washington D.C. chapter of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society presents an outstanding advocacy award to honor Rex Lee. The 2014 award went to Judge Sri Srinivasan of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

Keynote speaker for the event was United States Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan. Read more. . .


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

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 and served on the Utah Board of Pardons and Parole and as Director of the Utah State Sentencing Commission before leaving full-time practice. In this second of a two-part interview by Tom Isaacson, chair of the JRCLS Media Committee, Sister Cooke describes the changes that came to her career and her life as she embarked on marriage. 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.

David John Crapo, with his wife Teresa Lynn Crapo, has been called to serve as president of the Guatemala City East mission. Brother Crapo is a partner with Crapo Smith PLLC in Bountiful, Utah. Read more. . .