JRCLS Happenings -- Updates and Inspiration Volume 15: Issue 4



  • Regional Conference in Washington D.C. Area Sponsored by Women in the Law
  • Becket Fund Canterbury Medal Dinner
  • JRCLS Service Website

Regional Conference in Washington D.C. Area Sponsored by Women in the Law

Registration is now open for the "Law and Leadership" Regional Conference.  The conference will be held on Saturday, April 12, 2014 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the LDS Chapel in Crystal City, Virginia (745 23rd Street South, Crystal City, VA).  There will be panels tailored to attorneys, as well as pre-law and law students, both male and female.  The keynote speaker will be Mary Hoagland, Executive Director of the Law Society.  Other presenters include Hannah Smith, Former Supreme Court Clerk and Senior Counsel at the Becket Fund; Lisa Norton, Of-Counsel at DLA Piper; Douglas Bush, Immediate Past Chair of the Law Society; and many others.  Registration is $30 for attorneys and guests and $20 for pre-law and law students and includes breakfast and lunch.  For more information and to register, visit http://www.jrcls.org/?folder=events&page=wil_conference. 


Becket Fund Canterbury Medal Dinner

The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty will host its 19th Annual Canterbury Medal Dinner on Thursday, May 15, 2014 at the Pierre Hotel in New York City.  Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks is this year's honoree, and Elder D. Todd Christofferson will give the benediction.  For more details about the event, click here.  Tickets are now available for purchase at https://www.becketfundcommunity.org/CanterburyMedalDinner2014.


JRCLS Service Website

At the Annual JRCLS Conference in Kansas City, the Service Committee introduced the new Chapter Service Experiences section of the Website.  It features stories, photos and videos of JRCLS members putting our mission statement into practice, using their religious conviction to serve and bless their communities and those in need:  http://www.jrcls.org/?folder=pro_bono&page=experiences. Members can link to it from the Service as Chapters page, one of the drop-downs in the Service section.  This month you can view stories from Chile, Los Angeles, Peru, Atlanta, Salt Lake City, Brazil, Washington, D.C. and Provo.  The Service Committee hopes that members will actively engage with this feature in two ways:  (1) review the stories for motivation and specific suggestions for service in your own Chapters (watch Happenings and JRCLS Facebook for updates), and (2) contribute your own Chapter’s stories to help motivate and provide suggestions to your fellow attorneys.  If JRCLS members can take photos and/or amateur video (including smart-phone) of their Chapters’ service projects, the Service and Media Committees will provide technical help to edit and post the video.  Please contact Stephen West at SLW@udallshumway.com or Jim Moss at jrm@paynefears.com to let us know when you have a story to share.


Inspirational Thought

Human dignity can survive only if we commonly believe and commonly affirm that every single human being, at every stage of development, is a person made in God’s image and bearing the dignity that is the mark of God’s personal possession. The only adequate conception of human dignity rests upon the biblical teaching that such dignity is not a human achievement, but a gift. Human beings do not achieve the status of dignity by their abilities or performance or development. Human dignity and the worth of the human individual is predicated only upon the fact that every human being is made in the image of God, and therefore is to be respected, protected, and cherished as a member of the human community.  

Dr. R. Albert Mohler Jr., President of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, "Strengthen the Things that Remain," Brigham Young University, February 25, 2014


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