JRCLS Happenings -- Updates and Inspiration Volume 15: Issue 6



  • Religious Liberty Student Writing Competition
  • Elder Oaks Speaks at UVU's Center for Constitutional Studies
  • Becket Fund Canterbury Medal Dinner
  • JRCLS Asia Pacific Conference
  • BYUPAS Beyond BYU Event

Religious Liberty Student Writing Competition

Law students and recent graduates not yet practicing law are invited to submit scholarly papers related to the field of religious liberty for a competition sponsored by the Washington D.C., Mid-Atlantic Chapter of JRCLS and the International Center for Law and Religion Studies.  Papers should be 9,000-13,000 words, including footnotes and are due by August 1, 2014.  First, second, and third place winners will receive $2000, $1000, and $500 cash awards, respectively, and awards will be presented at the Religious Liberty Award Dinner on Thursday, October 9, 2014 in Washington D.C.  For more information or to submit a paper, e-mail papers@jrclsdc.org.  Start writing now to be able to submit by the August 1st deadline!


Elder Oaks Speaks at UVU's Center for Constitutional Studies

Elder Dallin H. Oaks spoke at Utah Valley University on April 16, 2014 about religious liberty.  He was named as an honorary fellow of the university's Center for Constitutional Studies.  His remarks were entitled "Hope for the Years Ahead."  A transcript is available here.


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 Asia Pacific Conference

The annual Asia Pacific Conference will take place in Auckland, New Zealand Friday, June 6, 2014 - Sunday, June 8, 2014. The conference theme addresses "leavening the whole--how how lawyers of religious conviction can lift the profession, the community, the church and the family."  Featured presenters include Paul Rishworth, Professor of Law and Former Dean of the Auckland Law School; Judge Jonathan Moses; Pamela Jeffries, Fellow of the NZ Institute of Directors; and Jeremiah Morgan, International Chair of the Law Society.  For registration and more information, visit http://www.jrclsauckland.org/.  


BYUPAS Beyond BYU Event

The D.C. Chapter of the BYU Political Affairs Society is hosting its annual Beyond BYU Event May 8-9, 2014.  The event will feature speakers and networking opportunities.  For more information or to sign up to be a mentor, please visit: http://beyondbyu.org/.


Inspirational Thought

God who gave us life gave us liberty.  Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are the gift of God?  

—Thomas Jefferson


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