May 2014 Newsletter



"The Hero of the Year"

Former JRCLS Las Vegas chapter chair Andrew Kynaston has been awarded one of Nevada's most prestigious awards. Andrew received Nevada's Pro Bono Attorney of the Year award for giving almost 400 hours of pro bono service through the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada. Read more. . .


Legal Aspects of Temple Building: Interview with Scott Isaacson

The following is an interview with Scott Isaacson, a shareholder at Salt Lake City law firm Kirton McConkie. Scott's practice is primarily in the International section of the firm, and he previously served as International Legal Counsel for the Church, supervising all of the Church's legal work in South America. This interview focuses on his experience in handling legal matters associated with the building of temples.

JRCLS Newsletter: What are some of the processes involved in building temples for the Church both domestically and internationally?
Scott Isaacson: The Church has built temples and buildings in the United States for many years. So Kirton McConkie and the Church Special Projects Department (the official name for the department that builds temples) developed standard forms through a lot of years of experience which describe the way we want to build a temple. Read more. . .


Conscience v. Same-Sex Rights: Orange County Chapter Hosts Debate

For the tenth year, the Orange County JRCLS chapter hosted its Religion & the Law Symposium at Chapman University law school in Orange, California. This year's symposium, held March 20, was titled "Rights of Conscience v. Same-Sex Rights: Religious Liberty in the Post-Prop. 8 Environment."

The event was co-sponsored by Chapman law school, the Christian Legal Society (both Orange County and Los Angeles chapters), the Federalist Society (Orange County Lawyers Chapter), Jewish Federation & Family Services of Orange County, the Orange County Jewish Bar Association, Pepperdine University School of Law, the St. Thomas More Society of Orange County, Trinity Law School, Western State College of Law, and Whittier Law School. Read more. . .


South Carolina Gamecocks Kick Off a New Chapter

Congratulations are in order to members of the newly formed JRCLS chapter at the University of South Carolina (USC) law school. On the first day of classes last Fall, first-year law student Robert Madsen was approached by USC Professor Ned Snow, who explained that he felt there were enough students to form a chapter. A student chapter was organized, currently comprising six students with Madsen as the chair and Snow as the faculty advisor. According to Madsen, the chapter's main goals are to provide another forum for communication on the study and practice of law from an LDS perspective, and to network with JRCLS attorneys in preparation for future employment. Read more. . .


"Lawyers as Leavening" Shapes June Asia Pacific Conference

With a timely focus relevant throughout the world, the Asia Pacific Conference of the JRCLS will tackle topics such as living our religion in a worldly workplace, pro bono service, and how to express a faith-based point of view. The conference will be held in Auckland, New Zealand June 6-8, 2014. Read more. . .


Las Vegas "March Madness" Conference Another Slam Dunk

Approximately 250 people gathered March 7, 2014, at UNLV for the fourth annual March Madness CLE event, sponsored by the Las Vegas Chapter of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society. This annual event is held concurrently with the West Coast Conference basketball tournament in Las Vegas, Nevada, to draw more regional support. This year participants came from Nevada, Idaho, Utah, Arizona, Colorado, and Washington. Conference attendees included dozens of federal, state, and local judges, as well as several elected officials. Read more. . .


Spotlight on William and Mary Student Chapter and Women in Law

The following report by Courtney Hagge, chair of the Women in Law section of the JRCLS student chapter at William and Mary College of Law, Williamsburg, Virginia, gives insights into the organizing of events in a student chapter with a relatively small LDS student population.

Between forty-five and fifty students attended our "Balancing Career and Family" panel at William and Mary in late February, co-sponsored by the JRCLS Women in Law section and the school's Christian Legal Society. Both organizations shared the cost of the event and agreed to co-sponsor future events, as well. Read more. . .


New YouTube Channel on Religious Freedom

The "People of Faith" YouTube channel has posted a video titled "Religious Freedom Is Our First Freedom." The video shows people from various faiths participating in both religious and community activities, and the message at the end supports religious freedom as fundamental to our society, stating, "As the world threatens to shrink the value of religious beliefs, people of faith show that religious freedom is at the heart of what makes the world a better place. Religious freedom is the freedom of conscience; the freedom to think, act and follow one's beliefs. In America, it is our first freedom." 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. . .