JRCLS Happenings -- Updates and Inspiration Volume 15: Issue 7



  • JRCLS Asia Pacific Conference
  • Religious Freedom CLE Conference at BYU
  • Religious Liberty Student Writing Competition
  • Save the Date for BYU Education Week CLE
  • 2014 JRCLS Canadian Conference

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/.


Religious Freedom CLE Conference at BYU

The International Center for Law and Religion Studies will hold a conference in Provo, Utah focused on "Religious Freeodm in a Secular World" July 7-9, 2014.  This conference will provide you with the tools to be a better advocate for religious freedom.  To register, please visit the following website: http://ce.byu.edu/cw/iclrs/. Up to 12 CLE credits are available.


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!


Save the Date for BYU Education Week CLE

CLE credit will be available at the annual BYU Education Week August 18-22, 2014 on the BYU campus in Provo, UT.  CLE topics will include "Current Trends in Legal Education and the Legal Marketplace," "Ongoing Considerations on Family Law from the Bench," "Presenting Your Case in Court: Best Practices," and many more.  For more information about Education Week and to register, please visit: http://ce.byu.edu/edweek/. Please note that there is an additional $35 fee for CLE payable at 214 Crabtree Building at the beginning of Education Week.


2014 JRCLS Canadian Conference

The Canada Calgary, Canada Edmonton and Canada Lethbridge Chapters are pleased to once again host the JRCLS Canadian Conference to be held October 17-18, 2014 at the historic Banff Springs Hotel in the heart of the Canadian Rocky Mountains.  The keynote speaker is Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  Other speakers include Susan Champion Sommerfeldt, PhD, RN, The Honourable Madam Justice Carolyn S. Phillips of the Court of Queen's Bench of Alberta, and William F. Atkin, General Counsel - International for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  The cost is $449/person or $649/couple for registrations received before June 30, 2014 or $499/person or $699/couple for all registrations received after June 30, 2014.  Please contact Matt Sommerfeldt (mds@lowlaw.ca) for more information or to register.


Inspirational Thought

Many of the most significant moral advances in Western society have been motivated by religious principles and persuaded to official adoption by pulpit preaching.  Examples include the abolition of the slave trade in England and the Emancipation Proclamation in this country. The same is true of the Civil Rights movement of the last half-century. These great advances were not motivated and moved by secular ethics or persons who believed in moral relativism. They were driven primarily by persons who had a clear religious vision of what was morally right.

—Elder Dallin H. Oaks, “Strengthening the Free Exercise of Religion,” May 16, 2013 (http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/article/elder-oaks-becket-fund-canterbury-medal)

Challenge: To appreciate religion’s role in history, consider watching a movie or reading a book on the subject. Excellent free online movies include PBS’ God in America series (http://www.pbs.org/godinamerica/view/). Another magnificent (but not free) movie is Amazing Grace (http://www.amazinggracemovie.com/)


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