Jul 2014 Newsletter



Plan Now for Annual Leadership Conference

All JRCLS chapter chairs, the international board of directors and operations committee, all international committee chairs and international committee members, Clark Society Advisors, and others in leadership positions are encouraged to plan now for the annual JRCLS Leadership Conference on October 2-3, 2014. Read more. . .


Catholic Chairs JRCLS Chapter in Brazil

The third JRCLS chapter in Brazil recently opened in Curitiba, the eighth largest city in Brazil with approximately a population of 1.8 million people. The new Brazil South Chapter has thirteen members. Dr. Odacyr Prigol graciously accepted the invitation of Greg Clark, Brazil’s Area Legal Counsel for the LDS Church, to serve as chapter president. Prigol has been practicing law for approximately 30 years. He specializes in civil, labor, and tax law. He is married with two children, ages 19 and 22. Read more. . .


JRCLS Member Honored with University of Utah Chair

Professor Christian Johnson was appointed by University of Utah President David Pershing on May 1, 2014 as the holder of The Hugh B. Brown Presidential Endowed Chair in Law. The Chair was established in 1977 to honor and celebrate the life of Hugh B. Brown, a General Authority of the LDS Church, jurist, military officer, and businessman. Read more. . .


Timely ICLRS Conference in Provo, July 7-9, Offers CLE/Ethics Credits

The International Center for Law and Religion Studies at BYU will host a 3-day conference in Provo, Utah, July 7-9, 2014, on the theme "Religious Freedom in a Secular World". The program has recently been expanded to 18 CLE credits, including 1 credit of ethics and 1 credit of professionalism and civility, applied for with the Utah State Bar. Read more. . .


"Like England in the 1850s": The Church in West Africa--Interview with Martin Slater, Area Legal Counsel

This is the third in a series of authorized interviews with some of the thirteen LDS Church Area Legal Counsel around the world. Our thanks to Martin Slater, Area Legal Counsel in the Africa West Area, currently living in Accra, Ghana, for sharing his time and insights.

Personal background:  Brother Slater has already served three years as Area Legal Counsel in West Africa, but recently extended for another year. His background is in real estate and business transactions law. He and his wife, the former Jennifer Frazier, have three children and eight grandchildren. He received his J.D. from BYU's J. Reuben Clark Law School in 1982.

Prior to serving as an ALC, Martin served as mission president in Thailand, where he had also served as a young missionary. He has also served as a stake president and bishop.

JRCLS Newsletter:  Please tell us about your responsibilities as an ALC in West Africa. Read more. . .


How Not to Study for the Bar Exam

The original title for this article was "how to study for the bar." After studying for a couple months for the patent bar examination, I figured I would be in a fantastic position to guide fellow students on how to study for the bar. I am, however, in no such position to give that advice because I failed the patent bar examination. Fear not; I will still be able to bestow qualified advice, however my advice will not be "how to study for the bar" but "how not to study for the bar." Read more. . .


Brazil Northeast Chapter Again Leads Out in Service

We conducted a volunteer pro bono service project on May 31, 2014, a Saturday, from 8:30 am to 12 noon, to assist approximately eighty senior citizens with law-related issues. These were residents of ILPI - Santa Rita, a long-stay institution for the elderly, in the city of Paulista, Pernambuco, Brazil. All were unable to afford attorneys' fees.

This historic project was undertaken in partnership with the Pernambuco State prosecutor, through the 3rd Prosecutor's Office of Citizenship Paulista. [Note from Greg Clark, Brazil Areal Legal Counsel: The Public Prosecutor had previously reviewed and approved of the questionnaire to be used with these elderly folks, and such questionnaire will be used by state authorities to assist the elderly in other parts of the state. This questionnaire, developed by Aroldo, will become a blessing in the lives of many elderly folks in the State of Pernambuco.] Read more. . .


Canadian Conference to Feature Elder Christofferson

The Calgary, Edmonton, and 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. Read more. . .


CLE Offered at BYU Education Week

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. Read more. . .


Law and Leadership Conference Draws Crowd in D.C.

On Saturday, April 12, 2014, over 70 attorneys, law students, and prelaw students gathered in Crystal City, Virginia for a JRCLS regional conference themed "Law and Leadership." This conference was inspired by the vision of the Law Society's international Women in the Law Chair, Nan Barker, who planned a similar regional conference in Phoenix, Arizona, last November. The Women in the Law Committee, D.C. Chapter, Conference & Events Committee, and volunteers from Norwalk, Connecticut, to Charlottesville, Virginia came together to make the D.C. conference a success.

The conference started with breakfast and a keynote address by Mary Hoagland, Executive Director of the Law Society. Dr. Hoagland spoke about the meaning of leadership and how we can become better leaders. She quoted The Life of Bees saying, "You are best at doing the things you love most." Read more. . .


Lawyers Can Be the "Bug of the World": Asia-Pacific Conference Report

Most have never heard the expression – "to be the bug of the world." Nor has anyone thought to add a bug to their bread dough. But that is how the Law Society's Asia-Pacific conference in Auckland, New Zealand, June 6-8, began – with a unique experience in bread-making.

The theme of the conference was taken from Matthew 13:33: "Leavening the whole – how lawyers of religious conviction can lift the profession, the community, the Church and the family." To understand how leavening works, the conference participants engaged in a little bread-making. But the experience was more extraordinary than just mixing and kneading bread. Read more. . .


Kevin Worthen, Former BYU Law Dean, Named BYU President

Kevin J Worthen, member and long-time supporter of the Law Society, became the 13th president of Brigham Young University on 1 May 2014. Worthen is the former dean of the J. Reuben Clark Law School and was most recently the advancement vice president of BYU. He replaced Dr. Cecil O. Samuelson, who served as BYU president for the past 11 years. 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. . .