JRCLS Happenings--Updates and Inspiration Volume 15: Issue 10



  • Register Now for the 2014 JRCLS Leadership Conference
  • Last Call for Papers: Religious Liberty Student Writing Competition
  • BYU Education Week CLE for Lawyers
  • Fifth Annual JRCLS West Africa Conference
  • JRCLS Canadian Conference

Register Now for the 2014 JRCLS Leadership Conference

Registration is now open for the JRCLS Leadership Conference.  We hope all JRCLS chapter leaders, International Committee board members, JRCLS committee members, Clark Society Advisors, and others in leadership positions in the Society can join us at the Leadership Conference on October 2-3, 2014.  Meetings begin on Thursday at noon at the BYU Conference Center in the Harmon Building and will conclude by 4 p.m. on Friday at Aspen Grove.  There will be a CLE presentation given by Professor RonNell Anderson Jones on Thursday afternoon, training by Committee leaders and many other speakers including talks by the Area Legal Counsel.  Register now at this link!


Last Call for Papers: 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.


BYU Education Week CLE for Lawyers

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.


Fifth Annual JRCLS West Africa Conference

This year's Conference in the Garden City is billed for the 29th & 30th of August, 2014, at Port Harcourt Stake Center, Liberation Stadium Road, off Aba Road, in the heart of Port Harcourt.  It's packed with speakers from the Area Presidency, JRCLS International Chair, Office of the General Counsel, to prominent members of the Nigerian Bar amongst whom are Chief Barr. Nyesome Wike, Hon. Supervisory Minister of Education of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (Religion, the Student and the Law), Professor Festus O. Emiri, Deputy Director-General, Nigerian Law School Yenagoa Campus.(Religious Freedom). The Conference will be rounded off with a Conference dinner with varieties of exotic Nigerian & International dishes. For more information about registration, contact the local organizing committee: Ebi at ebimonks@yahoo.com or Sharon at kwawst@ldschurch.org.


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 $499/person or $699/couple.  Please contact Matt Sommerfeldt (msommerfeldt@gmail.com) for more information or to register.


Inspirational Thought

“[T]o work with people of other faiths to improve the moral fabric of our communities, nations, and world and to protect religious freedom….we need to understand and comprehend ‘things which have been’ (D&C 88:79), with particular emphasis on events that were precursors to the Restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ and that still need to be protected.

 [F]our major ‘things which have been’ [are:] Tyndale and the King James Bible; English common law and the U.S. Constitution; Scientific achievements, including the Industrial Revolution, the communications revolution, and advancements in medicine; [and] A return to Judeo-Christian moral principles.”

Elder Quentin L. Cook, “Restoring Morality and Religious Freedom,” Ensign, September 2012 (http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/article/elder-quentin-l-cook-speech-morality-religious-freedom) 

To understand and comprehend “things which have been”, considering watching a movie or reading a book on the subject. Excellent free online movies include Fires of Faith (http://www.byutv.org/show/123d4a82-3d47-488e-beda-2496a5a1ff2c/fires-of-faith); and PBS’ God in America series(http://www.pbs.org/godinamerica/view/).   


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