Sep 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. . .


Save the Date: 6th Annual Women in the Law Prelaw Event

Each year since 2009, the Women in Law Committee of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society has hosted a prelaw event prior to the Annual Leadership Conference. It is designed to reach out to women who are thinking about going to law school, planning to go to law school, or who may even consider the possibility at some point in the future. Men are also invited and welcomed, but it is focused toward women pursuing a law school path. Read more. . .


2014 Religious Freedom Conference: A Galactic Battle

"Just because you turned to the dark side...." Yes, even allusions to Star Wars were included in the BYU International Center for Law and Religion Studies' Religious Freedom Conference held July 7-9. Panelists exchanged these pleasantries as they played out the arguments from the Supreme Courts' recent decision in Hobby Lobby. Read more. . .


New York Attorney General Speaks to JRCLS, BYUPAS Chapters

Eric Schneiderman had three goals when he became the New York Attorney General. He reported on those goals at a joint meeting of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society and BYU Political Affairs Society in New York City on June 20th.

After an introduction from Elder Jeffrey Olson, Mr. Schneiderman discussed his efforts to (1) build and maintain the best public law firm in the country, (2) make New York competitive in the global economy, and (3) promote the constitutional goal of equal justice under the law. In accomplishing these goals, he said "you have to help the good guys while you go after the bad guys." Read more. . .


BYU Education Week CLE Photo Gallery

BYU Education Week in August featured numerous CLE options for lawyers, including presentations on everything from land use and eminent domain to best practices for litigation to the current state of the legal market. Read more. . .


West Africa Conference Report

The 5th Annual Conference of the Africa West Chapter of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society was held on Friday, 29th and Saturday, 30th August, 2014 in the Garden City of Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria.

Friday evening’s mix and mingle was with Dr. Hycenth A. Ajie, an Associate Professor of Economics with the University of Port Harcourt, who is also a lawyer and a member of the Law Society. He presented a paper titled "The Stock Market, Prospects for Lawyers," where he threw more light on the activities of the stock market and encouraged lawyers to participate and invest in it. Read more. . .


Business and Religious Freedom

Two different men, one similar story about faith, society, and business while working abroad. Brian Grim, while working in the United Arab Emirates, felt he had many ways to contribute to society, yet when working in neighboring Saudi Arabia, he had much less enthusiasm for work and no real desire to contribute to society outside of work. The difference? His Catholic faith was illegal in Saudi Arabia. Later he would meet Gregory Clark, someone who had experienced certain restrictions on the free exercise of this faith while working in Qatar. These common experiences would ultimately contribute to both men becoming a part of the Religious Freedom & Business Foundation. The Foundation is founded on the idea that religious freedom, in addition to being a basic human right, is a powerful catalyst for strengthening businesses and promoting economic development. 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. . .