JRCLS Happenings--Updates and Inspiration Volume 15: Issue 13



  • 2014 JRCLS Leadership Conference
  • Annual Women in Law Prelaw Event
  • JRCLS Canadian Conference

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!


Annual Women in 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. This year’s panel will feature Christy Matelis, a third-year law student at BYU; Megan Needham, Founder of Steps Admissions Consulting; Professor Michalyn Steele of the J. Reuben Clark Law School at BYU; and Judge Sherene Dillon of the Utah Second District Juvenile Court.  Each speaker will describe her experiences and offer advice for those considering law school. The event is being held in Room 205 at BYU Law School on Wednesday, October 1, 2014, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.  A question and answer session and refreshments will follow the presentations.  Those interested in a tour of the law school prior to the program should meet in JRCB 205 thirty minutes prior to the program at 6:30 p.m.


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

“[U]nless the guarantee of free exercise of religion gives a religious actor greater protection against government prohibitions than are already guaranteed to all actors by other provisions of the constitution (like freedom of speech), what is the special value of religious freedom? Surely the First Amendment guarantee of free exercise of religion was intended to grant more freedom to religious action than to other kinds of action. Treating actions based on religious belief the same as actions based on other systems of belief should not be enough to satisfy the special place of religion in the United States Constitution.”


Elder Dallin H. Oaks, Speech on Religious Freedom given at BYU-Idaho on October 13, 2009 (http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/article/apostle-says-religious-freedom-is-being-threatened


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