Nov 2014 Newsletter



Katrina Lantos Swett to be Featured Speaker at Annual Fireside

Dr. Katrina Lantos Swett will be the featured speaker at the J. Reuben Clark Law Society's Annual Fireside on Friday, 23 January 2015.

Dr. Swett established the Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice in 2008 and serves as its President and Chief Executive Officer. This human rights organization is proudly carrying on the unique legacy of the late Congressman Tom Lantos who, as the only survivor of the Holocaust ever elected to Congress, was one of our nation’s most eloquent and forceful leaders on behalf of human rights and justice. Read more. . .


2014-2015 JRCLS Membership Drive

The J. Reuben Clark Law Society urges you—as an individual or a leader in the Law Society—to help in our membership drive. We number more than 12,000 in membership, but there is much opportunity to grow dramatically. Our Law Society Chair, Jeremiah Morgan, invited members and leaders at the Fall Leadership Conference to diligently pursue a 10% increase in chapter membership in 10 weeks beginning 5 January 2015. Realistically, if individual JRCLS members each reached out to 2 or 3 attorneys, the goal could easily be accomplished. Read more. . .


Annual Leadership Conference Inspires to "Build and Extend"

The J. Reuben Clark Law Society Leadership Conference was held at Brigham Young University and Aspen Grove 2-3 October 2014. The sessions focused on the theme, "Build and Extend." The conference began with tours of the BYU Broadcasting Building and the newly renovated Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum. Read more. . .


Chief Justice Durrant's Keynote Speech—Our Role as Peacemakers

Chief Justice Mathew Durrant delivered the Keynote Address on Friday morning at the J. Reuben Clark Law Society Leadership Conference. Like his father, George Durrant, who spoke Thursday night, Justice Durrant had the crowd in stitches at the beginning of his talk, then presented thoughtful remarks about the importance of lawyers as peacemakers: although lawyers are often stereotyped as earning their living by fanning the flames of disputes, Durrant argued that the best lawyers seek opportunities for resolution. Read more. . .


New Women in the Law Chair Inspires with Top Ten Ways to Build Women in the Law

During the plenary session on Friday morning at the Leadership Conference, WIL Committee Chair Karen Clemes shared the Top Ten Ways to Build Women in the Law. Read more. . .


Chapters around the World Earn Outstanding, Quality Chapter Awards

Each year at the Leadership Conference, the Chapter Relations Council recognizes local chapters that have met the requirements to be an outstanding or quality chapter. There is no limit to how many chapters can receive each type of award, and all chapters are encouraged to meet the requirements for becoming an outstanding chapter. Outstanding and quality chapter designation is valid for one year and must be earned on an annual basis. Read more. . .


Religious Freedom is Good for Business

Attendees of the JRCLS Leadership Conference were treated with a speech by Brian Grim, Founder and President of the Religious Freedom & Business Foundation. Prior to his work with the foundation, Grim worked at Pew Research Center. He is viewed as a world leader regarding religious freedom issues. Read more. . .


Historic Attendance at Third Annual Canadian Conference

Once again, those who attended the 2014 J. Reuben Clark Law Society Canadian Conference were treated to a wonderful and thought-provoking event. The Conference was held at the Banff Springs Hotel in the majestic Canadian Rocky Mountains took place from Friday 17 October 2014 to Saturday 18 October 2014. The Conference was well attended, with total registration nearly doubling that of prior conferences. Read more. . .


Brazil Northeast Annual Chapter Dinner: Another Outstanding Success

More than sixty chapter members, spouses, and special guests gathered in Recife for the Brazil Northeast Chapter’s annual dinner on 29 August 2014. All in attendance enjoyed the opportunity to network, the spirit of fellowship, and the uplifting comments by two speakers.

Aroldo Cavalcante, Brazil Northeast Chapter Chair, reported on the pro bono efforts of thirty-two lawyers who served eighty elderly residents of Paulista’s City on 31 May 2014. Because of the chapter’s service, the government became aware that these elderly were victims of criminal conduct. Cavalcante shared a letter of appreciation from Dr. Arroxelas of the Pernambuco Prosecutor General’s Office with the chapter. Read more. . .


Profiles in Service

This installment highlights the LDS Church’s Area Legal Counsels (“ALCs”) and their families who accept international assignments to provide legal support for the Church in locations all over the world. Thank you for your willingness and dedication to service. The following ALCs are currently serving: Read more. . .