JRCLS Happenings--Updates and Inspiration Volume 16: Issue 5



  • Build and Extend Membership Drive Continues
  • Rex Lee and Shawn Bentley Awards Lunch
  • Asia Pacific JRCLS Conference
  • Religious Freedom Conferences

Build and Extend Membership Drive Continues

Beginning in late January, the Law Society commenced its historic Build and Extend membership campaign, with the goal of growing the Law Society by 10% within the 10-week period ending April 3, 2015. In the process of this effort, we likewise hope to introduce many more attorneys and law students to the mission of the Law Society, and the blessings and fellowship associated with membership.

All over the world, chapter leaders are working to implement the Build and Extend campaign at the local level--strengthening chapter bases and expanding our reach one community at a time.  With just a few short weeks left in this campaign, Law Society leaders invite you to participate in the Build and Extend campaign by inviting other LDS (and other like minded) attorneys and law students to sign up at JRCLS.org (see the "Join Now" link on the upper right hand corner of the home page).

We encourage you to take a minute--right now--to think of a friend who would benefit from Law Society membership and to extend that invitation today!  Thank you for your support.


Rex Lee and Shawn Bentley Awards Lunch

The JRCLS Mid-Atlantic DC Chapter will host its annual Rex Lee Advocacy Award and Shawn Bentley Award Lunch on April 16, 2015 at 12:00 p.m. at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington D.C.  This year the keynote address will feature a conversation between Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, former associate justice of the Supreme Court, and Judge Thomas B. Griffith of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.  For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.


Asia Pacific JRCLS Conference

The 2015 Asia Pacific JRCLS Conference, "The Law as a Bridge to Liberty,"  will be held on May 29-31 at University of Notre Dame in Sydney, Australia.  The Conference will feature two pre-conference addresses by Elder Quentin L. Cook on Wednesday, May 27 and Thursday, May 28.  For more information, contact Keith Thompson (akeiththompson@gmail.com) or David Meredith (dmeredith@meredithsaayman.com.au).    


Religious Freedom Conferences

The BYU International Center for Law and Religion Studies (ICLRS) is hosting its yearly Religious Freedom Annual Review at the BYU Conference Center in Provo, UT July 6-8, 2015.  For more information, please visit http://religiousfreedom.byu.edu.  ICLRS is also co-hosting a conference at Oxford in the United Kingdom June 21-24, 2015.  The conference will commemorate the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta.  For more information, contact wrightde@law.byu.edu or call (801) 422-6842.


Inspirational Thought

"In the coming years, interreligious coalitions formed to defend the rights of conscience for individuals and for religious institutions should become a vital bulwark against the tide of forces at work in our government and society to reduce religion to a purely private reality."

—Cardinal Francis George, "Catholics and Latter-day Saints: Partners in the Defense of Religious Freedom," Brigham Young University (Feb. 23, 2010).

Consider participating in interfaith groups, such as this one in Salt Lake City: http://www.interfaithroundtable.org/.  To learn more about religious liberty, see http://jrcls.org/religious_freedom/religion.php#you


Please send announcements to announcements@jrcls.org.


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