Mar 2015 Newsletter



New Year Kicks off with Dr. Katrina Lantos Swett Fireside

The Annual Fireside of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society was held in the Little Theatre of the Conference Center on Friday January 23, 2015. Jeremiah Morgan, International Chair, welcomed 12,000 members in 200 chapters. He encouraged members to embrace the spirit of the “Build and Extend” membership drive. He reminded us of the similarities to the title of liberty: current world circumstances provide the opportunity to defend faith, family, and religious liberty by reaching out and gathering together. Following Jeremiah’s remarks, Chair-Elect Virginia Tate Isaacson offered the opening prayer. Students from BYU’s J. Reuben Clark Law School provided a musical selection, “The Lord is My Shepherd”. Read more. . .


Report of the 2015 JRCLS Annual Conference at Arizona State University

The 2015 JRCLS Annual Conference was held at Arizona State University on February 12-14 and was a huge success with over 550 attendees. This article will touch on some highlights of the Conference. The Conference began with presentations from the Service Committee (Jim Moss) and the Religious Freedom Section (Jeff Shields). Lew Cramer and Eileen Crane gave a presentation to students on networking skills. Read more. . .


Sheri L. Dew: Asking Questions and Wrestling for Answers

Sheri L. Dew. Chief Executive Officer of Deseret Book, gave quite a personal and compelling talk about the importance of asking questions about gospel issues. She also encouraged each Society member to be the kind of person whom others can go to with their questions. Read more. . .


Marianne Jennings: The Intersection of Law, Ethics, and Religion

Annual Conference participants were treated with a thought-provoking—and sometimes humorous—ethics lecture by Marianne M. Jennings, Professor Emeritus, Arizona State University School of Business. Jennings cited several examples of bad behavior by corporations, individuals, and educational institutions. Examples included but were not limited to a peanut company that knowingly sold peanuts tainted with salmonella resulting in the deaths of eight people, students who feigned illness the night before exams, New York City marathon runners who took the subway during the race, the Penn State Sandusky molestation scandal, and Lance Armstrong’s illicit use of steroids. Read more. . .


Fourth Annual Biblical and Ancient Law Section Meeting

The J. Reuben Clark Law Society’s Section of Biblical and Ancient Law held its fourth annual section meeting at the Annual Conference in Tempe, AZ. Despite being scheduled first thing in the morning after a night of big band dancing and Valentine’s Day celebrations, the Section was nevertheless able to get an enthusiastic turnout. Read more. . .


Tom Clancy, Cuba, and a Six-Step Process

At the Law Society's Annual Conference, Senator Flake gave a sneak peak of his recent escapades to Cuba and Von Keetch and Bill Atkin outlined an LDS Church-approved process for Law Society members to engage in religious liberty. In short, the conference gushed with religious freedom news. Read more. . .


First Women in the Law Service Award Presented to Nancy Van Slooten

During the J. Reuben Clark Law Society’s recent Annual Conference, the International Women in Law Committee (WIL) hosted a reception for all attendees. WIL was pleased to present its first annual WIL Service Award to Nancy Van Slooten for her many years of service to JRCLS, including previously serving as the first female International Chair of the JRCLS. Read more. . .


These are the People in Your JRCLS Neighborhood: Scott Paul, Conference & Events Chair

The JRCLS Newsletter is pleased to continue a series of articles dedicated to learning more about some of the international leadership positions in the J. Reuben Clark Law Society and the people who serve in those positions. Scott Paul is one of two leaders being highlighted in this issue. Read more. . .


Excited to be on Board: Welcome to the New Student Chapters Chair, Courtney Hagge

The JRCLS Newsletter is pleased to continue a series of articles dedicated to learning more about some of the international leadership positions in the J. Reuben Clark Law Society and the people who serve in those positions. Courtney Hagge is one of two leaders being highlighted in this issue. Read more. . .


Inspiration at Asia Pacific Conference Leads to Life-Changing Pro Bono Clinic in New Zealand

Saturday 7 June 2014, members of the Hamilton New Zealand Chapter attended the 2014 J. Reuben Clark Law Society Asia Pacific Conference in Auckland. International Chair Jeremiah Morgan addressed the delegates and invited us to use our professional skills for good and to find opportunities to actively serve others. Read more. . .

Religious Freedom Moot Court Competition

For the past eight years, the J. Reuben Clark Law Society at the George Washington University Law School has hosted the National Religious Freedom Moot Court competition. Founded by JRCLS and GW Law alums, Marc Bohn and Sheldon Gilbert, the competition has grown to be the largest external moot court competition at GW. Much of the success of the competition reflects its unique position as the first moot court competition to be dedicated to the issue of religious freedom. Read more. . .

Brazil Chapter in the News: Society of lawyers has been serving a community in Brazil

In the fall of 1988, at Brigham Young University, a group of lawyers representing various important regions of the United States formally organized the J. Reuben Clark Law Society, which is currently an international professional organization. Read more. . .