JRCLS Happenings--Updates and Inspiration Volume 16: Issue 6



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

Build and Extend Membership Drive: Results

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.  Through this effort, 520 members joined the Law Society during this 10-week period, increasing total Law Society membership by almost 4%.  To put this in perspective, the Membership Drive has so far resulted in an increase in the membership of the Law Society equal to the attendance of a JRCLS annual conference.  The increase is also equal to the size of two large wards.  It was a great success to see the surge in membership over the past several months, and we look forward to more.

Law Society leaders encourage you to continue 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.)   Through these ongoing efforts, we look forward to introducing many more attorneys and law students to the mission of the Law Society and to the blessings and fellowship asssociated with membership.


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 on 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.

The Central Idaho Twin Falls Chapter is hosting a Religious Freedom Weekend Workshop and Brunch in Idaho Falls on Saturday, April 25 in Idaho Falls, from 8:30 a.m. to noon.  For more information and to RSVP (by April 20), contact jts@moffatt.com.


Inspirational Thought

Even as we seek to be meek and to avoid contention, we must not compromise or dilute our commitment to the truths we understand.  We must not surrender our positions or our values.  The gospel of Jesus Christ and the covenants we have made inevitably cast us as combatants in the eternal contest between truth and error.  There is no middle ground in that contest.

—Dallin H. Oaks, "Loving Others and Living with Differences," October 2014 General Conference


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