May 2015 Newsletter

 

With the original rough­-hewn stones as a floor, the Historic Liberty Jail stands as a reminder of the harsh realities of pioneer justice and religious intolerance. But that is hardly its most important feature or the enduring lessons it provides. What we really learn from the Historic Liberty Jail is leadership. Not just ordinary leadership, but extraordinary leadership. Read more. . .

I first met Michael Newton in the Young Women’s room of the LDS chapel in New Canaan, Connecticut. He and his wife Sarah drove up from Westchester, New York, braving the perennial construction on Merritt Parkway, to watch the 2014 J. Reuben Clark Law Society Annual Fireside with a small number of Connecticut attorneys. Though he was at the very beginning of his career, Mr. Newton stood out with the polish of a seasoned attorney. Read more. . .

As a visitor to Charlotte, North Carolina quickly discovers after arriving, residents here are proud of their city and region’s achievements, including its ranking among the fastest­-growing cities as the second largest banking center within the U.S. and as the home to numerous Fortune 500 companies. Residents now have an additional accomplishment to share: the founding of a new chapter of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society. Read more. . .

On April 16, 2015, the D.C. Mid­Atlantic Chapter of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society held its annual Rex E. Lee Advocacy Award and Shawn Bentley Public Service Award Luncheon. Stacy Cheney, the chair of the D.C. Mid­Atlantic Chapter of the Law Society, organized the event with his chapter committee. The forum was the beautiful Mayflower Hotel in Washington D.C. The Shawn Bentley award is a stipend given to several students who have demonstrated a willingness to explore a public service opportunity in the legal profession in Washington D.C. Read more. . .

The Eleventh Annual Orange County Religion & the Law Symposium was held at Chapman University, Dale E. Fowler School of Law in Orange, California, on March 26, 2015. The featured speaker was Hannah C. Smith, Senior Counsel at The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, who spoke on the subject of “More Than a Hobby: Defending Religious Liberty at the U.S. Supreme Court in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby.” Read more. . .

This is the fourth in a series of authorized interviews with the fourteen LDS Church Area Legal Counsel (“ALC”) around the world Our thanks to Brent J. Belnap, Area Legal Counsel in the Europe East Area, for sharing his time and insights. Read more. . .

On Friday, March 6, 2015, law students, faculty, and members of the public met in Austin Hall West on Harvard Campus for the annual “Mormonism 101” lecture. Elder D. Todd Christofferson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter­Day Saints’ leadership was the featured speaker. Approximately 100 LDS students and forty to fifty students from other denominations attended the event. Read more. . .

Karen M. Clemes, the JRCLS Women in the Law Chair, was recently appointed as Utah Valley University’s first ever General Counsel. Karen brings a wealth of legal experience to her new position: She was previously Associate General Counsel for ancestry.com, Of Counsel with Ballard Spahr LLP, Director of the Human Resources Legal Division and Chief Standards Officer for the LDS Church, as well as an associate and partner at the California law firm Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps LLP. Congratulations Karen! Read more. . .