JRCLS Happenings--Updates and Inspiration Volume 16: Issue 8



  • Asia Pacific JRCLS Conference 
  • Religious Freedom Conferences
  • Founding Fathers Religious Liberty Writing Competition
  • 2015 Education Week CLE Program
  • Annual Canada Area Conference

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. Register by May 31 for the Early Registration rate. 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, visit http://www.iclrs.org/ICLRS_Magna_Carta_Conference_at_Oxford/.


Founding Fathers Religious Liberty Writing Competition

The District of Columbia Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society and the International Center for Law and Religion Studies are now taking submissions for their Sixth Annual Founding Fathers Religious Liberty Writing Contest. The purpose of the contest is to promote legal and academic studies in the field of religious liberty by law students and students pursuing related graduate studies. Students may submit qualified entries through August 1, 2015. Cash prizes will be awarded for top entries. For more information, visit http://www.iclrs.org/index.php?pageId=1&contentId=1&blurbId=42634.  


2015 Education Week CLE Program

Registration for the Law Society's annual BYU Education Week Continuing Legal Education Program in Provo, Utah, is now open. In addition to Education Week tuition, attorneys seeking CLE credit are required to pay a $35 fee for the week (subject to change). Participants should check with their respective state bars for verification that the classes will be accepted for CLE credit. Class listings and schedules will be posted in late June. To register, go to https://cereg.byu.edu/o3/public/login. For general BYU Education Week information, go to https://ce.byu.edu/edweek/index.php


Annual Canada Area Conference

Save the date for the Annual Canada Area Conference, which will be held October 23–24, 2015 at Banff Springs, Alberta, Canada. Additional details forthcoming.


Inspirational Thought

"We join in that call for religious coalitions to protect religious freedom. In doing so we recall the wisdom of Benjamin Franklin. At another critical time in our nation's history, he declared: 'We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately'."

—Elder Dallin H. Oaks
(Preserving Religious Freedom, speech given at Chapman University School of Law on Feb. 4, 2011)


Challenge: Consider participating in the Lantos Foundation’s Solidarity Sabbath or supporting any other organization protecting the freedom of religion. For additional information, see http://solidaritysabbath.org/about/.

To learn more about religious liberty, see http://jrcls.org/religious_freedom/religion.php#you. If you would like to become more involved in religious freedom initiatives, please contact Eric Johnson of the JRCLS Religious Freedom Subcommittee at eric@bcjlaw.net.


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