Jul 2015 Newsletter

J. Reuben Clark Law Society July 2015 Newsletter

All JRCLS chapter chairs, the international board of directors and operations committee, international committee chairs and committee members, Clark Society Advisors, and others in leadership positions are encouraged to plan now to attend the annual JRCLS Leadership Conference on October 1-2, 2015. Meetings begin Thursday at noon on BYU campus and continue through Friday afternoon at Aspen Grove resort. Read more. . .

The annual Asia-Pacific Conference of the J Reuben Clark Law Society was held May 29-31 in Sydney this year and was hosted at The University of Notre Dame Australia's Sydney Law School. But there were a couple of headline pre-conference events. Read more. . .

At the Law Society’s annual fireside in January, the Franklin S. Richards award was given to the Salt Lake City Chapter in recognition of their outstanding example of pro bono service. Notably, the Chapter has been able to partner with several community organizations to increase Chapter members’ opportunities to use their legal skills for good. Read more. . .

Recently, an ordinary university classroom in Detroit, Michigan hosted a seemingly unlikely group. The group, which included a Catholic leader, a Muslim Imam, Latter-day Saints, and members of other denominations, came together despite varying backgrounds, faiths, and ideals. And what brought them together was the common cause of protecting religious freedom. Read more. . .

 

The JRCLS Media Committee is pleased to include an article interviewing Elizabeth and Gary Smith, one of two husband-wife attorney couples serving as Associate Area Legal Counsel (AALC) worldwide. Sister Smith is especially dear to the Media Committee, as she served as our Newsletter Editor before her current assignment as AALC. The Media Committee thanks both Elder and Sister Smith for their time and insight. Read more. . .

The mission of the Women in Law Committee in Salt Lake City is to affirm the strength and contributions that women lawyers bring to their legal practices, communities, and families. To fulfill this mission, WIL has held several events in 2014 and 2015 to connect women lawyers with each other, to facilitate thoughtful discussion, and to encourage women in their own career paths. Events have ranged both in format—from a single guest speaker to panel discussions—as well as topic. Read more. . .

“How often can one do something that they know is historical at the very moment in which it is being done? Not very often.” That was my line of reasoning to my husband last summer when I discovered that there would be a huge celebration at Runnymede in June 2015 to celebrate the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta. I soon learned that the ABA would be hosting a conference in London in honor of the anniversary.  Read more. . .

 

Over the past several months, Elders Christofferson, Cook and Oaks of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints’ international leadership, have traveled the world to speak on religious freedom.  The following are synopses of their remarks followed by links to their full addresses.  Read more. . .
 

Elder Christofferson recently counseled JRCLS members to “become informed about existing and potential threats to religious freedom.” (Spring 2015 Clark Memorandum) Elder Hales extended the invitation to all members of the LDS Church when he encouraged members to "become informed. Be aware of issues in your community that could have an impact on religious liberty." (Spring 2015 LDS General Conference) How can you quickly become educated about religious freedom? Read more. . .