JRCLS Happenings--Updates and Inspiration Volume 16: Issue 11



  • JRCLS Lawyers in Brazil Giving Pro Bono Service
  • 2015 Education Week CLE Program
  • Upcoming Women in Law Events
  • Save the Date: JRCLS 2015 Leadership Conference

JRCLS Lawyers in Brazil Giving Pro Bono Service

More than 55 lawyers associated with the J. Reuben Clark Law Society - Brazil Northeast Chapter, in partnership with the prosecutor, provided pro bono legal assistance to dozens of elderly in four Institutions of the city of Paulista, Pernambuco, near Recife (Brazil Northeast) on Saturday, June 27The project objective was to verify the conditions in which the elderly have been treated in nursing homes. Lawyers interviewed each one with attention and affection. "The simple fact of talking to these people, even if it is on legal issues, is an emotional help, because most of them feel lonely and missed their families," said Christiana Ramalho Cavalcante, Prosecutor and creator of the project. "The prosecution could never interview all these seniors because we are a small team to take care of the entire city. This morning an outstanding job for the welfare of the elderly was done in the region," said Christiana. Dr. Aroldo Barreto Cavalcante, President of JRCLS – Brazil Northeast Chapter, said that "the feeling of altruism and inner joy is enormous because we are serving defenseless people who need our help." Lawyers from Recife, Fortaleza and Maceió attended the pro bono project. Pro bono service is one of the commitments of the members of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society (JRCLS).


2015 Education Week CLE Program

Registration for the Law Society's annual BYU Education Week Continuing Legal Education Program is now open.  Classes will be offered from August 18–21, 2015.  While primarily designed for attorneys, any registered Education Week participant may attend.  For registration information and class schedules, visit https://ce.byu.edu/edweek/cle.php.  


Upcoming Women in Law Events

Women in Law Regional Conference: September 19
Mark your calendars for the Third Annual Women in Law Regional Conference, held Saturday, September 19, 2015 at Chapman University in Orange County, California. The Conference will feature presentations on various topics, with CLE credits available. For more information, visit http://jrclswomen.blogspot.com/2015/05/save-date-3rd-annual-women-in-law.html.

7th Annual Women in Law Prelaw Event: September 30
On September 30, 2015, the Women in Law Committee will be hosting the 7th Annual Prelaw event at Brigham Young University.  The theme for the event is "Women's Perspectives in the Law: Is Law School Right for Me?"  Justice Christine M. Durham of the Utah Supreme Court will be the keynote speaker, followed by a panel of female attorneys, including Elaine Young, shareholder at Kirton McConkie in Salt Lake City, and Susannah Thomas, an attorney at the United States Department of the Interior.  The speakers will begin at 7:00 p.m., and a tour of the BYU Law School will be offered at 6:15 p.m.  The WIL Committee encourages all to attend, particularly women who are considering attending law school.  Please contact Megan Needham at megan.m.needham@gmail.com with questions.


Save the Date: JRCLS 2015 Leadership Conference

The Annual 2015 JRCLS Leadership Conference will be held October 1-2, 2015 at the BYU Harmon Center and Aspen Grove.  For registration and further details, visit http://www.jrcls.org/?folder=conferences&page=leadership_conference.


Inspirational Thought

"The one thing that a lawyer (and any other human being) needs to do is continue to broaden his or her exposure to that which is delightful, good, and uplifting in this world, limiting, to the extent possible, the opposite. Perhaps you are acquainted with the statement, 'God will hold us responsible for all the lovely things we did not enjoy in this world.'"

—Marion D. Hanks, "Truth: A Shield to Memory", Life in the Law: Answering God's Interrogatories


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