Updates and Inspiration--Volume 17: Issue 1



  • Governor Leavitt Speaking at JRCLS Fireside on January 15
  • Register Now: Annual JRCLS Conference in San Diego
  • Religious Liberty Student Writing Competition

Governor Leavitt Speaking at JRCLS Fireside on January 15

Don't miss the Annual JRCLS Fireside which will be held on Friday, January 15, 2016 in the LDS Conference Center in Salt Lake City, Utah at 6:00 p.m. MST (with satellite broadcasts at 6:00 and 7:30 p.m. MST).  Our speaker this year is Michael O. Leavitt, former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and three-term Governor of Utah.


Register Now: Annual JRCLS Conference in San Diego

Registration for the 2016 JRCLS Annual Conference in San Diego, California is open.  The early bird registration deadline is January 20.  Please visit the following link to register:
The conference will be held at the University of San Diego on February 11-13. Scheduled highlights include:
  • A keynote address by Elder L. Whitney Clayton of the Presidency of the Seventy
  • An evening of food and fun at the San Diego Air & Space Museum
  • A keynote address by renowned author and journalist Jeff Benedict
  • Plenary session topics ranging from religious liberty to in-house counsel to leadership
  • Tours of the the Mormon Battalion Historic Site
  • Reports from the Area Legal Counsel of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
We look forward to seeing you in sunny San Diego, where the average high temperature in mid-February is a delightful 65 degrees.

Religious Liberty Student Writing Competition

Attention students:  Cash prizes are available for students who submit papers to the Founding Fathers Writing Competition hosted by the DC chapter of the JRCLS and the International Center for Law and Religion Studies.  The first place prize is $4000, second place is $3000, first place is $2000 and there are four $1000 honorable mention awards.  The deadline is July 1, 2016.  Details are available at http://jrcls.org/site/files/2016WritingCompetitionFlier.pdf.


Inspirational Thought

"When the Lord commands that we love him with all our heart, might, mind and strength, he is not concerned so much with the intensity of our feelings as with the breadth and completeness of our commitment. For the committed Christian, every part of his or her being must become a living witness of love for Christ. Your life must become your ministry. Your roles as husband or wife, parent, friend, church worker, student, and lawyer must all become missions within that ministry, and your whole person, including your religion values, must become engaged, in every part of that ministry."

—Carl S. Hawkins, "Professional Service as a Christian Ministry," Life in the Law, 2004, 164


Please send announcements to announcements@jrcls.org.


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