Dec 2010 Newsletter



Religious Liberty Award Presented to Senator Joseph Lieberman

Declaring he stands with the LDS community against religious discrimination, Sen. Joseph Lieberman (DI-Conn.), accepted the International Religious Liberty Award of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society and the International Center for Law and Religion Studies on Oct. 7 in Washington D.C. The award recognizes outstanding contributions of those who work to protect and promote religious liberty. Read more. . .



Law and Religion Symposium Features Dr. Tahir Mahmood and Judge Thomas B. Griffith

Dr. Tahir Mahmood, a renowned jurist and scholar from India, received the Distinguished Service Award at the opening session of the International Law and Religion Symposium on Sunday, October 3, 2010 at the J. Reuben Clark Law School. Read more. . .



International Religion and Law Symposium Delegates Hope to Effect Change

At the close of the International Law and Religion Symposium, Professor W. Cole Durham, Jr., who is also the director of the Symposium's sponsoring organization, urged those in attendance to take what they had learned during the conference and apply it in their respective nations. Read more. . .



Women in the Law Blog

Check out the new Women in the Law blog for the latest news about JRCLS women around the world. In addition to news items, slated discussion topics include Law for the Non-Practitioner; Women Lawyers at Church; To Golf or Not To Golf; Making the Connection: Law Students and Lawyers; How LDS Doctrine Aids and Abets Lawyering; and others. Men also welcome. Visit the blog



Mike Lee Becomes Youngest Elected Member in U.S. Senate

A '97 BYU Law School graduate, Senator-elect Mike Lee, R-Utah, became on November 2, 2010 the youngest member of the U.S. Senate and Utah's first new Senator in 18 years. After graduating from law school, Senator-elect Lee served as a law clerk to Judge Dee Benson of the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah. He then clerked for Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr., who was serving at that time as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit Court in Newark, New Jersey. Read more. . .



JRCLS Members Appointed to Serve as Judges in Colorado and Utah

Two members of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society were recently appointed to judicial positions in Colorado and Utah. Todd Jay Plewe was appointed to the 22nd Judicial District court of general jurisdiction in Colorado, and Charlene Barlow was recently appointed to Utah's 3rd Judicial District Court in Utah.
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Register for the Upcoming Annual Conference

The 6th Annual Conference of the J Reuben Clark Law Society will be held at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas from February 17-19, 2011. For more information or to register,
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Newsletter Trivia!

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Which President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints issued the following statement about environmental responsibility? (Hint . . . answers to all Trivia questions can be found on the JRCLS website.)

"Man in his wanton disregard of his sacred duty has been reckless of life. He has destroyed it with an indifference to the evil results it would entail upon the earth.... The unnecessary destruction of life begets a spirit of destruction which grows within the soul..., [and] is a distinct spiritual loss to the human family. Men cannot worship the Creator and look with careless indifference upon his creations. . .--[H]e who treats in a brutal manner a poor, dumb animal at that moment disqualifies himself for the companionship of the Holy Ghost; for the Lord will not sanction an unrighteous act, and it is an unrighteous thing to treat any creature cruelly."

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