Updates and Inspiration--Volume 17: Issue 2



  • Don't Forget to Register for Annual JRCLS Conference in San Diego
  • Judge J. Clifford Wallace Presenting at UC Berkeley on January 26
  • Video Recording of Annual Fireside Available Online
  • Religious Liberty Student Writing Competition

Don't Forget to Register for Annual JRCLS Conference in San Diego

Registration for the 2016 JRCLS Annual Conference in San Diego, California is open.  Early bird registration for attorneys has been extended to January 27th, so register today:
The conference will be held at the University of San Diego on February 11-13. Scheduled highlights include:
  • Addresses by Elder L. Whitney Clayton of the Presidency of the Seventy, Dr. Susan R. Madsen, Jeff Benedict, and many others
  • An evening of food and fun at the San Diego Air & Space Museum
  • Plenary session topics ranging from religious liberty to leadership and other topics
  • 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.

Judge J. Clifford Wallace Presenting at UC Berkeley on January 26

Judge J. Clifford Wallace of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit--who recently received the Law Society's Franklin S. Richards Public Service Award--will be speaking at the UC Berkeley School of Law on Tuesday, January 26.  His address will be the inaugural lecture of UC Berkeley's J. Clifford Wallace Annual Lecture Series.  The program will also feature a panel entitled, "Religious Minorities: The Importance of Religious Freedom and Strong Judicial Administration."  For more information and to RSVP, visit: https://www.law.berkeley.edu/events-calendar/judge-john-clifford-wallace-lecture-series/.

Video Recording of Annual Fireside Available Online

The video recording of the Annual JRCLS Fireside is now available to view online: http://www.jrcls.org/firesides/archive.php.  The Fireside was held January 15, 2016 at the LDS Conference Center in Salt Lake City Utah, with a keynote address by Former Governor Michael Leavitt.    


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, third 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

"We should also remember that God’s mercy involves more than helping us avoid the suffering imposed by justice. It also extends to us the opportunity to become like the Savior. The conditions Christ sets for receiving the blessings of His Atonement do not simply involve our repaying a debt for our sins; they involve our doing the very things that will make us like Him. That is what He asks in exchange for His mercy— that we become glorious. His objective is not to save us from the pain of justice but to exalt us. Owls invited to the gaze of eagles."

—Judge David G. Campbell, On Justice, Mercy, and the Atonement: A Judge's Perspective
(Clark Memorandum, Fall 2015) 


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