Updates and Inspiration--Volume 17: Issue 5



  • Winners Announced for 30 Seconds Contest
  • Student Chapters Board Nominations Now Open
  • JRCLS Worldwide Week of Service
  • Upcoming Religious Freedom Conferences 
  • Annual Women in Law Conference on April 30

Winners Announced for 30 Seconds Contest

The Religious Freedom Committee’s recent Religious Liberty in 30 Seconds Contest was a success.  The 30 Seconds Contest was designed to generate thoughtful and clever entries which catch attention and teach important messages about religious liberty.  Over 150 entries were submitted in four contest categories: (1) sound bites/slogans; (2) short paragraphs; (3) audio/video and (4) visual (photo/logo/drawing).  To see the winners and honorable mentions, visit: http://www.jrcls.org/?folder=religious_freedom&page=30secondswinners.  You can also see other submissions at http://www.jrcls.org/?folder=religious_freedom&page=other_submissions.


Student Chapters Board Nominations Now Open

The Law Society is now filling SCB positions for the next term.  All 1Ls and 2Ls are invited to apply.  We are accepting applications through Thursday, March 31.  The nomination form can be found at: http://www.jrcls.org/?folder=resources&page=forms.


JRCLS Worldwide Week of Service

During October 23-29, 2016, the American Bar Association's Celebration of Pro Bono week, the J. Reuben Clark Law Society challenges each chapter to plan or be involved in some form of service, and to report their service project in order to inspire and share ideas with other chapters.  For more information, see: http://www.jrcls.org/news/item.php?id=146.


Upcoming Religious Freedom Conferences

March 12 in Denver.  The Freedom of Religion Symposium will be held at the University of Denver Law School in Denver, Colorado on Saturday, March 12.  For more information, contact stcollis@hollandandhart.com.

March 18 in Boise.  A Freedom of Religion Conference will be held at Concordia Law School in Boise, Idaho on Friday, March 18.  For more information, contact Russ Spencer at russell.j.spencer@gmail.com

March 25 in Orange County.  The 12th Annual Religion & the Law Symposium will be held at Chapman University Law School in Orange County, California on Friday, March 25.  For more information, visit http://jrcls-oc.com/religionandthelawsymposium.php.     

March 26 in San Francisco Bay Area.  A Religious Freedom Conference will be held at the University of Santa Clara Law School in Santa Clara, California on Saturday, March 26.  For more information, contact Jeff Adams at jadams@littler.com.

March 25-26 in Southern California (Mormon Studies Conference).  The 2016 Mormon Studies conference, "Religious Liberty in the 21st Century, will be held March 25-26 at Claremont University, featuring addresses by Elder Dallin H. Oaks and others.  The conference is sponsored by the Howard W. Hunter Foundation and Crockett & Associates.  Visit 
http://claremontmormonstudies.org/event/2016-mormon-studies-religious-freedom-conference/ for more information.      


Annual Women in Law Conference on April 30

The 4th Annual JRCLS Women in Law Conference will be held on Saturday, April 30, 2016 at Utah Valley University in Orem, Utah.  This year's theme will be "Women, Law, and Leadership."  Stay tuned for more detailed announcements on topics, speakers and panelists.  CLE available for a minimal fee.  Contact joni.jamison@gmail.com for more information.


Inspirational Thought

"As we trust in the Lord, exercise our faith, obey His commandments, and follow the course He has charted for us, we become more the person the Lord wants us to become. It is this “becoming”—this conversion of the heart—that is all-important. As Elder Dallin H. Oaks has taught us: “It is not enough for anyone just to go through the motions. The commandments, ordinances, and covenants of the gospel are not a list of deposits required to be made in some heavenly account. The gospel of Jesus Christ is a plan that shows us how to become what our Heavenly Father desires us to become.” True obedience, therefore, is giving ourselves entirely to Him and allowing Him to chart our course both in calm waters and in troubled ones, understanding that He can make more of us than we could ever make of ourselves."

—Elder Von G. Keetch, Blessed and Happy are Those Who Keep the Commandments of God,
(LDS General Conference: Oct. 2015)


Please send announcements to megan.jayne.nelson@gmail.com.


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