Apr 2016 Newsletter

J. Reuben Clark Law Society April 2016 Newsletter



Report on the JRCLS 2016 Annual Conference in San Diego, February 11-13

During President’s Day weekend, over 400 participants at the Law Society’s Annual Conference were treated to uplifting and educational messages while basking in the beautiful San Diego sun. Read more. . .


Religious Freedom at the Supreme Court and Where I Live

Religious Freedom was a recurring theme at the JRCLS 2016 Annual Conference. Lecturers taught attendees about religious freedom case law at the U.S. Supreme Court, offered suggestions about how participants could promote religious freedom in their own communities, and explained why religious freedom is important. Read more. . .


Thoughts from Lt. Col. Sherman Fleek on the Mormon Battalion and J. Reuben Clark

Two compelling historical lectures were provided to conference attendees by Lt. Col. Sherman Fleek (Ret.), who is the Command Historian at the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York. One was on the legacy of the Mormon Battalion and the other was about the life and beliefs of J. Reuben Clark. Read more. . .


Hunger in Mexico, But not for Food

The J. Reuben Clark Law Society continues to grow in Mexico at a remarkable pace. On February 5, 2016, a new JRCLS Chapter was established in Monterrey, bringing the total number of chapters in Mexico to four. The creation of the Monterrey Chapter reflects the inspiration and enthusiasm that is rapidly spreading the Law Society’s influence across Mexico. Read more. . .


The Confidence Gap and Leadership

Confidence—we need it! This was the message that came across loud and clear from Dr. Susan Madsen at the JRCLS Annual Conference on February 12, 2016. In an engaging and important presentation, Dr. Madsen, who is the Orin R. Woodbury Professor of Leadership and Ethics at Utah Valley University’s Woodbury School of Business, taught attendees how women in leadership strengthen the business climate, why women sometimes struggle to find the confidence to step up to leadership, and what we can do to encourage more women leaders. Read more. . .


Learning from the Ancient: How the Bible and Early Governments Affect Modern-Day Law

John W. Welch, Professor, J. Reuben Clark Law School, and Clifford B. Parkinson, Attorney at Lear & Lear LLP, explained that many of the United States’ Bill of Rights have their origin from the Bible. The Six Amendment right to confront your accuser is similar to Roman law utilized during the trial of Paul in Acts. The Fifth amendment right against self-incrimination was adopted from British law, which interpreted the Biblical injunction not to “forswear thyself” as a right to not self-incriminate. Read more. . .


Impairment at Work: Is My Coworker Really Crazy???

The Competence Issues CLE (formerly known as Prevention, Detection and Treatment of Substance Abuse or Mental Illness) is always a challenging, and sometimes less-than-exciting CLE credit to obtain. Fortunately, for attendees at that 2016 JRCLS Annual Conference, Margaret Oak, Principle of The Mission Oak Group, gave a fascinating, practical and lively presentation to a packed audience entitled "Impairment at Work: Is My Coworker Really Crazy???" Read more. . .


These are the People in Your JRCLS Neighborhood: A Conversation with Media Committee Chair Gordon Foote

The JRCLS Newsletter is pleased to continue a series of articles dedicated to learning more about some of the international leadership positions in the J. Reuben Clark Law Society and the people who serve in those positions. Read more. . .