Updates and Inspiration--Volume 17: Issue 13



  • Education Week Classes and Lunch
  • JRCLS Volunteers Needed for Mentoring
  • Women in Law Prelaw Event on September 28
  • Reminder for JRCLS Annual Leadership Conference
  • JRCLS Canadian Conference in October
  • New Religious Freedom Website
  • Welcome to New Student Chapter at Marquette

Education Week Classes and Lunch

Education Week has something for everyone this year!  20 hours of continuing legal education classes are sponsored by the Law Society (click here for schedule) and 18 hours of religious freedom classes are sponsored by LDS Public Affairs (click here for schedule).

All Education Week attendees are invited to a networking buffet lunch at BYU Law School on Thursday the 18th from noon to 1:30 p.m.  Come to the Student Commons (south end of main floor).  Click here to register for lunch.


JRCLS Volunteers Needed for Mentoring

Elder Kim B. Clark recently announced that the Church Educational System will expand access to educational opportunities through a Global Education Initiative.  As part of that initiative, LDS Business College's (LDSBC) Paralegal Studies Program will soon begin offering online courses.  Courses will cover basic law school curriculum with a skills-based, paralegal-centered focus. 

LDSBC is currently looking for LDS legal professionals to mentor students this fall in online law courses. Mentors will help students gain financial and spiritual self-reliance by developing practical skills and a stronger testimony of Jesus Christ. Specifically, mentors serve as resources to students in the Paralegal Studies Program who are taking Introduction to U.S. Law, Legal Research, Legal Writing, and other basic legal courses based on U.S. law.  Mentors designate how many students they would like to assist and commit to regularly meet with each student online for up to 30 minutes/week from September through December.  Mentors answer questions about designated legal topics, monitor progress, and share encouragement and testimony as appropriate.

If you are interested in volunteering, please take approximately five minutes to fill out this form.  Thank you for your willingness to serve.  If you have any questions, please e-mail wporter@ldsbc.edu.

Women in Law Prelaw Event on September 28

The Eighth Annual JRCLS Women in Law Prelaw Event will take place at the BYU Law School on Wednesday, September 28, 2016 from 6:30-8:30 pm.  Jane Mitchell, Co-Founder and CEO of the award winning Reset Foundation, will be the keynote speaker.  This year's event will also include a video presentation and networking event for prelaw students.  The Women in Law Committee is looking for volunteers to help with the event.  If you are a female attorney interested in submitting clips for the video presentation please contact Ann Metler (ametler@willamette.edu).  Attorneys interested in assisting with the speed networking event may register here.  Students wishing to RSVP for the event may register here.


Reminder for JRCLS Annual Leadership Conference

The JRCLS Leadership Conference will be held on September 29-30, 2016 at BYU and at Aspen Grove.  Highlights of the conference include leadership development and training, the annual sunrise hike to Stewart Falls, and keynote addresses by Elder Bruce A. Carlson, Emeritus General Authority of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and D. Gordon Smith, the newly announced Dean of the J. Reuben Clark Law School.

The Leadership Conference is for Attorney Chapter Chairs, Vice Chairs, and Women in Law representatives as well as Chapter Relations Council Members, Student Chapters Board members, International board and committee members and Clark Society Advisors.  We hope you will join us for this inspiring event.  If you have any questions, please contact Lorie Hobbs at lzh2@byulaw.net.


JRCLS Canadian Conference in October

The Canadian Chapters of the Law Society will hold their Annual Conference from October 28-29 at the Banff Springs Hotel in Banff, Canada, with Tad R. Callister as the keynote speaker.  Other speakers include Janet Epp Buckingham (Professor at Trinity Western University, Director of the Laurentian Leadership Centre), D. Gordon Smith (Dean of the BYU Law School), and the Honourable Mr. Justice Kenneth G. Nielsen, Court of Queen's Bench of Alberta.  CLE will be offered.  For conference details and registration information, click here


New Religious Freedom Website

In early July, the J. Reuben Clark Law Society Religious Freedom Committee launched a new beta website at freedom-of-religion.org which seeks to educate both lawyers and non-lawyers about the importance of religious freedom.  The website has numerous quotes from LDS Leaders, educational materials and practical suggestions about what you can do to sustain and defend religious freedom.  Please share this site with your friends and family.  Do you have suggestions to improve this site or would you like to help with it?  Email us at: info@freedom-of-religion.org.


Welcome to New Student Chapter at Marquette

A student chapter of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society was recently formed at Marquette University Law School.  The chapter will soon kick off the new school year, and is officially accepting new student members.  For more information contact jrcls.marquette@gmail.com.

Inspirational Thought

“Don’t you know that since the beginning of time, our Heavenly Father has reached out to those who were average and used them for His purposes? . . .  Gideon was a farmer, but God saw him as the man who would deliver Israel from bondage. . . . Even though Esther was an orphan and a captive in a strange land, she saved her people from execution. Even today the Jews celebrate the Feast of Purim to commemorate her courage. . . . Our Heavenly Father doesn’t need you to be mighty, intelligent, well dressed, well spoken, or well inherited. He needs you to incline your hearts to Him and seek to honor Him by serving Him and reaching out in compassion to those around you."


—Bishop Dean M. Davies,
God Will Use You (BYU Magazine: Spring 2016)


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