May 2016 Newsletter

J. Reuben Clark Law Society May 2016 Newsletter



Implicit Bias, Mentoring, Joyful Lawyering: A Snapshot of the April 2016 WIL Conference

What do implicit bias, mentoring, and joyful lawyering all have in common? These were several session topics at the recent Women in Law Regional Conference held on Saturday, April 30, 2016 at Utah Valley University. With 87 registrants representing seasoned practicing attorneys, new attorneys, current law students, non-practicing attorneys, and several male supporters, the conference was an enormous success. Read more. . .


Three Attorneys Make A Difference and So Can You! Notes from the Twelfth Annual Orange County Religion & The Law Symposium, March 2016

The Twelfth Annual Orange County Religion & The Law Symposium was held on March 25, 2016 to a packed gathering at the Chapman University Dale E. Fowler Law School in Orange, California. Entitled "Three Attorneys Making A Difference," attendees first watched a video featuring Deano C. Ware, an attorney from Richmond, Michigan who was thrust into the limelight when asked to defend the Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church and School against a suit brought by a former teacher and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, alleging unlawful dismissal under the Federal Americans with Disabilities Act. Ultimately, the United States Supreme Court unanimously upheld the right of religious organizations to choose their own ministers and declared that "The church must be free to choose those who will guide it on its way." Read more. . .


Serving in the Isles of the Sea: An Interview with Area Legal Counsel Arthur Edgson

This is the seventh in a series of authorized interviews with the thirteen LDS Church Area Legal Counsel around the world. Arthur L. Edgson currently serves as Area Legal Counsel for the Pacific Area. The Media Committee thanks Brother Edgson for sharing his time and insight. Read more. . .


Lemonade 101: Angelina Tsu's Thoughts on Making the Most of Implicit Bias

Tsu related two personal experiences, one dealing with an attorney via a series of emails who was very critical of her, and the second with a group of related professionals that expressed frustration with her in her role as Utah Bar Association president. A close male colleague with the Utah Bar Association acknowledged that she would not have experienced the criticism from either situation but for her gender. Read more. . .


Chapter Relations Council: A Look at the Scaffolding that Supports Law Society Chapters Around the World

The workings of the Law Society chapters around the world is the accumulation of thousands of hours of organizing and managing by members of local chapter boards and dedicated Vice-Chairs and Area Directors. Read more. . .


Make Rain While the Sun Shines: Sara Dansie Jones' Points on Leveraging the Power of Networks in Your Career

From Korean orphanage to law school, first woman to make partner in her firm while having children, to current President of INFINIDI, Dansie Jones' life (and career path) has been quite remarkable. When she first started out as an attorney she realized that she was responsible for building her network. Over time, she conceptualized networking activities and conversations into "building an opportunity." Read more. . .


Sharing Religious Liberty in 30 Seconds

Let's face it. Religious liberty is a topic that is very important to many of us. But we also feel that we don't have the time, expertise or capacity to make a difference. Don't fall into that thinking trap! The outcome of this contest of ideas will not be determined in some courtroom or even a legislative hall. Rather, it will ultimately be determined in the minds and hearts of the people. And how are people persuaded today? By short, powerful messages. Read more. . .


Yes, There Really are Mormon Studies Programs Outside of Utah: A Peek Inside the Program at Claremont Graduate University

It's hard to believe, but it's true: There really are Mormon Studies programs at universities outside of Utah. The first such program—at California's Claremont Graduate University (CGU)—is centered on training graduate students to become Mormon Studies scholars. Read more. . .

Mexico Celebrates Opening of Fifth Law Society Chapter

Close to Guatemala, the southern Mexican state of Chiapas features mountainous highlands, dense rainforest, with Mayan archaeological sites and Spanish colonial towns. Chiapas is home to over 3 million Mexicans. And as of this month, it is also home to a newly formed Law Society Chapter. Read more. . .

Profiles in Service

Since our last newsletter, several Law Society members have accepted significant church callings. Thank you for your willingness to serve! Read more. . .