Updates and Inspiration--Volume 17: Issue 15



  • Reminder for Women in Law Prelaw Event
  • Registration Open for Annual Leadership Conference
  • Now Accepting Entries for Religious Liberty in 30 Seconds Contest
  • Participate in JRCLS Worldwide Week of Service
  • Annual JRCLS Canadian Conference 

Reminder for Women in Law Prelaw Event

The Women in Law Committee will hold their annual event on Wednesday, September 28, 2016.  This year's keynote speaker will be Jane Mitchell, Co-founder and CEO of The Reset Foundation.  Ms. Mitchell has been awarded the Westly Prize for young innovators in California, and with her Reset partner, Jen Anderson, has been named on Forbes' list of 30 Under 30 Social Entrepreneurs and as an Open Society Black Male Achievement Fellow.  The Reset Foundation has received numerous awards and grants, including a $500,000 grant from the Google Impact Challenge in 2015.  Ms. Mitchell's remarks, entitled "Unlocking Potential: How a Law Degree Amplifies Your Ability to Bless the World," will begin at 6:30 p.m. in Room 303 of the BYU Law School. We invite all attorneys, current law students, and prelaw students, male and female, to attend the keynote speaker session.  Subsequent to Ms. Mitchell's remarks, prelaw and current law students and female attorneys are invited to participate in a speed networking session.  An RSVP is requested for all who wish to participate in the speed networking.  Attorneys may register​ ​here, and students may register here.  Anyone interested in taking a tour of the BYU Law School can meet in front of Room 303 at 5:45 p.m., before the speaker session.


Registration Open for 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 new 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.  Click here for more information and to register.  If you have any questions, please contact Lorie Hobbs at lzh2@byulaw.net.


Now Accepting Entries for Religious Liberty in 30 Seconds Contest 

Do you wonder how you can help promote and defend religious freedom?  Here's an easy way: Participate in the J. Reuben Clark Law Society Religious Freedom Committee's Religious Liberty in 30 Seconds contest.  This contest is for anyone who has a short message about religious liberty.  More importantly, by participating, you will help build a library of brief but powerful messages promoting religious freedom which will be shared with others.  The contest runs between now and November 30.  Small cash prizes will be awarded to winners.  Full rules and contest information is available here, and a short video about the contest is avialable here.  For more information about religious freedom visit the JRCLS www.freedom-of-religion.org website.  


Participate in JRCLS Worldwide Week of Service

During the week of October 23-29, in connection with the ABA’s Pro Bono Celebration, the JRCLS challenges each chapter to participate in some form of service.  JRCLS chapters across the world vary in size, language and resources, but share a commitment to serving those who are strangers or are otherwise in need.  Suggestions for finding a service opportunity in your area are available here, including service organizations your chapter can partner with or support  (see, e.g.http://apps.americanbar.org/legalservices/findlegalhelp/home.cfm and http://www.lsc.gov/grants-grantee-resources/our-grantees).  Inspiring examples of service from JRCLS chapters can be found here, including: 

  • University of Missouri Student chapter partnered with a nearby service organization, the Samaritan Center, assisting the Center with client intake and assessment despite being several miles from the Clinic

  • Seattle chapter conducted traveling weekend pro bono clinics at various locations within their Chapter

  • Brazil Northwest chapter assisted government agency protecting the elderly from neglect and abuse

  • Orange County and Cleveland chapter members provided service to Boy Scouts of America, local civic groups

If you’re aware of service performed by members of your chapter, or have questions about planning or finding a project in your area, please contact Jim Moss at jrm@paynefears.com or Richard Sheffield at RSheffield@fslaw.com.


Annual JRCLS Canadian Conference

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


Inspirational Thought

"Brothers and sisters, you have joined a profession of warriors, and you serve under the banner of hope: hope that the rule of law will be stronger than individual selfishness, hope that justice may roll forth, and hope that truth is mighty and will prevail. You have prepared yourself with your education, with your skills, by observing respected mentors in your field, by gaining knowledge, and by seeking wisdom. You will have to walk through some very dark places and see into still darker places. Please remember that you have the power to bring light into those dark places. You must not let the darkness overwhelm you."

—Chieko N. Okazaki, Peacemaking: Our Essential Work in the Last Days,
Clark Memorandum (Fall 2007)


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