Updates and Inspiration -- Volume 17: Issue 18



  • An Invitation to Participate in Pro Bono Service
  • Don't Miss the JRCLS Conference in Banff, Canada 
  • Leveraging Your Legal Career Through a Recruiter
  • Accepting Entries for "Religious Liberty in 30 Seconds" Contest
  • Scholarship from the BYU Law Faculty

An Invitation to Participate in Pro Bono 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.


Don't Miss the JRCLS Conference in Banff, Canada

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 Justice Kenneth G. Nielsen, Court of Queen's Bench of Alberta.  CLE will be offered.  Conference details and registration information is available here


Leveraging Your Legal Career Through a Recruiter

The Washington DC chapter's 9th Annual Employment Seminar, which is open to members of all JRCLS chapters, will be held November 3, 2016 from 6:30 - 8:30 at Brigham Young University's Barlow Center (2520 L Street, NW, Washington DC) and will feature Jane Roberts, partner in the global legal search firm, Major Lindsey & Africa, and wife of John Roberts, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.  Ms. Roberts will discuss such topics as how to find and evaluate which legal recruiter is right for you, what makes a candidate attractive to and marketable by a legal recruiter, strategies for transitioning from a legal career in the public to private sector, strategies for finding and capturing opportunities from the law firm to the corporate counsel arena, how to find and evaluate lateral firm moves, how to avoid the pitfalls of working with a legal recruiter, and, finally, a question and answer session.  The event is free and includes dinner.  Because of room capacity, attendance is limited to the first 65 respondents.  For more information or to RSVP, please contact DC Chapter board member Kerry Harding at kbharding@gmail.com or call 202-255-3082. 


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 available here.  For more information about religious freedom visit the JRCLS www.freedom-of-religion.org website. 


Scholarship From the BYU Law Faculty 

New scholarship from the BYU Law faculty has been released by the Social Science Research Network.  The faculty's latest scholarly contributions can be viewed here.  


Inspirational Thought

"We more fully come to know the Lord as we serve Him and labor in His kingdom.  As we do so, He generously blesses us with heavenly help, spiritual gifts, and increased capacity."

—Elder David A. Bednar, "If Ye Had Known Me," October 2016 General Conference


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