Updates and Inspiration--Volume 18: Issue 9



  • Upcoming Religious Freedom Events
  • Regional JRCLS Conferences This Summer
  • CLE Available at BYU Education Week
  • Save the Date for Leadership Conference
  • Writers (and Documents) Needed

Upcoming Religious Freedom Events

Religious Freedom Lecture in UK:  June 13
Judge Marta Cartabia, Vice President of the Italian Constitutional Court, will be speaking as an honored guest of the United Kingdom & Ireland Chapter of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society for the Chapter's third Annual Religious Freedom Lecture.  The title of Judge Cartabia's remarks will be, "The Many and the Few: The Case for Religious Accommodation."  The lecture will be held at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at the Brigham Young University London Centre, 27 Palace Court, London W2 4LP.  A reception will be held afterward.  For more information, contact Charlotte Steinfeld at charlottesteinfeld@gmail.com. 

Religious Freedom Annual Review:  July 6-7
The 2017 Religious Freedom Annual Review will be held July 6-7 at the BYU Conference Center.  Hosted by the International Center for Law and Religion Studies of BYU Law School, the Annual Review provides an up-to-date review for lawyers and nonlawyers on religious freedom challenges in the United States and around the world.  Twelve hours of Utah CLE Credit will be available for attendance at the event.  Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona will be a keynote speaker.  To learn more or to register for the event, go to religiousfreedom.byu.edu


Regional JRCLS Conferences This Summer

Brazil Conference
The Third Annual JRCLS Regional Conference in Brazil will be held 
July 20-22 in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil.  The three-day event will feature presentations on various legal topics, including religious freedom debates, and a pro bono legal project.  More details coming soon.

UK & Ireland Conference
The Second Annual Conference of the JRCLS UK & Ireland Chapter will be held 
August 11, 2017 at Downing College at the University of Cambridge.  Speakers will include Elder D. Todd Christofferson, Elder Lance B. Wickman, and others.  Additional information is available online

West Africa Conference
The Eighth Annual Regional Conference of the West Africa JRCLS will be held August 18 and 19 in Lagos, Nigeria.  Additional details are available here.


CLE Available at BYU Education Week

CLE will be offered at BYU Education Week, which will be held August 21-25, 2017 on BYU campus in Provo, Utah.  Law Society members who attend Education Week are invited to attend a reception and lunch at BYU Law School on August 24.  Additional details are available online.  


Save the Date for Leadership Conference

The Annual JRCLS Leadership Conference will be held September 28-29 in Aspen Grove, Provo, Utah.  Additional details forthcoming.


Writers (and Documents) Needed

Do you like to write?  We need your help!  We need to write the history of each of the JRCLS committees and a compilation history of the Law Society.  Please volunteer by emailing history@jrcls.org.  The History Subcomittee also is gathering historical documents of the Law Society from the past thirty years.  We have posted many of the Annual Conference, Leadership Conference, and Fireside programs on jrcls.org but are missing several.  If you have any programs that have not been posted or other documents of historical interest, please scan them and send them to history@jrcls.org.


Inspirational Thought

"Ultimately, lawyering is a delicate balancing between a constantly evolving world and the fundamental principles that define our legal system.  It calls upon your compassion as well as your intellect, your heart as well as your head. . . .  [C]aring is as much a part of the legal system as intelligence. . . .  [I]t is every lawyer's responsibility in every setting to serve others."    

—Kristin B. Gerdy, The Heart of Lawyering: Clients, Empathy, and Compassion
The Clark Memorandum (Fall 2009) (quoting Karen J. Mathis)


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