Updates and Inspiration--Volume 18: Issue 10



  • Religious Freedom Annual Review - This Week
  • Upcoming Conferences in Brazil, UK, and Nigeria
  • CLE at BYU Education Week
  • Annual Leadership Conference on September 28-29
  • Help Needed on History Subcomittee

Religious Freedom Annual Review - This Week

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.


Upcoming Conferences in Brazil, UK, and Nigeria

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.  

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 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.  


Annual Leadership Conference on September 28-29

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


Help Needed on History Subcommittee

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

"The Founders thought and spoke often about the character of a free people.  Even as they established brilliant constitutional mechanisms of counterpoise that would productively channel the inevitably self-interested ways of virtually all human beings, they knew and taught us that law and structure alone could not save us.  The life of a free people requires and only flourishes with an extraordinary amount of individual goodness, decency, and initiative.  The Founders recognized that the single best source for fostering such a morality of freedom was found in the broadly Judeo-Christian traditions of their day.  In his justly famous farewell address, George Washington declared: 'Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable. . . . And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion.  Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.'"


—Matthew S. Holland, Religious Liberty Versus Secularity: Is the American Founding Still Useful?,
Clark Memorandum (Spring 2017)


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