Updates and Inspiration--Volume 18: Issue 11



  • Upcoming Regional Conferences
  • CLE, Lunch, and More at BYU Education Week
  • Annual Founders Day Celebration
  • JRCLS Women in Law Prelaw Event at BYU Law
  • Registration Open for Leadership Conference in Aspen Grove
  • BYU Football Tailgating & Networking
  • Save the Date for Eighth Annual Religious Liberty Dinner

Upcoming Regional Conferencess

UK & Ireland Conference
Please join us in Cambridge, England - whether you will be there over the summer or can make the trip!

On Friday 11th August 2017, the UK & Ireland Chapter are hosting a special conference on the rule of law at Downing College, Cambridge - a beautiful, green and leafy Cambridge College renowned as the pre-eminent College at which to study law at the University of Cambridge.  Conference delegates are invited, as special guests of the Chapter, to dine at a formal dinner in the Downing College Hall, a beautiful, award-winning Georgian Hall, at the conclusion of the day.

Special Keynote Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles will speak on “Religious Liberty, a
Foundation Freedom.”  Keynote Judge Thomas B. Griffith, US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit and non-partisan Chief Legal Officer to the Senate at the Impeachment Trial of President Bill Clinton, will give his reflections on lessons learnt during this seminal moment in US constitutional history in, “The Impeachment of a President: Reflections on a Constitutional Crisis.” 

There will be a wealth of other highly distinguished speakers and panelists including:

  • Baroness Elizabeth Berridge of the UK House of Lords and co-chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on International Freedom of Religion
  • Judge J. Clifford Wallace, Senior Judge, US Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • D. Gordon Smith, Dean, BYU Law School
  • Professor David Kirkham, Academic Director BYU London Centre
  • Professor W. Cole Durham, Founding Director ICLRS
  • Elder Lance B. Wickman, General Counsel for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter- day Saints
  • Randy Guynn, Davis Polk LLP, NY, amongst others 

A masterclass on negotiation will be led by English barrister, Karl D. Hirst and one of Wales’ leading family law partners, Katie McColgan.  Come and hone your skills!  Both the conference and dinner are FREE to attend but tickets are required and are extremely limited so please book without delay!  We look forward to welcoming you to Cambridge, England in August!  Additional information and ticket reservations are available online

West Africa Conference
You are invited to attend the Eighth Annual Regional Conference of the West Africa JRCLS, which will be held August 18 and 19 in Lagos, Nigeria.

Speakers will include the following:

  • Professor Akinola Ibidapo-Obe: University of Lagos.  
  • Dr. Francis O. Salako: University of Lagos 
  • Dr. Hakeem O. Olaniyan: University of Ibadan  
  • Professor Murtala A. Bidmos 
  • Ryan Richards: Area Legal Counsel-Africa West. 
  • Ginny Isaacson: International Chair, J. Reuben Clark Law Society (Via Skype)

 Additional details are available here.  We hope you can join us!


CLE, Lunch, and More at BYU Education Week

BYU Education week will be held August 21-25, 2017 on BYU campus in Provo, Utah.  CLE will be offered for certain classes.  Please also note that fifteen classes about religious freedom will be offered to all attendees.  A list of scheduled religious freedom classes is available on page 38 of the Education Week booklet.  Additionally, BYU Law School invites all JRCLS members to attend a free networking lunch during Education Week on Thursday, August 24, from noon to 1:30 pm.  Please RSVP here.


Annual Founders Day Celebration

BYU Law School is pleased to invite all JRCLS members to attend the Law School’s annual Founders Day Celebration on August 31st. This year the program will include a panel of former Deans of BYU Law School moderated by Dean Gordon Smith. Please join us for a wonderful evening remembering the past and looking forward to the future. If you would like to attend, please register here. If you would like to become a sponsor of the Founders Day Celebration, please use this link. Sponsors get a full table (10 seats) in a prime location at the event, as well was acknowledgement in the program and printed materials.


JRCLS Women in Law Prelaw Event at BYU Law

Do you know anyone who is thinking of attending law school?  Save the date for the Annual JRCLS Women in Law Prelaw Event, which will be held September 27, 2017 at BYU Law School.  This is a special opportunity to tour BYU Law School and network with women lawyers at various stages of practice.  The keynote speaker will be Michelle Reed, Partner at Akin Gump.  Please join us for law school tour at 5:45 pm, keynote presentation at 6:30 pm, and speed networking at 7:30 pm, with a reception held afterwards.


Registration Open for Leadership Conference in Aspen Grove

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.  Keynote speakers will include Federal Judge G. Murray Snow of the United States District Court for the District of Arizona and Benson Dastrup, Assistant Dean for External Relations of BYU Law School.  Additional details and registration information are available online.

Additionally, please note that JRCLS Leadership Grants for chapter leaders will be available for the first time this year. The application is available here and the application deadline is August 15.  There are a few stipends of $500 for first-time chapter leaders and priority will be given to leaders from newly revitalized or developing chapters.  For questions please contact Greg Skidmore at gregskidmore85@gmail.com.


BYU Football Tailgating & Networking Road Games

Home Games (Provo, UT)
BYU Law Alumni Association will host a tailgate at BYU Law School for two hours before every home football game this year.  All JRCLS members are invited to come celebrate Cougar Football and network with lawyers and law students.  

Help us kick-off this new tradition at the season opener BYU v Portland State on August 26.  Enjoy free games, drinks, and chips starting at 11 am.  If you RSVP here, we will also make sure there is a Gandolfo’s sandwich waiting for you. 

Road Games
Additionally, whenever possible, BYU Law School will partner with local JRCLS chapters to coordinate opportunities to connect before BYU football road games this year. 

On Friday, September 1 — the day before the BYU v LSU football game — the JRCLS Houston chapter and BYU Law School are pleased to invite all JRCLS members to join Dean Gordon Smith and others at a networking dinner at Kirkland & Ellis’ new Houston office.  Details and registration are here.  

On Saturday, September 2 — the day of the BYU v LSU football game — BYU Law School is pleased to invite all JRCLS members to attend the Cougar Town Tailgate at the NRG Center in Houston.  We’ll have a few tables set aside for lawyers and law students to munch and mingle. Information about Cougar Town tickets are available here


Save the Date for Eighth Annual Religious Liberty Dinner

The J. Reuben Clark Law Society is pleased to announce its 8th Annual International Religious Liberty Award Dinner.  We congratulate this year's award recipient--Baroness Elizabeth Berridge--for her many years of support and work for religious liberty.  Winners of the 2017 Founding Fathers Student Writing Competition will also be recognized at the dinner.  The Keynote address will be given by Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  Tickets for the dinner will be available in the coming weeks.  This year's event will also include two consecutive panels held prior to the award dinner: The Economic Impact of Religious Liberty and Promoting Religious Liberty Within Your Sphere of Influence.  The panels are open to the public and free of charge.  

The event will be held Thursday, October 5, 2017 at the Mayflower Hotel, 1127 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20036.  Panels and presentations will be held from 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm.  Dinner, Elder Christofferson's keynote address, and acceptance remarks by Baroness Elizabeth Berridge will be held at 7:00 pm.  Please plan on joining us for this outstanding event!


Inspirational Thought

Even if lies are protected constitutionally by free speech, misleading people is a failure of integrity. We should never forget that our word is our bond and that telling the truth is how we build relationships.  As Mark Twain said, 'If you tell the truth you don’t have to remember anything.'  Our word to others still means a great deal—at least to them—and it applies to practicing law; it is better to undercommit and overperform than vice versa.

—The Honorable Justice William A. Tilleman, Integrity and the Practice of Law
Clark Memorandum (Fall 2012)


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