Updates and Inspiration--Volume 18: Issue 12



  • Don't Miss the JRCLS Leadership Conference!
  • Women in Law Prelaw Event at BYU Law
  • General Conference Reception & Light Buffet
  • JRCLS Worldwide Week of Service 2017
  • Opportunity to Teach Law Students in Eastern Europe
  • Eighth Annual Religious Liberty Dinner on October 5
  • "A Season of Giving" Professional Clothing Drive
  • BYU Football Tailgating & Networking

Don't Miss the JRCLS Leadership Conference!

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.


Women in Law Prelaw Event at BYU Law

The Women in Law Pre-Law Conference and Formal Networking Event will be held Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at BYU Law School, from 6:30-8:30 pm.  (Feel free to come early for a tour of the law school at 5:45 pm.)  The evening will feature a keynote address from Michelle Reed, Partner at Akin Gump and 2003 BYU Law grad, and a speed networking event with prelaw students and attorneys.  Please RSVP by September 20 as a law graduate or prospective lawyer.


General Conference Reception & Light Buffet

A Reception & Light Buffet will be held on Saturday, September 30, 2017 (Conference Weekend) from Noon to 1:30 pm in the Wasatch Room of the Joseph Smith Memorial Building, 15 East South Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah.  Please RSVP by September 22, 2017.


JRCLS Worldwide Week of Service 2017

During October 22-28, 2017, the American Bar Association's Celebration of Pro Bono week, the J. Reuben Clark Law Society challenges each chapter to plan or be involved in some form of service, and to report their service project to inspire other chapters. The ABA has assembled extensive resources and suggestions.  Additional suggestions for finding and planning a service project in your community and stories, photos and videos of service projects from JRCLS chapters are available online.  Contact the Service & Outreach Commitee if you have any questions.


Opportunity to Teach Law Students in Eastern Europe

The Leavitt Institute for International Development extends a teaching opportunity to JRCLS members.  Judges and lawyers are invited to teach rule of law for two weeks at universities in Moldova, Poland, Romania, and Ukraine. More information on the institute is found at www.leavittinstitute.org.  Those interested in teaching and/or learning more details, please contact fellow Law Society member Jordan Teuscher at j.teuscher@leavittinstitute.org for more information.


Eighth Annual Religious Liberty Dinner on October 5

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!


"A Season of Giving" Professional Clothing Drive"

The Women in Law Committee is sponsoring a season of service by promoting a worldwide JRCLS professional clothing drive to be held during the months of October and November.  Chapters are encouraged to collect professional clothing donations in these months for distribution to men and women who may be entering or re-entering the workforce.  Look for forthcoming emails detailing ideas on ways to organize your clothing drive and also how to facilitate distribution of the donations.  We look forward to making a significant improvement to the working wardrobes of people around the world!


BYU Football Tailgating & Networking

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.  

Join us Saturday, September 9 at 6:00 pm on the BYU Law School patio for J Dawgs, BYU Creamery Ice Cream, photo booth, music, games, and fun with Cosmo as we prepare to cheer on the Cougars against the University of Utah. Tickets are $10 and can be bought here or at the door. 

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.  


Inspirational Thought

“Prayer is essential to developing faith.  When the Lord comes again, will He find a people who know how to pray in faith and who are prepared to receive salvation?  ‘For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.’  We are children of a loving Heavenly Father, and we may enjoy personal communion with Him when we pray ‘with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ’ and then act in accordance with the answers we receive by the promptings of the Holy Ghost.  In faith we pray, we listen, and we obey, that we might learn to become one with the Father and the Son.”

—Sister Carol F. McConkie, The Soul’s Sincere Desire,
LDS General Conference (Oct. 2016)


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