Updates and Inspirations -- Volume 18: Issue 14



  • Religious Freedom Conferences in Los Angeles, Phoenix, and Salt Lake
  • "A Season of Giving" Professional Clothing Drive
  • JRCLS Disaster Relief Service
  • Judge Thomas Griffith to Speak at Annual Fireside
  • Save the Date for Annual JRCLS Conference 

Religious Freedom Conferences in Los Angeles, Phoenix, and Salt Lake

Los Angeles, California:  November 3, 2017 
The Los Angeles Chapter of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society and St. Thomas More Society of Los Angeles are pleased to invite you to a symposium on religious liberty and the law.  The symposium will be held on Friday, November 3 from 12:00 to 5:30 pm at the Jonathan Club, 545 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA.  Presenters will include Elder Quentin L. Cook, Attorney Hannah Smith, the Honorable Kenneth W. Starr, and many more.  Admission (includes lunch and parking) is $65 for lawyers; $35 for judges, government employees, and non-lawyers; and $20 for students.  RSVP at https://religiouslibertyla.eventbrite.com.  Additional details are available here and via email to ReligiousLibertyLA@gmail.com.    

Phoenix, Arizona: November 17, 2017
On November 17 the Greater Phoenix Chapter of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society is putting on and sponsoring a religious freedom workshop. Co-sponsors include the Thomas Moore Society and Alliance Defending Freedom. The event will be from 2-5 p.m. and will feature two religious freedom scholars as well as ASU President Michael Crow. The location is the Tempe ASU Institute of Religion. Additional details are available here.  This event intended for both lawyers and non-lawyers alike.

Salt Lake City, Utah: November 18, 2017
A religious freedom symposium will be held Saturday, November 18, from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm at the SJ Quinney College of Law, University of Utah.  Speakers will include Neill F. Marriott, Second Counselor in the Young Women General Presidency, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints; Eric Baxter, Senior Counsel, Becket Fund; Alexander Dushku, First Amendment Attorney, Kirton & McConkie; Gary McKean, Attorney, Utah-Idaho Southern.  General admission is $15 per person and $10 per student, or $60 for attorneys seeking CLE.  Registration is available online.  For additional details, visit www.facebook.com/SLCReligiousSymposium or email echols.kelly@gmail.com


"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!


JRCLS Disaster Relief Service

In light of recent natural disasters including Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, and the Northern California fires, and the earthquake in Mexico, the JRCLS Service Committee has gathered suggestions for JRCLS members interested in providing legal or financial service to those in need, which are available here.  Please also see the JRCLS FAQs page and your local Bar Association for information about pro bono practice rules and malpractice coverage:  http://www.jrcls.org/?folder=pro_bono&page=faq.  Please email the JRCLS Service Committee at RSheffield@fslaw.com or jrm@paynefears.com with any questions or suggestions.


Judge Thomas Griffith to Speak at Annual Fireside

The Annual JRCLS Fireside will be held on January 19, 2018 at the LDS Conference Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, and via broadcast.  Judge Griffith of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit will be the keynote speaker.  Stay tuned for additional details. 


Save the Date for Annual JRCLS Conference

The Annual JRCLS Conference will be held February 15-17, 2018 in Provo and Salt Lake City, Utah.  Certain details are available online, with more to follow at a later date.  We hope you will plan on attending this special event.  


Inspirational Thought

"So what will remain when a lawyer comes to the end?  Each of us will have our record of service to our clients, our profession, our communities, and our God.  There will remain what we have become by that service.  We will also have the eternal family relationships we treasure, as defined by the terms of our covenants and promised blessings and our fulfillment of the conditions on which they are based.  All of this we can take with us as we have our last appearance before a judge.  As we know from sacred writ, we “must all stand before the judgment-seat of Christ” (Mormon 3:20), who “will judge all men according to their works, according to the desire of their hearts” (D&C 137:9).  That appearance will provide the ultimate definition of what remains at the end of a lawyer."

—Elder Dallin H. Oaks, The Beginning and the End of a Lawyer,
Clark Memorandum (Spring 2005)


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