November 2017 Newsletter

J. Reuben Clark Law Society November 2017 Newsletter



Report of the 2017 JRCLS Leadership Conference, September 27-29

Over 160 attendees of the September 2017 JRCLS Leadership Conference were blessed with not only inspiring messages but one of the most beautiful autumns ever in Provo and Aspen Grove, Utah. The conference was eventful as International Law Society Chair Ginny Isaacson passed the baton of leadership to Stephen L. West. Bill Atkin, Associate General Counsel of the LDS Church, also stepped down from the Law Society Board after acting as liaison with the Church’s Office of General Counsel for nearly 20 years. David Channer, newly appointed as Associate General Counsel of the LDS Church, took his place. Read more. . .


A New Paradigm for Making Lawyer Negotiations Less Stressful and More Productive: Russell Wood Leadership Conference Plenary Session

Russell Wood, PhD enjoyed an extensive media career as an on-air talent, account executive, sales manager, station manager, and corporate vice president. He was employed by several of the country’s leading media films with the majority of his career at Bonneville International Corporation in Salt Lake City. He earned his Doctorate in Communications in 2008 at the University of Utah. This presentation was based on his dissertation study “Relational Communication in Negotiation Interaction,” which presented findings not previously available in the fields of negotiation or legal communication. Read more. . .


With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility: New International Chair Stephen L. West Speaks to Leadership Conference Attendees on Effective Leadership, Professional Excellence, and Moral Accountability

Stephen L. West, the new International Chair of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society, addressed an audience of attorneys, law students, and guests at the Friday morning session of the annual JRCLS Leadership Conference held at Aspen Grove on September 29. Read more. . .


Religion and Religious Freedom In A Changing World: BYU International Center for Law and Religion Studies Hosts its 24th Annual Symposium

The 24th Annual International Law and Religion Symposium of the International Center for Law and Religion Studies (ICLRS) was held October 1-3, 2017 at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. Some 100 Delegates to the 2017 Symposium were invited to discuss the conference theme—"Religion and Religious Freedom in a Changing World"—including such sub-themes as Religion and Security, Religion and Pluralism, and Religion and the Rule of Law. Read more. . .


Baroness Elizabeth Berridge Receives 2017 International Religious Liberty Award at 8th Annual Religious Liberty Dinner Sponsored by District of Columbia/Mid Atlantic Chapter

The J. Reuben Clark Law Society and the International Center for Law and Religion Studies were honored to present the 2017 International Religious Liberty Award to Baroness Elizabeth Berridge for her many years of support and work for religious liberty. She received the award at the 8th Annual Religious Liberty Dinner Sponsored by the District of Columbia/Mid Atlantic Chapter at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington D.C. on October 5, 2017. Read more. . .


Partner Up! Tales of How to Maximize Your Chapter’s Community Service

October 22-28, 2017 was the American Bar Association's Celebration of Pro Bono week. The Law Society challenged each chapter to plan or be involved in some form of service that week, and to report their service project to inspire other chapters. Richard Sheffield, Chair of the Law Society’s Service and Outreach Committee, hoped that chapters would partner with other non-profit organizations rather than starting from scratch to maximize their effectiveness and to avoid reinventing the wheel. At least two chapters did just that. Read more. . .