Apr 2012 Newsletter


 


Hundreds Gather for the JRCLS Annual Conference at Stanford University

Hundreds gathered together this year to participate in discussions on religious freedom at the Annual J. Reuben Clark Law Society Conference at Stanford University February 16 - 18. This year's conference featured several distinguished speakers from government, academia, and private practice, including circuit judges Jay Bybee, Randy Smith, and Clifford Wallace of the Ninth Circuit, and Thomas Griffith of the D.C. Circuit. Read more. . .


The Law Society Bids Farewell to Nancy Van Slooten and Welcomes Doug Bush as International Chair

This last year we bid farewell to one of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society's most seasoned leaders. Here is a recount of our outgoing chair and the new leadership.

Nancy Van Slooten has been thrilled to be the International Chair of the Law Society for the past year. Van Slooten's accomplishments during her tenure and throughout her service with this organization have been extensive. She has been around since the Law Society's formation and helped to organize the Los Angeles chapter, set up student chapters, and write the original Law Society Handbook. Read more. . .


Elder Whitney Clayton Speaks at Annual JRCLS Fireside

Elder L. Whitney Clayton, a member of the Presidency of the Quorum of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints spoke to attorneys and law students at the Annual J. Reuben Clark Law Society Fireside Friday, Jan. 27.

He spoke about the role of a lawyer, and even more specifically on the moral obligations of a Christian lawyer.

"I have tremendous respect for the job of lawyers," Elder Clayton began. "At their best lawyers help ease humankind through their rough spots in life."

He went on to discuss the trend for litigators to engage in ad hominem attacks rather than clearly and rationally presenting their case on the merits. This offensive verbal behavior is antithetical to Christian behavior. Read more. . .


Las Vegas Nevada Chapter Hosts Another Successful WCC Basketball Tournament CLE

The Las Vegas Chapter held their second annual CLE on March 2. This event coincides with the West Coast Conference Basketball Tournament held in Las Vegas. Approximately 60 attendees had the opportunity to watch BYU and other top basketball programs compete while earning Nevada or Arizona CLE credit during the same weekend. Because the program is during the basketball tournament, event organizers expressed that this CLE has become a bridge building event with attorneys outside the J. Reuben Clark Society. Read more. . .


Durham Delivers Lecture on Important Religious Freedom Employment Cases

Professor W. Cole Durham, Jr., Director of the International Center for Law and Religion Studies (ICLRS) and president of the International Consortium on Law and Religion Studies (ICLARS) opened the second Religious Freedom Discussion Series on March 7 with the lecture "Hosanna-Tabor and its European Counterparts: Comparative Reflections."

On January 11, the Supreme Court of the United States issued its decision in the most important religious freedom case to come before the Court in decades. In Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church and School v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission the Court for the first time reviewed "ministerial exception," a First Amendment doctrine which all U.S. Circuit courts had used to exempt churches from discrimination claims brought by their employees, but which had never been affirmed by the Supreme Court. In Hosanna-Tabor the Court not only affirmed the doctrine in the strongest terms, but it did so unanimously. Read more. . .


Mexican Attorneys Celebrate Formation of New Chapter

On January 27, attorneys from the newly formed Mexico Chapter of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society gathered for their inaugural meeting. After dissolution years ago, the Chapter has been reformed under the leadership of President Juan Manuel Rodriguez. As part of their meeting, they watched a satellite broadcast of Elder L. Whitney Clayton, a member of the Presidency of the Quorum of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Read more. . .


Angel Zimmerman: Rising to the Top in Topeka

Angel Zimmerman is a self-professed lover of bees. Adjacent to her email signature block lies a larger-than-life bee with the tag line: "Bee above your usual." Throughout her life, Angel's motto seems to reflect her strong desire and natural ability to truly be above the usual, both personally and professionally. And this reputation has extended throughout her community of Topeka, Kansas. Read more. . .


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What famous law school dean and university president said, "'I would study less, ... and think more.' For the record, I think that's sound advice, not only for law school, but--more relevantly for today's graduates--sound advice for one's entire legal career. Unfortunately, in law, as in life, there is little need to think in order just to get by. But, as Aristotle wisely opined that the unexamined life is not worth living, so too one's life in the profession that our graduates are today entering should remain--in a constructive, positive spirit--under the gentle care of a careful eye."