Nov 2012 Newsletter



JRLCS Set to Descend on Washington D.C. for Annual Conference

The Mid-Atlantic J. Reuben Clark Law Society attorney and student chapters are honored to host the annual Law Society conference on February 14-16, 2013, in Washington D.C. The conference is a great opportunity for attorneys and students to network and develop personal relationships as well as hear from leaders in the legal community. Conference participants will also celebrate the 25th anniversary of the founding of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society. Read more. . .


Brett Scharffs Critiques HHS Mandate

Brett G. Scharffs, Francis R. Kirkham Professor of Law and Associate Director of the International Center for Law and Religion Studies at the J. Reuben Clark Law School, presented a lecture, "Accommodating Conscience: The HHS Contraception Mandate and the Problems Arising from General and Neutral Laws," as part of the Center's Religious Freedom Discussion Series. Read more. . .


Student Writing Winners Announced

Winners of the Third Annual Religious Freedom Student Writing Competition were announced at an Awards Dinner in Washington, D.C., on 11 October 2012:

First Place - Aaron R. Petty, "Faith, However Defined": Reassessing JFS and the Judicial Conception of "Religion" Read more. . .


Literate and Humane: Lawyers Who Read

I have lived through too many lives to remember. I have lived for hundreds of years and died by countless means. This year alone I have lived through seventeen lives. I have done all of this by simply reading literature. Literature grants all of us the opportunity to live through numerous experiences where we can gain knowledge, wisdom, and empathy for others.

The legal profession requires yearly ethical training credits. Typically, when I think of ethical CLE credits, I imagine sitting through another lecture of a law school Professional Responsibility course reading through the numerous rules on professional conduct. But, Travis Marker, from Saint George, Utah, had a different idea about gaining ethical CLE credits. Travis has organized and hosted the Literature and the Law Conference at varying locations in the United States. Read more. . .


Douglas Laycock Honored at Religious Liberty Dinner

The 2012 Religious Liberty Honor was presented to Professor Douglas Laycock at the third International Religious Freedom Awards Dinner, held 11 October 2012 at the Mayflower Renaissance Hotel in Washington DC. The award is given annually by the J. Reuben Clark Law Society and the International Center for Law and Religion Studies at Brigham Young University. Read more. . .


Women in the Law Blog Attracts Worldwide Following

Two years ago this month, in November 2010, the Women in the Law Committee of the international Law Society launched its blog, reaching out to women of faith in the law everywhere. They little knew how far that reach would extend. Today, followers of the blog are in Ghana, Germany, Malaysia, Sweden, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, Great Britain, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, the Philippines, France, Russia, Japan, and all across the United States and Canada. Read more. . .


Mormons in the Holy Land

Latter-day Saints have a particular interest in the Holy Land because of their desire to learn about the Savior's ministry there and the land's history and destiny. JRCLS member Joseph Bentley returned in March 2012 from Israel, where he had served for 18 months with his wife, Marilyn, as Director of Hosting & Humanitarian Services at the BYU Jerusalem Center. Bentley has graciously agreed to share his experiences with the Law Society. Read more. . .


Inaugural JRCLS Chapter Meeting in Asia

The first meeting of a J. Reuben Clark Law Society chapter in Asia was held in Seoul, Korea at the Marriott Hotel on 25 April 2012, the culmination of several years' discussions among LDS attorneys with interest in the area. Tom Isaacson, who served on the International Board of the Law Society, was traveling to Korea on business and, with the help of Jai-Wook Lee, was able to organize the inaugural meeting. Read more. . .


2012 JRCLS Leadership Conference

Law Society leaders from around the world gathered on 4-5 October 2012 to participate in the annual J. Reuben Clark Law Society Leadership Conference. The conference began with initial meetings at the BYU Law School in Provo on October 4, then shifted venue up Provo Canyon to the beautiful lodge facilities at Aspen Grove. Most of the afternoon was then spent outdoors engaged in team building activities amid the autumn splendor. In the evening, the group assembled for a special dinner program, with keynote address by Elder Carl B. Pratt, Emeritus Member of the Quorum of the Seventy. Elder Pratt enthralled the group with stories based on his decades of service to the Church in Latin America. Read more. . .