Dec 2012 Newsletter



Newest JRCLS Chapter Finds Strength in the Pacific

American Samoa has almost 100 attorneys in its population of approximately 66,000. Over 22% of the population is LDS. In January, four attorneys in Tutuila, the most heavily populated isle and location of the major government offices, watched Elder Whitney Clayton speak via satellite at the annual JRCLS fireside. The fireside marked the inaugural event for the newly formed American Samoa chapter. Michael Monson, in-house counsel for the American Samoa Power Authority, was voted as chair. Read more. . .


The Significance of the Student Chapters Board

Students play a critical role in the J. Reuben Clark Law Society. Building a strong and mutually beneficial relationship between students and attorneys within the Society is a continuing goal. The Student Chapters Board (SCB) is a group of student leaders organized to facilitate training, communication, and support among student chapters. The SCB leads the effort to set up new student chapters at law schools around the country and helps provide the resources necessary to maintain their active involvement in the Society. The SCB is also responsible for addressing the specific needs of student chapters, communicating the problems and successes of student chapters, and planning regional, national, and international student events. In fact, students were the driving force behind the organization of the Law Society's annual International Conferences. Read more. . .


SCB President Passes Torch to Jeff Bradford, Other Leadership Named

For the 2011-2012 school year the Society was lucky to have Billy Jackson, a recent graduate of Stanford Law School, as Student Chapters Board (SCB) chair. Billy is from the Washington, D.C. area and plans to practice in D.C. for the law firm of Winston and Strawn after completing two federal clerkships: first in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and then with 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Kent Jordan. Setting out as SCB chair last year Billy had a goal to strengthen student chapters, through training and other efforts, to resurrect chapters that may be struggling as well as start new chapters at law schools throughout the country. Read more. . .


Professor Elizabeth Clark Explores the Distinctiveness of Religion and Religious Freedom

Professor Elizabeth A. Clark, Associate Director of the International Center for Law and Religion Studies at Brigham Young University, presented "Is Religion Different? Should We Care?": Contemporary Religious Freedom Controversies and Arguments on the Value of Religion" as the third in the 2012 Religious Freedom Discussion Series lectures, on 11 July 2012 at BYU's J. Reuben Clark Law School.

The role of religion and religious freedom fills public debate, whether the topic is the religious exemption to the contraception mandate, exemptions for religious employers, or Proposition 8. Much of the debate, however, turns on assumptions about the value of religion and whether it is different from other belief systems in a positive way that is worthy of protection. Professor Clark explored the various arguments for and against the distinctiveness of religion and its value to society and connected these with some contemporary controversies. Read more. . .


Rising Star: JRCLS Member Rises In Rank In Kansas Women's Attorneys Association

Angel Zimmerman began her term as President of Kansas Women Attorneys Association (KWAA) on July 23, 2012. Angel is a member of the JRCLS international Women in the Law Committee. Announced at the same time were her executive board and KWAA conference chairs and committees. April will attend the National Conference of Women Bar Associations in Chicago in August. Read more. . .