Jan 2013 Newsletter



You Can Still Register! Do It!

Don't regret missing out on this fantastic experience. With speakers like Justice Clarence Thomas and Elder Holland, over 500 attendees from all over the world, and tours, sights, and presentations you won't find anywhere else, the annual J. Reuben Clark Law Society Conference February 14-16, 2013, in Washington DC is a once-in-a-lifetime event. Register today at www.jrclsconference.com. Come celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Law Society in the nation's capital! Read more. . .


Women in Law Provide Breakfast, Clerkship Info at DC Conference

Myth: Most clerkships are awarded to the top 1% from Harvard Law. Fact: Clerkship opportunities span a wide spectrum of law-school experience. Whether or not you have considered applying for any kind of clerkship, don't miss this annual conference session, featuring an impressive array of presenters: Judge Sharon Prost (US Court of Appeals Federal Circuit), Judge Marian Horn (US Court of Federal Claims), Judge Daniel Barker (Arizona Court of Appeals, ret.), and Aaron Mahler (former state court appellate and DC Circuit clerk). Moderated by WIL Chair Nan Barker. Read more. . .

 

Cool Tool: JRCLS YouTube Channel

The Law Society has a YouTube channel with videos that teach, support and uplift. The most recent video features Sean Nobmann, telling why he's a member of the JRCLS. The video outlines in a professional way Sean's background, family, education, and work experience, reminiscent of the Church's "I'm a Mormon" campaign. Read more. . .

 

Sun Rises on Guatemala City Student Chapter

A main goal of the Law Society's Student Chapters Board ("SCB") is to serve. Service can take on several different meanings as we strive to find new ways accomplish the Law Society's goals and honor J. Reuben Clark. Part of our job is to reach out to other law students in student chapters throughout the world. This may seem a simple task but there is a great deal more that goes on behind the scenes. Read more. . .



Faculty Section Confers in New Orleans

On January 4, 2013, the J. Reuben Clark Law Society Faculty Section held its fifth annual conference at the Loyola University School of Law in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Faculty Section has over 120 members who are faculty members at about seventy different law schools all across the nation. These faculty members teach courses ranging across the entire spectrum of law school curricula. Read more. . .



Brazil Northeast Chapter: Case Study in Enthusiastic Leadership

A few months ago, Greg Clark, Law Society Area Director for South America, approached Aroldo Cavalcante, a prominent attorney in Recife, Brazil, to see if he would be interested in helping establish a new JRCLS Chapter in the northeast region of Brazil. Aroldo enthusiastically embraced this opportunity and was promptly appointed chapter chair of the newly formed Brazil Northeast Chapter. Read more. . .



Elder Steven Snow Keynotes Los Angeles Chapter

Elder Steven E. Snow of the First Quorum of the Seventy was the keynote speaker at the Los Angeles chapter's annual dinner in November 2012. Other speakers at the event included Bradly Allred, Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney, who was named the chapter's 2012 Outstanding Young Lawyer; and June Barlow, Vice President and General Counsel of the California Association of Realtors, who was named the chapter's 2012 Outstanding Lawyer. Read more. . .

 

"A Contest of Greatest Importance": Robert Smith on Religious Freedom

Professor Robert Smith, Managing Director of the International Center for Law and Religion Studies at BYU, delivered the concluding lecture in the second Religious Freedom Discussion Series. The lecture, "A Contest of Greatest Importance: The Battle over the Meaning of Religious Freedom," was delivered on Wednesday, 5 December 2012, at the J. Reuben Clark Law School in Provo, Utah.

Professor Smith referenced an address delivered at BYU-Idaho in October 2009 by Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In that address, Elder Oaks stated: "There is a battle over the meaning of that freedom. The contest is of eternal importance, and it is your generation that must understand the issues and make the efforts to prevail." To prevail in this battle, said Professor Smith, we must first understand what is at stake. Read more. . .



Serving in the Holy Land

A November JRCLS newsletter article entitled "Mormons in the Holy Land" discussed Joe and Marilyn Bentley's service as Directors of Hosting & Humanitarian Services of the BYU Jerusalem Center for Near Eastern Studies. That article highlighted the historical background of the Center as background for coverage of the Bentleys' day to day responsibilities, which is the focus of this article.

Joe Bentley, a member of the Orange County JRCLS chapter, and his wife Marilyn served in Jerusalem from August 2010 to March 2012. While there, they were privileged to live in the spectacular BYU Jerusalem Center, with its eight terraced levels stepping down the Mount of Olives and superb view of the Old City. Read more. . .



JRCLS to the Rescue in Devastating Peru Earthquake

On August 15, 2007, a devastating earthquake rocked the Peruvian towns of Chincha, Pisco and Cañete. The homes of thousands of families were immediately reduced to rubble. The LDS Church and others groups sprang into immediate action to deliver vital relief to the destitute victims of this tragedy. As the dust began to settle, it was obvious that a long-term solution would be needed for those who had lost their homes. Read more. . .