2013 marks the 25th year since the organization of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society. Beginning with this article and continuing for the rest of the year, this newsletter will lead with an article highlighting the people and events key to the Law Society, its phenomenal growth, and its contributions to lawyers of faith, to the public, and to the LDS Church. The JRCLS History Committee, chaired by Danielle Dallas, authors these articles. Read more. . .
The J. Reuben Clark Law Society held its eighth annual conference in Washington, D.C., at the Georgetown Law Center on February 14 - 16, 2013. The conference, a celebration of the Law Society's 25th anniversary, was featured in a full-page article in the LDS Church News on Saturday, February 23.
For law students, the recent JRCLS conference in Washington D.C. was an excellent opportunity and an amazing experience. We were able the first day to tour the chambers of the Honorable Judge Thomas Griffith. He shared his knowledge and experiences living in D.C. and being an appellate judge. His clerks were helpful and friendly. That evening was a social and networking-advice event for students, which helped prepare us to meet our attorney counterparts at the conference. The lawyers were gracious and kind in speaking and sharing with the law students.
Elder Larry Echo Hawk spoke at the annual J. Reuben Clark Law Society fireside at the LDS Conference Center in Salt Lake City. His remarks were broadcast to JRCLS chapters all across the world.
Dean Hiram Chodosh of the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law was awarded the Franklin S. Richards Public Service Award at the Law Society's annual fireside on February 23. The award recognized Chodosh's work on legal reform and his leadership and support of programs undertaken by the University of Utah. Read more. . .
On March 14, 2013, the Orange County Chapter of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society sponsored the 9th Annual Orange County Religion & the Law Symposium, which was held at Chapman University School of Law in Orange, California. Co-sponsors included Chapman University School of Law, the Christian Legal Society, the Federalist Society, the Jewish Bar Association, Pepperdine University School of Law, UCI School of Law, Western State College of Law and Whittier Law School. Read more. . .
For the second year in a row, the JRCLS Section of Biblical and Ancient Law (SOBAAL) met at the 2013 JRCLS Annual Conference. The section meeting was very well attended with standing room only. Last year at Stanford, Professor John W. Welch introduced the section as expanding the discussion about not only how the Bible but also ancient civilizations, law and cultures, influenced the constitutional debates in the founding of the United States. This understanding of the role of ancient cultures can aid in analysis of the meaning of constitution from an "originalist" point of view. In some cases these cultures had conflicting values (such as between the Judeo/Christian and the Greeks or Romans). Such a conflict can give rise to many interesting discussions. Read more. . .
A lot of good is being done in Sin City. The Las Vegas Chapter continues to make a positive impact in the legal community and beyond through continuing legal education events, pro-bono service, and greater member involvement.
The International Center for Law and Religion Studies at Brigham Young University, J. Reuben Clark Law School, was pleased to present the first lecture in the third Religious Freedom Discussion Series on Wednesday, 20 March 2013. Center Director and Susa Young Gates Professor of Law, W. Cole Durham, Jr., addressed the topic "Against Free Exercise Reductionism." Read more. . .
This new section of the newsletter has been created to highlight JRCLS members who have recently been called, appointed, or elected to significant positions of service in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints or in their communities.