Law and Literature in St. George

On a beautiful October morning nearly 100 participants gathered in St. George, Utah, to enjoy presentations from leading authorities on law and literature.

"I gave up my Friday golf game, but this is worth it," said St. George attorney Kurt Johnson. "This is a great CLE."

And, it really was.

From the opening talk of Olga Pilkington, instructor at Dixie State College, regarding Shakespeare and the law to the concluding remarks of Judge James L. Shumate of state Fifth Circuit Court, titled, "Inherit the Wind," the speakers explored a wide range of literature. Professors, lawyers, and judges shared insights into classics like To Kill a Mockingbird, Uncle Tom's Cabin, and The Merchant of Venice. Associate Presiding Judge of the Second District Court of Utah, Judge Brent West conducted a lunch hour presentation on Charles Dickens' treatment of the law in his writing as well as a thorough examination of each of his characters related to the law punctuated the event. As one participant stated, "What a fun way to get continuing education credits."

The Southern Utah Chapter of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society is excited about building on the success of this first Law and Literature Conference.

"It was a lot of work, but worth it," said Travis Marker, a St. George attorney and chair of the conference. "The speakers were great, and the legal community really enjoyed and appreciated the event. We think this is the beginning of a great Southern Utah tradition."

By Jeff McKenna