J. Reuben Clark Law Society

Recife - Volunteers provided legal assistance to the city of Cabo de Santo Agostinho

Volunteers of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society, Northeast Brazil, provided legal assistance to citizens in the city of Cabo de Santo Agostinho / PE during the month of June 2013 as part of “The Law and Society” event. The service was held in the space provided by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  Eighteen lawyers participated as well as two law students and other supporters. The action took place in partnership with the City General Attorney.
Some of the services provided included:
  • Examination of documents and specialized instruction for Real Estate;
  • Advice to the rights and duties of lawsuits in the Labor Court;
  • Advice on Consumer Law;
  • Monitoring and instructions for Electoral Affairs; and
  • Analysis of debits and Tax Enforcement.
The goal was to provide guidance to citizens, legal referrals and petitions that they would not normally have access. Undoubtedly, this pro bono project eased the anguish and suffering of many people in need and can truly take the law to the population.
The purpose of the Law Society is to contribute to citizens through lectures or legal service directly. Dr. Aroldo Cavalcante, one of the coordinators said, "We want to highlight the importance of having a religious belief to truly ingrain ethical values of a profession in law. So, dealing with pro bono activities, we expect to hold up to three annual events to cement these principles.
The J. Reuben Clark Society’s members are lawyers or law school graduates who support the mission of this Law Society:
We affirm the strength brought to the law by a lawyer's personal religious conviction. We strive through public service and professional excellence to promote fairness and virtue founded upon the rule of law.
There is no membership fee or annuity payment to participate in the JRCLS, and may include law students and other members associated. Cavalcante further explains, "All faiths are welcome. There is no requirement regarding religious preference, state bar membership, attorney status or attendance at J. Reuben Clark Law School. Graduation from a law school and support of the mission statement are the only requirements for membership.
There is already a JRCLS Chapter based in São Paulo / SP since 2006. It was formally organized in Recife / PE the BRAZIL NORTHEAST CHAPTER in October 2012. Currently there are 52 associate members. 


Posted: 2013-07-01