J. Reuben Clark Law Society

"Life in the Law" Can Help Guide a Life of Service and Integrity

In its mission statement, the J. Reuben Clark Law Society “affirms the strength brought to the law by a lawyer’s personal religious conviction.”  In support of that affirmation the BYU Law School and the J. Reuben Clark Law Society announce the publication of the second volume in its Life in the Law series.

Life in the Law: Service & Integrity  is a compilation of talks by judges, university presidents, church leaders, law school deans, and law professors.   Dean Scott Cameron explained, “the editors carefully selected speeches given at law school convocations, J. Reuben Clark Law School annual firesides and conferences over the past seven years together with some historic addresses not before published with the hope that these important addresses will assist law students and lawyers in balancing life’s priorities.”        

"It's hard to keep a perspective of the life you want when you are in the trenches at work or at school," said Professor Jane Wise, one of the book's co-editors.  "This book gives a perspective of service and integrity in its essays; it tells stories of what life in those trenches is like when governed by ethics and morality."

The addresses in the book are split into four categories: Be Ethical, Be Healers, Be Professional, and Be Servants. Each category includes stories about people, particularly law professionals, who have faced difficult decisions in their lives, both privately and in their legal careers.

Law librarian, Galen Fletcher, another co-editor of the book, explained that there are two ways people learn how to act morally.

“Professor Doug Parker taught me that people learn how to be moral either by meeting someone that is a good example of being moral or being exposed to stories about people who had hard choices to make . . . and then help others with similar choices,” Fletcher said. “This book is about people who tell these types of stories.”

For Kevin Abbott, a 3L law student who helped with the compilation of the book, “Life in the Law” acts as a reminder to what is truly important in life.

“For me, the book is mainly about keeping the right perspective throughout law school and a law career,” Abbott said. “Reading the articles in the book remind me of what really matters - God, family, faith, serving others.”

The book also pays tribute to J. Reuben Clark, Jr.’s exemplary life of service in and outside of the law. Each chapter features a picture of President Clark from a different time period during his life as a lawyer and church servant.

Hardcover ($20) and paperback ($12) versions of "Life in the Law: Service & Integrity" are available for purchase online at http://www.jrcls.org/publications/order.php, at the BYU Bookstore or in the Law School Accounting Office. A special student price is available for $10.

Written by Bekah DeMordaunt

Posted: 2009-11-20