J. Reuben Clark Law Society

Nancy Van Slooten as New Chair of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society

BYU Law School alumnus, Nancy Van Slooten ('83), is the  new chair of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society, an organization of approximately ten thousand LDS attorneys, of which BYU Law School graduates comprise 60 percent.

Van Slooten will use Alma: 37:6 to guide goals and decisions made by the executive committee of the Law Society during the next two years: "Behold I say unto you, that by small and simple things are great things brought to pass."

The Law Society is growing, and one of its new goals is to build, strengthen and rely more heavily on its volunteer base. A big focus will be strengthening the chapters and providing the leadership with what they need to do their jobs more easily.

This will include unifying the look of the Law Society through uniform newsletters, emails, templates for business cards and weekly e-blasts. Also, the committees are preparing one-page instruction sheets to assist the chapters in areas such as women in law or community outreach programs.

"We want to allow them to have the information quickly so that they can concentrate on the needs of their chapter and be able to strengthen their members," Van Slooten said.

Van Slooten would like to focus on the words of the General Authorities who have and will address the society during her tenure. This year, she would like society members to pay particular attention to the encouragement given by Dean Reese Hansen in his address at the Law Society Leadership Conference in October to position themselves within their respective communities and other organizations to be an influence for good. One major step according to Van Slooten will be to encourage attorneys who are not currently practicing, such as retired attorneys and women attorneys rearing families, to become more involved in the Society and their respective communities.

"I have been privileged to be part of the Law Society from its inception and I have enjoyed the camaraderie of being with all of the attorneys of the society for the last twenty-plus years," Van Slooten said. "I feel that being in this position now, I can work more actively with them to forward what's needed in the society."

Also new to the executive committee is Doug Bush, who will serve as chair elect for two years.

Posted: 2009-12-15