J. Reuben Clark Law Society

Law and Literature Conference

On a beautiful October morning almost 100 participants gathered in St. George, Utah to enjoy presentations from leading authorities on law and literature.  Kurt Johnson a St. George attorney licensed in Utah, Nevada and Idaho stated, “I gave up my Friday golf game, but this is worth it.  This is great CLE.”  And, it really was.
From the opening talk of Professor Pilkington regarding Shakespeare and the law to Judge James L. Shumate’s concluding remarks 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.  Judge Brent West’s 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.  Travis Marker a St. George attorney and chair of the conference had this to say, “It was a lot of work, but worth it.  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.”  All participating seemed to agree.

Posted: 2011-11-08