The Phoenix Chapter of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society Enjoys Another Phenomenal Year
While our Law Society is certainly comprised of many fine Chapters, some Chapters continue to lead the way with many outstanding events and contributions. One such Chapter is our Phoenix Chapter. In this issue we will profile some of the great events the Phoenix Chapter has put on during 2010-2011, and in our next issue of the Newsletter we will specifically profile some of the activities which were particularly directed at Women in the Law and the Phoenix Student Chapter.
The 2010-2011 Phoenix Chapter CLE Luncheon Series not only moved to a new venue, the Phoenix Airport Marriott, but hosted a diverse mix of speakers.
- The author of "Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling" and visiting professor of Mormon Studies at Claremont Graduate University, Richard Bushman kicked off the season in September with the topic, "Democratic Critics Say Power Goes Unchecked In the Latter-Day Saint Church. Are They Right?" Brother Bushman shared how Mormons are independent thinkers. He explained that we are taught when we receive a calling from the Church we are entitled to receive confirmation for that calling, no matter how great or small it is.
- In November, the Chairman of the National Organization for Marriage, Maggie Gallagher, spoke on the "The Price of Prop 8 and The Future of Marriage." After an enlightening presentation on the current trends threatening the family and traditional marriage, participants enjoyed a thought-provoking question and answer discussion.
- The Honorable Monroe McKay on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, and former BYU law professor, spoke in January. He delighted the audience with his vast experience and quick wit as he discussed his views on constitutional interpretation.
- Former Administrative Assistant to Chief Justice of the United States, Warren E. Burger, for 13 years, Mark W. Cannon, concluded the series in April. Brother Cannon shared his recollections of serving with Justice Burger and his grandfather, George Q. Cannon.
- In December, Elder Jim L. Wright, Area Seventy and local attorney, spoke during the annual breakfast event. He discussed the struggles of the practice of law and testified that blessings always follow obedience.
- In February, the Chapter met at the Arizona State University (ASU) Institute Building for the annual JRCLS Fireside to watch Elder D. Todd Christofferson's uplifting address. Due to the location, chapter members mingled with law students while refreshments were served.
- The Chapter hosted Emeritus Elder Gerald N. Lund in March for dinner. A large crowd attended as spouses and members of the BYU Management Society (Arizona Management Society) were invited. Elder Lund shared his insights in how the scriptures contain the Mosaic law, the law of Christ as found in the Beatitudes, and the law of mercy. He explained that the gospel is the foundation of many of our current laws. Elder Lund explained that we all are all incomplete despite our best efforts. However, because of the law of mercy we can become complete through the Savior.
In addition, each year the Phoenix Chapter recognizes an outstanding attorney or two for the Jesse Udall Community Service Award. The award is named for Jesse Udall who served as a member of Arizona's Legislature and was Chief Justice of the Arizona Supreme Court. This year the Chapter recognized Nan Barker in November and the Honorable David L. Roberts at its April luncheon.
By John Skabelund
Posted: August 17, 2011