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The Jesse A. Udall Family and Their Tradition of Law

David Lloyd Udall graduated from the University of Arizona Law School. David Lloyd's father, David King Udall, graduated from the same law school in 1988, as had David King?s brother Bill in 1989. They were not the first generation of Udall's to graduate from U of A law school. They were preceded by David K., in 1963, and by the patriarch of the family, Jesse A. Udall, the father of David K., in 1924. Four generations of Udall's graduating from the same law school is quite remarkable, and given that David Lloyd has a son, David Hyrum, this tradition may continue.


Law Society Honored by the City of Fortaleza, Brazil

To commemorate the 31st anniversary of the Law Society, the Fortaleza City Council held a Solemn Session on August 12, 2019, chaired by Council Member Benigno J?nior and attended by several civic leaders including Fortaleza?s Vice Mayor, Moroni Big Torgan. Chapter Chair Robson Sabino was instrumental in orchestrating this honor and in furthering the cause of the Law Society in Brazil.


Africa West Chapter Urges Judicial Independence in Face of Executive Overreach

The Africa West Chapter of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society recently concluded a multi-country conference in Nigeria centered on protecting the judiciary from ?political correctness.? This is an extremely germane issue for Nigeria and other developing countries.


Professional Clothing Drive

A Season of Giving Professional Clothing Drive: The Women in Law Committee is sponsoring a worldwide JRCLS professional clothing drive to be held during the months of October and November. Chapters are encouraged to collect professional clothing donations in these months for distribution to men and women who may be entering or re-entering the workforce. We look forward to making a significant improvement to the working wardrobes of people around the world!


Dilley Pro Bono Project

Extraordinary Service Opportunity! Dilley Detention Center- November 10-15, 2019. The J. Reuben Clark Law Society is teaming up with the Dilley Pro Bono Project & AILA/Council Immigration Justice Campaign to provide pro bono legal services to women and children currently housed in the South Texas Family Residential Facility in Dilley, Texas.


BYU Education Week

Continuing Legal Education classes at Education Week are sponsored by the J. Reuben Clark Law Society and are available to registered Education Week participants.


From Harper Lee's Book to Idaho's Highest Court, JRCLS Member's Ascent

For most people, 10th grade is anything but life-changing. But for a young Gregory Moeller, this is where it all began. His unique journey to becoming the 58th Idaho Supreme Court Justice commenced with Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird.


BYU Education Week

Continuing Legal Education at BYU Education Week - 2019


Duke Law Professor Honored with Rex Lee Advocacy Award

The Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society presented Walter E. Dellinger III with the Rex Lee Advocacy Award at its 19th annual awards ceremony held June 5 in Washington, D.C. The award is presented annually to one of the nation?s outstanding advocates whose life and legal practice reflects the values exemplified by the award?s namesake, Rex E. Lee, a former U.S. Solicitor General, university president, and founding dean of the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University.


Member Awarded $10,000 for Serving Asylum Seekers

It is not every day your boss hands you a $10,000 check to give to a good cause. But, at Exelon, a Fortune 100 company and the biggest power company in the nation, that is exactly what JRCLS member, Julie Stevenson, experienced.


If a Law is Wrong, Must I Obey It?

Report on Asia/Pacific J. Reuben Clark Law Conference hosted by the New South Wales Chapter at The Sydney School of Law of The University of Notre Dame, Australia, Friday, May 31 to Sunday, June 2, 2019


JRCLS 2020 Annual Conference Call for Proposals

The J. Reuben Clark Law Society invites its members to submit proposals for our 2020 Annual Conference to be held February 27-29, 2020, in Phoenix, Arizona. JRCLS is seeking creative and engaging speakers to share their skill, insight, and expertise. The deadline for submissions is October 31, 2019.


'So Valuable' for Admitted Students

Keeping with tradition, BYU Law students, faculty, and alumni, and J. Reuben Clark Law Society members attended a reception between the morning and afternoon sessions of General Conference at the Joseph Smith Memorial Building. A light buffet was served. Nearly 200 attended. The next General Conference reception will be October 5th.


Rex E. Lee & Shawn Bentley Awards Luncheon

The D.C. Chapter will award the annual Rex E. Lee Advocacy Award to Walter E. Dellinger III, former Solicitor General of the United States and currently professor emeritus at Duke Law School.


Brazil Regional Conference

Society members in Brazil will host a regional conference in Fortaleza, Ceara, Brazil from August 15-17. The conference will focus on ethics, religious freedom and pro bono services.


'Desperate Need for Attorneys' - Perspective on Border Refugee Crisis

Each year, thousands of refugees, including many women and children, are apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border and held in detention centers while they await the outcome of expedited removal proceedings.


From BYU Law to Deputy Attorney General and Beyond, One JRCLS Member's Inspiring Journey

"If you endanger the children of American Samoa, you endanger the welfare of American Samoa"- that was the closing argument Lornalei Meredith Fanene hoped would resonate with the jury. And it did. The correctional officer who provided minors drugs and snuck them out of their juvenile detention center after hours was convicted of seven charges.


2019 Leadership Conference

Registration for 2019 Leadership Conference is now open! The conference will be held on October 3-4, 2019, at BYU and Aspen Grove.


General Conference Reception

You are invited to attend the General Conference Reception between the morning and afternoon sessions of General Conference on Saturday, April 6, 2019, from noon to 1:30pm at the Joseph Smith Memorial Building Wasatch Room in Salt Lake City. A light buffet will be served. This is a free event, and no RSVP will be necessary. We kindly ask that you do not bring any children under the age of 8, with the exception of infants in arms. We hope to see you there.


Asia Pacific JRCLS Conference

Please join us for the Asia Pacific JRCLS Conference--If The Law is Wrong, Do I Still Have a Duty to Obey? This event will be held in Sydney, Australia on the University of Notre Dame's Broadway Campus from May 31-June 2, 2019. Speakers include Dean Patrick Parkinson, David Meredith, Dr. Emily Kwok, and Judge Sue Purdon-Sully. We hope to see you there!


Save the Date: 2020 Annual Conference

Please save the date for our 2020 JRCLS Annual Conference! The conference will be held February 27-29, 2020, in Phoenix, Arizona (please note the new dates). Stay tuned for registration updates!


JRCLS Celebrates 30 Years at Its Annual Leadership Conference

The 2018 JRCLS Leadership Conference was held on October 4-5 on BYU Campus and at Aspen Grove. This annual event was also a 30-year celebration of the anniversary of JRCLS for which Gayla Sorenson, Dean of External Relations at the Law School, delivered the celebration speech. Dinner followed with a keynote address by Bruce C. Hafen, attorney, author, and emeritus general authority of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, who was also a JRCLS founding member as Dean of the Law School in 1988.


Elder Bruce C. Hafen: A Project Worthy of the Best that We Can Do

On 4 October 2018, Elder Bruce C. Hafen, Emeritus General Authority Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints reminisced about the founding of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society while addressing attendees of the Law Society's Leadership Conference about the importance of a lawyer's personal religious conviction.


Kathryn Pullins: Important Contributions to the Founding of JRCLS

It is alleged that Alexander the Great envied Achilles not because of Achilles? near invincibility but because Achilles had Homer to write his history. While the J. Reuben Clark Law Society does not have Homer to write its history, it should nevertheless make certain to mention one of its most important founding members--Kathryn D. Pullins.


History of the JRCLS Organization

Although the J. Reuben Clark Law Society was not officially launched until 1987 and not legally formed until 1988, groups of LDS lawyers had organized and were meeting in a number of cities for almost a decade prior to the Society?s organization. LDS lawyers in in Atlanta, Seattle, and New York City, and Auckland, New Zealand, among others, were organized. It is worthy to note that inspiration came to people in diverse locations who felt that attorneys of faith would be blessed by recognizing and discussing how they, their families, and their practices could be strengthen by noting the intersection of their faith and their practice of law.


Dilley Texas Service Event: Filling a Vital Need

JRCLS strongly endorses one of the noblest traditions of the legal profession ? the legal representation of those in society who otherwise do not have equal access to protection of the law. Armed with this mandate, JRCLS Women in Law Committee teamed up with the Dilley Pro Bono Project and CARA (Catholic Legal Immigration Network, American Immigration Council, Refugee & Immigrant Center for Education & Legal Services and American Immigration Lawyers Assoc.) to provide pro bono legal services to women and children currently housed in the South Texas Family Residential Facility at Dilley, Texas.


Feb. 14-16: 2019 JRCLS Annual Conference

The Seattle Chapter of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society invites you to the 2019 JRCLS Annual Conference: "Anxiously Engaged in Good Causes", February 14-16, 2019 in Seattle, WA. General Sessions will be held at the Seattle Center, the Bell Harbor Conference Center, and the Seattle North Stake Center. Registration information will be available shortly. We hope to see you there!


Women Lawyers Celebration

Please join us in celebrating BYU Law's first female-majority entering class! BYU Women in the Law, in conjunction with the Utah Court of Appeals, Women Lawyers of Utah, and the J. Reuben Clark Law Society, invite you to attend their Women Lawyers Celebration. The event will be held on February 27th at 3:30pm in the BYU Law Sorenson Student Commons. Dean Smith's cheese company will provide the catering for the event. Please email Brittney Herman at bmherman@law.byu.edu with any questions.


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