J. Reuben Clark Law Society

West Africa Conference Report

The 5th Annual Conference of the Africa West Chapter of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society was held on Friday, 29th and Saturday, 30th August, 2014 in the Garden City of Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria.
Friday evening’s mix and mingle was with Dr. Hycenth A. Ajie, an Associate Professor of Economics with the University of Port Harcourt, who is also a lawyer and a member of the Law Society. He presented a paper titled "The Stock Market, Prospects for Lawyers," where he threw more light on the activities of the stock market and encouraged lawyers to participate and invest in it.

Saturday’s session had Festus O. Emiri,  Professor of Jurisprudence and Deputy Director General of the Nigerian Law School, Yenagoa Campus as the Keynote Speaker. He gave a presentation on religious freedom, in which he tackled the issue for the need to be free to practice any religion of one's choice as long as it was not at variance with public policy.
Martin Slater, Area Legal counsel for the Africa West Area gave a report on the "State of Legal Matters of the LDS Church in West Africa,” while Jeremiah Morgan, International Chair of the Law Society, joined via skype and gave details of the present position of the Law Society and advised members to be Christ-like lawyers.
Elder LeGrand R. Curtis, Jr., President of the Africa West Area of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, was the concluding speaker. In his admonishment he told the gathering to emulate the Lord Jesus Christ even in the practice of law.
The Conference also witnessed the transition from Edward Goh out-going Chair to Ebi W. Monkurai who is now the new Chapter Chair. The Chair-Elect is Anne Mpamah, the first woman to hold that position in the West Africa Chapter.
The Conference rounded up with an elaborate dinner. Of the 80 members who made up the Chapter, 42 were in attendance.

By Ebi W. Monkurai

Posted: September 5, 2014