J. Reuben Clark Law Society

New Chapter of the JRCLS Holds Inaugural Meeting

In the heart of the Great Basin and in the shadow of the beautiful Ruby Mountains, the Nevada Great Basin Chapter held its first organizational meeting on January 15, 2015. The charter members of the Chapter consist of ten attorneys and two judges from different religious backgrounds and who practice in diverse areas of the law.

The Chapter’s founder and current president, Zachary A. Gerber, was a founder and former president of the University of Miami School of Law’s JRCLS student chapter. As a law student, Gerber attended the National JRCLS Conferences in 2012 and 2013, and upon returning to his native Elko County, Gerber organized the Great Basin Chapter.  “In Miami I saw the power of having an active organization that promotes religious liberty in the community, and I wanted to bring that power home,” Gerber said.  “We had a great turnout at our first meeting, and I am excited that others want to be a part of this organization.”

The Nevada Great Basin Chapter discussed plans for service projects in the community, including a work project for a local church park, a series of interfaith marriage and family seminars, and ways in which the Chapter can serve as a beacon for religious liberty in the community.

“This community is home to the largest gold mining district in North America, but the religious liberty that we enjoy is worth far more than gold,” Gerber said.  “We can and should work to uphold that liberty and build unity through our faith in the community.”

By Zachary Gerber

Posted: January 20, 2015