J. Reuben Clark Law Society

JRCLS Conference Down Under


The annual Asia-Pacific Conference of the J Reuben Clark Law Society was held May 29-31 in Sydney this year and was hosted at The University of Notre Dame Australia's Sydney Law School. But there were a couple of headline pre-conference events.

Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve delivered the Law School's 4th Annual Religious Liberty Lecture on the evening of Wednesday 27 May, and the next night he spoke just to LDS Lawyers and their spouses at Sydney's Hyde Park LDS Chapel and then took questions. To listen to Elder Cook's full religious liberty lecture, use the following link: http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/article/elder-cook-calls-for-global-effort-to-protect-faith-and-religious-freedom.

When the Conference began on the evening of Friday, May 29, the Religious Liberty theme continued. Professor Neil Foster reviewed the state of Religious Liberty in Australia and on Saturday morning, Professor Steven Smith from the University of San Diego's School of Law updated us on developments in the US. 

The Women in the Law panel included two non-LDS lawyers; Justice Margaret Beazley, the President of the New South Wales Court of Appeal and Catherine Osborne who is a partner at Curwoods in Sydney specialising in financial transactions, joined LDS Judge Susan Purdon-Sully of the Australian Federal Circuit Court based in Brisbane. The judges panel included Judge Sue Purdon-Sully, the evergreen Judge Cliff Wallace as well as Judge Wilkens from the Utah Supreme Court, Judge Philip Taylor SC from the NSW District Court, Judge Mark Rice from South Australia's District Court and Judge Jonathan Down from New Zealand's District Court.

The lights from Sydney's famous VIVID festival viewed from the conference dinner venue in the Cambridge Rooms of the Shangri-La Hotel overlooking the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Opera House, Rocks and Circular Quay were expected to consume the evening, but the conversation and fine food completely overwhelmed the view.

A truly great conference, blessed by the attendance of an Apostle of the Lord.

By Keith Thompson, Asia Pacific Conference Chair 


Posted: July 7, 2015

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