J. Reuben Clark Law Society

Africa West Chapter Holds 6th Regional Conference

The 6th Regional Conference of the Africa West Chapter of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society was held Friday and Saturday, August 28-29, 2015 in Abuja, Nigeria.  The kickoff event Friday evening was a Mix and Mingle with Charles Adebayo, the Coordinator of Self Reliance in the Nigerian Service Center.  He gave a presentation titled “The Lawyer and Self Reliance”.  The highly instructive lecture enlightened members on steps to take to become self-reliant in the legal profession.  The Chairman of the Chapter’s Pro Bono Committee, Chief Ikechi Wagbara, JP., also reported on the activities of his committee for the year 2014/2015.
Saturday’s opening session featured new member of the Law Society Dominic Asada, Professor of Tax Law and Corporate Governance and a one-time Deputy Dean of Law, University of Jos. Professor Asada delivered a keynote address titled “Taxation and the Law of Tithe: A Sure Way to Self-Reliance”, where he made a salient point that “taxation and tithing are two sides of the same coin” and that both principles emanated from the Lord Jesus Christ.  He pointed to the facts that taxation and tithe are for a good purpose as it is a key to spiritual and economic growth.
A panel discussion followed with Hon. Justice Esohe F. Ikponmwen of the Edo State High Court, Professor Allswell Muzan, and Elder Declan Madu discussing “Religious Freedom and the Law”. Anne ChinasaMpamah served as moderator.  Part of the discussion included the historical origins of religious freedom and three dimensions to religious intolerance: (1) State v. Religion, (2) Religion v. Religion, and (3) Intra-Religious contentions.
Chief Ikechi Wagbara JP., followed with a presentation of a paper: “Starting and growing your law practice”. He explained in detail how a lawyer can start and grow a law firm and practice.  He emphasized the need for prayer, setting priorities, management of time and money efficiently, and hard work.
Ryan Richards, the new Area Legal counsel for the Africa West Area reported on the “State of Legal Matters of the LDS Church in West Africa”.  Jeremiah Morgan, International Chair of the Law Society, joined the conference via Skype.  He implored the attendees and JRCLS West Africa members to work with local leaders, to identify the needy, and to continue to serve.  Elder LeGrand R. Curtis, Jr.,  President of the Africa West Area Presidency, also via Skype.  His concluding remarks pointed out that the purpose of God’s judgment is to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man, while the purpose of the law of the land is to have a free society.  
The Conference closed with the presentation of certificates by Hon. Justice Esohe F. Ikponmwen, followed by an elaborate conference dinner.  Twenty-eight members were in attendance.

Posted: September 3, 2015