J. Reuben Clark Law Society

Kansas City Chapter Serves up Barbecue and Professional Attire to those in Need

The Kansas City, Missouri JRCLS chapter held its annual dinner in November, topping off the menu with some tasty barbecue. “We are Kansas City, after all!” commented Chapter Chair Angel Zimmerman. The annual dinner typically draws about eighty people from both Kansas and Missouri, including students from four surrounding law schools.
Jeff and Marge Clayton were the guest speakers.  Brother Clayton, former mission president for the LDS Church over the Kansas City area, and his wife, shared experiences of providing legal services to the Church in Africa. Previous Chapter Chair, Clint Patterson, stated, “[my wife] and I were very moved emotionally and spiritually as the Clayton’s shared their experiences of helping to move the Lord’s work forward in Africa. As we listened it was undeniable that the Lord is aware of all of his children throughout the world, hears and answers prayers and is directing the work. An important truth that was again impressed upon us is that the Lord’s timetable is often not ours. We must work and pray diligently, follow impressions and be prepared to walk through the doors He opens when the time is right. We left feeling uplifted and inspired.”
Jeremiah Morgan, immediate past International Chair of the Law Society, received the Douglas M. Beck award for outstanding servant leadership. The award was initiated by the Kansas City Chapter Chair, Clint Patterson, when the Law Society’s 2014 International Conference was held in Kansas City. Morgan told the group, “Doug Beck and his wonderful wife Sandy, were tremendous examples and dear friends to my wife and I. And I am so grateful to have known, and to be associated with Doug and his legacy of leadership, devotion, and goodness.”
But the Kansas City Chapter isn’t all about serving famous barbecue. Earlier this year, it’s Women in Law Group joined forces with the Kansas Women Attorney Association to collect professional attire to prepare women for interviews and jobs in professional settings. Hundreds of suits, items of business attire, and shoes were collected at the Kansas Women Attorney Assocation annual Lindsborg conference. The JRCLS Chapter continued the clothing drive in the fall and branched out to not only request women’s clothing but men’s suits as well.  Washburn Law School and University of Missouri Kansas City Law School student chapters also held professional clothing drives. The clothing has been distributed to a variety of organizations that have professional clothing banks.
By Angel Zimmerman, Kansas City Chapter and WIL Chair

Posted: February 3, 2016