Virtue, Liberty and Law; Rendering unto Caesar and unto God: Overview of the Inaugural Annual Conference of the UK and Ireland Chapter
The United Kingdom & Ireland Chapter of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society held its inaugural annual conference, “Virtue, Liberty and Law; Rendering unto Caesar and unto God,” at the Preston Temple site in England on June 10, 2016. The chapter was delighted to welcome Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as keynote speaker, who was accompanied by his wife, Sister Kristen M. Oaks. Elder Oaks invited participating world religious freedom expert, Professor Cole Durham, to address the conference further during Elder Oaks’ remarks.
The chapter also welcomed other distinguished guest speakers drawn from the Law Society, the LDS Church, academia, the judiciary, and the legal profession. This notable list included the following:
Virginia Isaacson, International Chair of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society
William Atkin, Associate General Counsel for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Professor Cole Durham, Professor of Law & Founding Director of the International Center for Law and Religion Studies, J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University (BYU)
Professor Neville Rochow S.C., Barrister (Australia), Adjunct Professor at Notre Dame Law School (Sydney) and University of Adelaide Law School, Government Relations Missionary to EU Institutions, Brussels
Professor David Kirkham, Academic Director & Professor, BYU London Centre, Senior Fellow, International Center for Law and Religion Studies, J. Reuben Clark Law School, BYU
Katie McColgan, Senior Partner, Mediator, Berry Smith LLP, Wales
David Pickup, Judge, Asylum and Immigration Tribunal, Chairman of the Mental Health Review Tribunal, England and Wales
Alison Humphreys, District Judge, Basildon County Court, England
Professor Neville Rochow SC
Sandy Ogunbote, Magistrate, Stratford Magistrates’ Court, England
Janet Pickup, Magistrate, East Lancashire Magistrates’ Court, England
Dr Martin Steinfeld, Charnley Fellow in Law, Hughes Hall and Affiliated Lecturer, University of Cambridge
Karl Hirst, Barrister, No 5 Chambers, Birmingham, England
Robert Schwartz, General Counsel, Tyndaris LLP, London, England
Christian Taylor, Barrister, Exchange Chambers, Manchester, England
Peter Rigby, Serious Injury Fee Earner, Fletchers Solicitors, Southport, England
Attending the conference were over one hundred participants of various faiths who traveled from across England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. They were drawn from the spectrum of the legal profession and included students. Law Society members in Europe were also invited to attend the conference and the organizers were delighted to welcome the Chair of the Frankfurt, Germany Chapter. Notably, for many of the participants, this was the first Law Society event they had attended.
Panelists from left to right: Magistrate Janet Pickup, Judge David Pickup, District Judge Alison Humphreys and Magistrate Sandy Ogunbote
The full day conference was generously sponsored by Devonshires Solicitors, with whose support the conference was free to attend. The feedback subsequent to the conference demonstrated it was a resounding success with many exclaiming they hoped to bring friends and colleagues to the conference to be held in 2017.
By: Charlotte Steinfeld
Posted: July 29, 2016