J. Reuben Clark Law Society

Elder Dallin Oaks Attends Inaugural JRCLS Regional Conference in Mexico City.

Elder Oaks greets attendees
Mexico City has been in the headlines recently with civil demonstrations protesting the increase in fuel prices, but something extraordinary and exciting happened there on January 13-14, 2017 – the first ever J. Reuben Clark Law Society regional conference in Mexico!  Attorneys from all over Mexico came to participate in this landmark conference.
L-R Leobardo Tenorio, Chapter Chair,Tijuana Chapter;
Adán Ordaz, Chapter Chair, Merida Chapter; Manuel
Rojas, Federal Magistrate and Chapter Chair, Puebla
Chapter;Isaías Reyes, Chair of Religious Liberty
Committee, Mexico City Chapter

The support and excitement for the conference was preceded by the enthusiasm that Mexican attorneys and law students have shown for the J. Reuben Clark Law Society over the past year.  Fourteen months ago the Mexico City chapter was the only JRCLS chapter in Mexico.  Since then, chapters of the Society have been established in Tijuana, Queretaro, Monterrey, Tuxtla-Gutierrez, Puebla, Guadalajara, and Merida.  Ginny Isaacson, the JRCLS International Chair, observed, “A lot of the most recent growth [of the JRCLS] has been here in Mexico.”  Members from all eight of the Mexico chapters attended the conference.

At the Friday evening session, held  at the Chamber of Deputies, (the Mexican equivalent of the U.S. House of Representatives), an audience of about 300 heard talks from several notable speakers, including Mariano Azuela (retired former chief justice of the Mexican Supreme Court), Paul B. Pieper (Mexico Area President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints), and Dallin H. Oaks (member of the Quorum of the Twelve of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints).  
Ginny Isaacson
In commemoration of the 100-year anniversary of the signing of the Mexican Constitution, their talks addressed the subject of constitutional rights and, in particular, religious liberty.  In addition, Kevin Kimball, the JRCLS Mexico                         Mariano Azuela, Former Chief Justice of
        the Supreme Court of Mexico
Area Director, shared his conviction that the astronomical growth of the Law Society in Mexico is Spirit-driven.  Ginny Isaacson congratulated the new members and shared some lessons learned through her participation in the JRCLS regarding the importance of service.  Ginny also participated in a “Women in Law” session that was held prior to the conference.

The Saturday sessions of the conference, which took place in the historic Hotel Geneve, included workshops and panel discussions that addressed the practical challenges of promoting religious freedom, providing community service, and encouraging ethical behavior.  Bill Atkin, Associate General Counsel for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and Deano Ware, the attorney who defended his local Lutheran church in the landmark Hosanna-Tabor case, as well as several illustrious Mexican lawyers, led the discussions.  Approximately seventy attorneys attended the Saturday sessions, representing all areas of Mexico and several faiths, including Catholic, Jewish, Protestant and Mormon.

The JRCLS Mexico regional conference was planned and carried out in a very professional manner by the Mexico City chapter, headed by Samuel Morales, the chapter chair.  It is clear that attorneys in Mexico want and need the J. Reuben Clark Law Society, and the Law Society will be blessed by the faith and strength of the lawyers in Mexico.

By Elder Emron M. Pratt, Jr. and Sister Julia Edwards Pratt, full-time missionaries assigned to the LDS Church’s Office of General Counsel in Mexico

Posted: January 27, 2017