J. Reuben Clark Law Society

Revitalizing a Chapter with Women in Law

Although the boundaries of the Utah Central Chapter include Provo—the gathering place of the Annual J. Reuben Clark Law Society Leadership Conference on Brigham Young University Campus and Aspen Grove—the chapter hasn’t had much activity in recent years. That is, until a recent event that shows promise to revitalize the chapter beyond the annual efforts of the International Law Society. Discussing the possibilities of a new initiative, the chapter board determined that a vital piece of chapter activity would be to reach out to the specific needs of its female attorneys.

So, the Utah Central Chapter has established a regular lunch the second Friday of every month at various locations throughout the chapter. Jade Swartzberg Farris, Utah Central Chapter Women in Law Chair, explains, “We want these lunches to be an informal opportunity to socialize and connect with other female attorneys who have had similar experiences and, perhaps, similar challenges.” The first lunch was held on Friday, May 12 at Good Thyme Eatery in Provo, a farm to table establishment. The food was delicious but the company even better: the 10 women in attendance encompassed recent graduates, seasoned attorneys, full-time, part-time, and one inactive status attorney.

L-R: Marie Kulbeth, Jade Swartzberg Farris, Babata
Sonnenberg, Gwen Wolfe Wilkinson, Amy Fiene,
Casi Bludorn, Danielle Dallas, Kim Buhler Thomas, Wendy
“We were pleased with the turnout of our first Women in Law lunch. Thanks to those who took the time to come. It was so nice to see some familiar faces and make some new friends and connections. Besides giving us a chance to socialize, we hope these lunches will help women to feel connected and supported as we navigate our legal careers and family life,” said Jade Swartzberg Farris. The Utah Central Chapter also hopes to use the Women in Law lunches to create the network to support the nearby BYU Law Student chapter, the JRCLS Conference and Events Committee with the planning and execution of the 2018 Annual Conference in Salt Lake City, and to revitalize pro bono efforts to positively impact the community.

By Danielle Dallas, Media Committee and Utah Central Chapter Chair

Posted: May 31, 2017