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Annual Fireside on
February 12th

Guest Speaker
Dr. Stephen R. Covey

The fireside will be broadcast live from the Tabernacle on Temple Square at 6:00 p.m. MST (rebroadcast at 7:30 and 9:00 p.m. MST) on the LDS Church Satellite Network. It is accessible at any chapel in North America that has a satellite dish.

We encourage you to gather as a chapter to watch the fireside together. Contact your chapter chair to find out where they will be meeting. Visit
http://jrcls.org/chapters/chapterslist.php to contact your chapter chair.

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JRCLS 2010 Annual Conference Coming Soon



February 11-13, 2010
Salt Lake City, Utah

"Service for Good Through the Law"

Come join us! Network with hundreds of fellow attorneys & law students from across the world, earn up to 6 CLE credits, and hear inspiring messages from noteworthy speakers:


You can register for the conference, and see additional speakers by visiting the official webpage here.

NOTE: Registration fees increase if you sign up after January 22nd.

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JRCLS Student Chapters' International Day of Service



The J. Reuben Clark Law Society motto includes the following statement: “We strive through public service and professional excellence to promote fairness and virtue founded upon the rule of law.” In keeping with this theme, J. Reuben Clark Law Society student chapters around the world will be participating in an "International Day of Service" on January 22, 2010.

The service each chapter renders can be of any kind, but it is the hope that each chapter will engage in a project that enables students to use their legal skills. In addition, service projects should be tailored to the specific needs of the communities in which each JRCLS Student Chapter resides. Contact your local chapter for more information.

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Robert C. O'Brien Named to "Irish Legal 100"

Robert C. O'Brien, the partner-in-charge of the Arent Fox's Los Angeles office, has been named to the “Irish Legal 100” by Irish America magazine and the Irish Voice newspaper.

Mr. O'Brien and his fellow honorees, including the Chief Justice of the United States John Roberts, US District Court Judge Stephen Larson and leading California trial lawyer, Wylie A. Aitken, were recognized at a reception and awards ceremony held November 11 at the Residence of the Irish Ambassador in Washington, DC. “I am truly humbled to be named to the Irish Legal 100 with such accomplished lawyers and judges, especially the Chief Justice of the United States,” said Mr. O'Brien.

Mr. O'Brien thanked Ambassador Michael Collins, who presented the awards, noting that “it was very generous of the Ambassador and Mrs. Collins to have hosted this group of lawyers at the Irish Embassy, where so many of us feel at home.” To read more about Mr. O'Brien and his accomplishments, click
here.

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Chapter News

The Silicon Valley Chapter's annual dinner was well attended with the room filled to capacity by Law Society members, guests and friends. In addition to enjoying a delicious Mexican dinner, attendees had the opportunity to hear from the keynote speaker, Professor Collin Mangrum, author of the book Zion in the Courts: A Legal History of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 1830-1900.

Professor Mangrum's highlighting of selected cases demonstrated the impact that LDS priesthood leaders, most of whom had no formal legal training, had on the development of civil laws. These leaders were inspired using forms of alternative dispute resolution that did not exist in the 19th century, but that are commonly used today.

Other chapters also pulled off successful events, including the Detroit chapter which held its first annual dinner; the Los Angeles chapter, which hosted an event with Ken Starr, a member of the Proposition 8 legal defense team; and Atlanta and San Diego chapters, which also hosted annual dinners.

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JRCLS 2009 Annual Leadership Meetings were Inspiring

The leadership of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society gathered in the beautiful setting of Aspen Grove for the annual leadership meetings in Provo, Utah on October 1-2. Nancy Van Slooten took over as Chair of the Law Society with Doug Bush as Chair-elect.

One of the speakers, James Farrell spoke of the need for an increase civility in legal discourse, citing recent examples of outbursts in society such as Representative Joe Wilson yelling "You lied" to President Obama, and even Kanye West's conquest at the MTV Music Awards. His suggestion was to change our "way of being," such that we view each individual as a person rather than as an object, not elevating ourselves above others, and giving equal weight to others views and opinions as if they were our own. Drawing on references from the Bible, Farrell pointed out that where boasting is "excluded" (Romans 3:27), we are less inclined to be uncivil. The end result should be that we find ourselves no better than our spouse, our children, our neighbor who struggles with sin with which we do not struggle, and so forth.



Reese Hansen instructed those in attendance about the central features of the Law Society and what it encourages its members to do: to bless the communities in which they live through public service and example. He reminded the group that effective public service provides an excellent example of the Church and its members to those that are served, and that LDS lawyers have a solemn duty to serve, given the privilege of a legal education and the power that comes with it.

Also at the conference, several chapters received the Outstanding Chapter Award honoring them for meeting criteria of a well functioning chapter. Award recipients include: Los Angeles, Orange County, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, Southern Arizona, and Seattle.

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