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Conference & Events
The Law Society provides organized conferences and events that help members fulfill the unique mission of the Law Society.
Consistently joining with others who share like-minded goals and values allows Law Society members to more effectively affirm the Law Society's unique mission through public service and professional excellence. Holding meetings and events on a regular basis provides vitality to individual Chapters and a forum for fellowship, communication, mentoring, networking, and motivation to achieve the goals declared in the Law Society's mission statement.
Individual Chapter Events
Calendar of Chapter Events
Chapters should produce a calendar of events on a yearly basis and post it as part of their Chapter page on www.jrcls.org. Notice of the updated calendar of events should be sent around to Chapter members.
Publicity for Chapter Events
Chapter events should be publicized at least via e-mail and websites, and if appropriate by mailings, flyers, newsletters, and other means. Experience shows that maximum attendance occurs when the Chapter Board and other volunteers make personal phone calls and other direct one-on-one contact inviting Chapter members to attend and to RSVP as necessary. Establishing and promoting a Calendar of Chapter Events or at least a regular meeting schedule also results in greater attendance.
Types of Chapter Events
Chapters are free to select the types of events that are most appropriate for their Chapters and the needs of their members. However, regular Chapter events should be held. The following are some of the types of events that many Chapters have held.
Our most successful Chapters usually have one major annual event. Any affiliated Student Chapters usually participate in this event as well. Often the annual event takes the form of a dinner or lunch. Some Chapters hold these in connection with a presentation by a significant key-note speaker, the annual fireside broadcast, an annual award presentation, or some other attraction that will help draw their members to the event. Some Chapters use their annual event as a means for generating revenue for the Chapter. New Chapters often use kick-off events to start their Chapters, which then become the basis for their annual event. Some Chapters have found an annual event is an excellent time to:
- Recognize, install, or release Chapter officers and board members;
- Conduct other important Chapter business;
- Announce upcoming events;
- Publicize notable successes of the Chapter or the Law Society or employ new initiatives;
- Recruit new members;
- Outreach to others who are not part of the Law Society;
- Honor prominent Chapter members or others who exemplify the values of the Law Society; and
- Hear an inspiring message from a notable speaker.
Successful Chapters hold regular meetings throughout the year. Sometimes these take the form of monthly or quarterly lunches or breakfasts featuring an invited speaker or a specific topic of discussion. Student Chapters in particular might meet as often as weekly throughout the school year and study from the lesson outlines available at this location. For some Lawyer Chapters these meetings often provide opportunities for Continuing Legal Education ("CLE") credit if the proper procedures are followed as outlined by the jurisdiction in which CLE is being sought. Some Lawyer Chapters have become accredited CLE providers to accommodate this. Chapters should make sure they have reviewed and complied with local CLE requirements if they elect to promote an event as being a source for CLE credit.
If there is a charge for members to attend such meetings, the costs should be reasonable or subsidized by sponsors or other Chapter revenue so as not to exclude members from attending these regular meetings. Lawyer and Student Chapters in the same areas are encouraged to coordinate their meetings and invite each other to attend them as appropriate.
Regional and Society Wide Events
- An Annual Conference is held each year usually in February. The location of the conference rotates to different host law schools. Proposals to host the Annual Conference in a specific location are submitted to the Conference and Events Committee Chair. All members of the Society are invited to attend the Annual Conference. Sponsorship of the Annual Conference by law firms, corporations, law schools, and individuals is encouraged. The Annual Conference website jrclsconference.com provides details about the upcoming conference.
- A Leadership Conference is held each year usually on the Thursday and Friday before October General Conference. The Chapter Chair and Chair-elect of Attorney Chapters, a representative of the Chapter WIL, and other designated Law Society leaders, including the Student Chapters Board, should try to attend the Leadership Conference. Student Chapter chairs are invited to attend as well. This conference is a working meeting of the Society leadership as well as an excellent opportunity to train and motivate Law Society leaders.
- Regional Conferences are planned and carried out worldwide on a periodic basis. Successful regional conferences have been held outside of North America in such locations as Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and West Africa. Regional Conferences are authorized by the Law Society Executive Committee and coordinated through a subcommittee of the Conference & Events Committee. All members of the Law Society are invited to attend any Regional Conference.
Other Keynote Events
- An Annual Fireside generally originates in Salt Lake City early in the year and is broadcast over the Church satellite system. Each Chapter is encouraged to hold an event in connection with the fireside. The Annual Fireside is typically rebroadcast at least once within a few hours of the live broadcast. DVD copies of the broadcast are distributed to Chapter leaders worldwide for use in local Chapter events.
- Education Week Continuing Legal Education (CLE) courses are offered as part of the annual BYU Education Week programming. Click here for CLE registration and course information. CLE courses covering a broad range of legal topics are presented by individuals and panels throughout Education Week. Typically, 15-20 hours of CLE courses pre-approved by the Utah Bar are available each year. The CLE courses are available for a CLE fee in addition to the standard Education Week registration fee. The cost per CLE credit during Education Week is lower than the cost of most conventional CLE courses.