The J. Reuben Clark Law Society is a diverse, worldwide organization with active chapters throughout Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, and North, Central, and South America. With approximately 150 active members, the Orange County chapter is one of the largest and most dynamic. Our chapter hosts approximately six CLE luncheons each year, including an annual Religion & the Law Symposium hosted at Chapman University, women-in-the-law events, and an annual dinner.
The JRCLS emphasizes public service, loyalty to the rule of law and to the Constitution, and appreciation for the religious dimensions in both society at large and in a lawyer’s personal life. The JRCLS Mission Statement reflects these values:
We affirm the strength brought to the law by a lawyer’s personal religious conviction. We strive through public service and professional excellence to promote fairness and virtue founded upon the rule of law.
So far this year, members of the JRCLS and their guests have heard presentations by Deano Ware, Brad Dacus, and Aryeh Kaufman, Three Attorneys Making A Difference; Governor Michael O. Leavitt, Leadership: Statesmanship vs. Gamesmanship; and Hon. Clay M. Smith. Future speakers this year will address subjects such as High Crimes and Misdemeanors: We Can Learn a Lot From Criminals.
Our society is named after an eminent statesman, jurist, and religious leader who embodied the values we espouse. J. Reuben Clark, Jr. served as solicitor of the U.S. State Department and later in the JAG Officers’ Reserve Corps, earning a Distinguished Service Medal in his work for the U.S. Attorney General’s Office during World War II. He also served as Undersecretary of State, publishing the “Clark Memorandum on the Monroe Doctrine,” and then as U.S. Ambassador to Mexico. He later served in the first presidency—as a counselor to President Heber J. Grant—of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Membership in the JRCLS is open to all law students, attorneys, and judges who support our mission statement and share these values. There is no requirement to have attended or graduated from the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University or to be a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. All are welcome who share our mission.
Anyone interested in attending one of our luncheons or joining our organization may contact the JRCLS-OC Chapter Chair Philip.Nelson@knobbe.com or visit our websites at www.jrcls-oc.com and www.jrcls.org.