The J. Reuben Clark Law Society—Orange County Chapter is part of the larger, international J. Reuben Clark Society. Started in 1988, the founders of the Society sought to emphasize “three basic values and attitudes toward the practice of law in modern society: public service, loyalty to the rule of law and to the Constitution, and appreciation for the religious dimensions in both American society and in a lawyer’s personal life.” Since then, the Society has grown to more than 13,000 members with roughly 67 chapters throughout the nation and 27 international chapters in areas such as Africa, China, Canada, Germany, Mexico, Jordan, Russia, Switzerland, and more.
The J. Reuben Clark Law Society—Orange County Chapter appeals to lawyers whose personal religious conviction guides their lives and manner of practicing law. Our Mission Statement reads: “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.” Although most of our membership is associated with the Latter-day Saint (Mormon) faith, we welcome all judges, attorneys, and law students who believe that a lawyer’s personal religious conviction can and should make a positive difference in how the law serves our society.
We recently sponsored the 10th Annual Orange County Religion & the Law Symposium, a highlight for our society which helps us to explore, celebrate, and protect religious liberty. We hold bi-monthly MCLE presentations on subjects of interest to our membership. We hold an Annual Dinner event each fall featuring a prominent speaker. The highlight of our Annual Dinner is the presentation of the J. Reuben Clark Award to someone who has made significant contributions to the legal community and embodies the values of our Society. These events are great opportunities to network with old friends and meet new ones. Anyone interested in attending one of our luncheons or joining our organization may contact the Orange County Chapter Chair, Brent North, at 949.752.2219, or visit our website at www.jrcls-oc.com.