Thursday, December 30, 2010

Oquirrh Mountain Mormon Temple Gunman Heavily Armed


  • Police: Mormon Temple gunman heavily armed, possibly mentally ill. Deseret News
  • Police: Man killed outside Mormon Temple had machete, rifle, shot guns, and multiple swords. Washington Post

Monday, December 13, 2010

Pictures of ASU's Ross-Blakley Law Library


















Sunday, December 12, 2010

Pictures of ASU's Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law

Below are some pictures I took of Arizona State University's Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law. Later I'll post the pictures I took of ASU's Ross-Blakley Law Library. The law school and library aren't connected but are separated by 10 feet of cement, see picture below (the law library is on the left hand side of the picture and the law school is on the right). On a side note I hate it when law schools and the law libraries aren't connected. 






Below is a picture of the law school's Great Hall.



Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Legal Briefs: Phoenix Temple, PA Church, Woman Arrested in Church

  • Residents of a Phoenix, Arizona neighborhood will have a meeting to discuss the height of the proposed Mormon Temple. Arizona Republic
  • LDS Church appears clear of legal hurdles to construct a new church in East Hempfield Township. Residents' appeal was denied by county judge. Lancaster Online
  • Naked woman arrested inside an LDS meetinghouse in West Jordan, Utah. Deseret News

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Expert in 1847 Mexican Immigration Law?


I recently came across a letter to the editor in the Salt Lake Tribune contrasting the Mormons who settled in the Great Salt Lake Valley in the summer of 1847 to the Mexicans illegally living in this country at this time. In July of 1847, when Brigham Young and his band of Mormon pioneers reached what is now Utah they were actually in Mexico. I've read statements by other people that Mormons should not support the enforcement of United States' immigrations laws because they themselves were the first illegal aliens to live in "Utah".

Does anyone know if that is a true statement? Was Brigham Young and the rest of the Mormon settlers illegally living in Mexico? Is anyone out there an expert in what Mexico's immigration laws were in 1847?

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Legal Briefs: Philadelphia Temple, Utah Illegal Aliens, Sued for Tithing

  • Utah may offer a better model than Arizona for dealing with illegal immigrants. The Economist
  • LDS Church being sued for tithing paid by suspected fraudster. Deseret News

Thursday, July 29, 2010

2010 JRCLS Religious Freedom Writing Competition


Religious Freedom Student Writing Competition

Open to all JRCLS Student Members
Purpose:  To promote quality research and writing by the student members of the Society on the important topic of religious freedom.
Form:  Scholarly paper of at least 2000 words, but not more than 3000 words, typed, thoroughly cited and presented in publishable format.  Papers must conform to bluebook requirements and may include footnotes.  Word count refers to text, exclusive of footnotes. 
Submission:  All papers must be submitted no later than August 21, 2010 by e-mail to papers@jrclsdc.org. Please submit papers in pdf or docx formats. You will receive e-mail confirmation of submission.  If you don't get a confirmation, please call Jennifer at 1-703-753-4543.
Awards:
First Place: $1,500 cash award plus a $500 travel reimbursement to attend Awards Dinner in Washington DC in October 2010.
Second Place: $1000 cash award
Third Place:  $500 cash award
Honorable Mentions: Additional meritorious papers will be recognized.
Selection:  Awards announced the first week of September 2010.
Questions:  Inquiries may be directed to papers@jrclsdc.org

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Legal Briefs: Illegal Immigration and Mormons

  • The Fierce Immigration Debate Continues in Mormon Communities. Mormon Times
  • Lest anyone forget, the Bar Exam begins in 36 hours!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

LAPD Releases Video of LA Temple Arson Suspect

Yesterday the Los Angeles Police Department released a video of the man who attempted to burn down the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint's Los Angeles Temple. The video shows a man with a backpack and thermos attempt to enter a locked door of the temple. Shortly thereafter a "suspicious fire" broke out in the temple's garden area. Anyone with information is asked to call the Major Crime Division at (213) 486-7260. Let's find this guy before he kills someone.

Friday, June 25, 2010

2010 Top Ten Law Schools by Points


Above is a break down by points of each law school considered for the 2010 Top Ten Most Mormon Friendly Law Schools. I meant to post it a long time ago but haven't had the time and I was having a hard time getting it to embed in the page from Scribed, so here is a JPEG of the list. Click HERE for an explanation of how the points were derived.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Mormon Missionary Killer Sentenced to 38 Years

James Boughton Jr. has been sentenced to prison for 38 years for killing one Mormon missionary and wounding a second in a January 2006 attack in Chesapeake, Virginia. Twenty-three-year-old Boughton was sentenced Monday in a Chesapeake Circuit Court.

In December 2008, jurors convicted Boughton in the shooting death of Elder Morgan W. Young of Bountiful, Utah. Boughton also was convicted of wounding Elder Joshua Heidbrink of Greeley, Colorado. The missionaries were shot while knocking on doors.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Legal Briefs: Mongolia Mormon Missionaries, Anti-Bias Ordinance, Valerie Hudson

  • Due to a recent change in Mongolia's VISA laws some Mormon missionaries have had to leave the country. Salt Lake Tribune 
  • West Valley City, Utah's city council to consider anti-bias ordinance which would protect gay and transgender people from housing and employment discrimination. Salt Lake Tribune 
  • BYU's Valerie Hudson was recently announced as one of the top 100 global thinkers by Foreign Policy. Mormon Times. I took several classes from her as a student at BYU and I can vouch that she is an amazing thinker. One of my all-time favorite teachers.

Monday, March 1, 2010

2010 Top Ten Most Mormon Friendly Law Schools

1.      1. Arizona State University, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law
Number of registered J. Reuben Clark Law Society Members: 65
Cost of Living: $12,952
Cost of Tuition: $28,858
Distance to Nearest LDS Temple: 10 Miles
US News Ranking: 55


2. (Tie) University of Minnesota School of Law
Number of registered J. Reuben Clark Law Society Members: 26
Cost of Living: $13,392
Cost of Tuition: $35,089
Distance to Nearest LDS Temple: 18 Miles
US News Ranking: 20


2University of Nevada, Las Vegas – William S. Boyd School of Law
Number of registered J. Reuben Clark Law Society Members: 26
Cost of Living: $14,260
Cost of Tuition: $21,332
Distance to Nearest LDS Temple: 13 Miles
US News Ranking: 75


3. George Washington School of Law
Number of registered J. Reuben Clark Law Society Members: 67
Cost of Living: $20,500
Cost of Tuition: $40,100
Distance to Nearest LDS Temple: 10 Miles
US News Ranking: 28


4. George Mason University School of Law
Number of registered J. Reuben Clark Law Society Members: 28
Cost of Living: $21,134
Cost of Tuition: $31948
Distance to Nearest LDS Temple: 21 Miles
US News Ranking: 41


5.      5. Texas Tech University School of Law
Number of registered J. Reuben Clark Law Society Members: 11
Cost of Living: $12,990
Cost of Tuition: $20,701
Distance to Nearest LDS Temple: 7 Miles
US News Ranking: 0

6.      6. University of Houston Law Center
Number of registered J. Reuben Clark Law Society Members: 16
Cost of Living: $15,536
Cost of Tuition: $25,977
Distance to Nearest LDS Temple: 29 Miles
US News Ranking: 59


7. Gonzaga University School of Law
Number of registered J. Reuben Clark Law Society Members: 33
Cost of Living: $14,375
Cost of Tuition: $30,263
Distance to Nearest LDS Temple: 12 Miles
US News Ranking: 100


8.      8. University of Idaho School of Law
Number of registered J. Reuben Clark Law Society Members: 45
Cost of Living: $15,270
Cost of Tuition: $20,962
Distance to Nearest LDS Temple: 83 Miles
US News Ranking: 0


9. Oklahoma City University School of Law
Number of registered J. Reuben Clark Law Society Members: 35
Cost of Living: $16,660
Cost of Tuition: $30,970
Distance to Nearest LDS Temple: 15 Miles
US News Ranking: 0


10. Lewis & Clark Law School
Number of registered J. Reuben Clark Law Society Members: 6
Cost of Living: $16,345
Cost of Tuition: $30,461
Distance to Nearest LDS Temple: 5 Miles
US News Ranking: 61



Honorable Mentions: (3 Way Tie)

Ohio State University Moritz College of Law
Number of registered J. Reuben Clark Law Society Members: 9
Cost of Living: $17,870
Cost of Tuition: $35,869
Distance to Nearest LDS Temple: 9 Miles
US News Ranking: 35


University of Nebraska School of Law
Number of registered J. Reuben Clark Law Society Members: 11
Cost of Living: $11,476
Cost of Tuition: $25,101
Distance to Nearest LDS Temple: 58 Miles
US News Ranking: 0


University of Virginia School of Law
Number of registered J. Reuben Clark Law Society Members: 47
Cost of Living: $15,700
Cost of Tuition: $41,800
Distance to Nearest LDS Temple: 119 Miles
US News Ranking: 10


Sunday, February 28, 2010

2010 Top Ten Most Mormon Friendly Law School Point System Explained

Below is an explanation of the point system used to create the 2010 Top Ten list.

Neither Brigham Young University's J. Reuben Clark School of Law or the University of Utah's S.J. Quinney College of Law were considered for the top ten most "Mormon Friendly" law school list. This was not done as a slight to either school but simply to make the list more exciting. If BYU and the U had been included they would have ranked #1 and #2 respectively.

The top ten list was created to help "Mr./Mrs. Mormon Pre-Law Student" develop a better sense of what law school might be interested in attending. For the purposes of the top ten list it is assumed that the law student is married with one child.

How is "Mormon Friendly" defined? Taking the totality of the circumstances into consideration what would be the best law school for "Mr./Mrs. Mormon Pre-Law Student" to attend?

Why include the cost of living and tuition in the Top Ten list? After last year's top ten list was published several commenters expressed their opinion that the cost of attending a law school shouldn't have anything to do with how "Mormon friendly" it is. I disagree. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has taught the benefits of frugality and the heavy burden of debt for decades. In fact this is one of the reasons that tithing funds are used to subsidize the cost of tuition and some housing at Brigham Young University. This leads to my premise; the cheaper the cost of tuition + the cheaper the cost of living = less debt = Mormon friendly.

The first element measured was the number of law students REGISTERED (on the official JRCLS website) as J. Reuben Clark Law Society Members at a particular law school. Each Mormon law student was worth 2 points. George Washington School of Law had the most law students registered at 76.

The second element measured was the cost of living. The lower the cost of living the more points a particular law school received up to a maximum of 100 points. Any school that cost less than $12,000 received all 100 points. The more expensive the cost of living the less points the law school received down to 0 points. Any school that had a cost of living more than $22,000 received 0 points.

The cost of tuition was the third element measured. The less expensive the law school the more points they received up to a maximum of 100 points. The more expensive the law school the less points they received down to a minimum of 0 points. Any school that cost less than $24,000 per year received all 100 points. Any law school that cost more than $42,000 per year received 0 points. For every two thousand dollar increase in tuition a school lost 10 points.

The fourth element measured was the distance of the nearest LDS Temple to the law school. Each school started out with 100 points and lost 1 point for every mile they are from the nearest temple. For law schools more than 100 miles from the nearest LDS Temple they received 0 points.

The fifth element measured was the law school's US News and World Report Ranking. Each law school started out with 100 points and then lost 1 point for its distance from the first place. For example the law school ranked 25th in the US News and World Report Ranking would receive 75 points. Why include the US News and World Report Ranking? For good and bad the law school ranking can have a very big impact on how many job offers a graduating law student has and in what income bracket.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Reminder: Top Ten Mormon Friendly Law Schools

Don't forget to mark your Google Calendars. On Monday, March 1, we will announce the 2010 Top Ten most Mormon friendly law schools in the country. Will there be a new number one? Check back on the first to find out.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Legal Briefs: President Hinckley death threat, Phoenix temple, Int'l Day of Service, Bomb Scare


  • FBI: Former LDS Church President Gordon B. Hinckley had his life threatened. ABC 4 
  • Phoenix Mormon temple issue still "on the table" for coalition, LDS Church leaders. AZ Central 
  • Don't forget that this Friday, January 22nd. is the International Day of Service. Whether you live in an area where you can participate with an organized J. Reuben Clark Law Society student chapter event or if you have to do something by yourself. Make it a day to remember and do something that will make the world a little better place!
  • Suspicious package (appeared to be a bomb) was left at an LDS Church meeting house in Menifee, California. KCAL 9 

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Legal Briefs: Land Purchase, Harry Reid, Anti-Mormons, Missionary Killer




  • LDS Church acquires 13 acres of land in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah. Deseret News
  • Senator Harry Reid of Nevada is named 2009 Mormon of the Year. St. Louis Post (No, I'm sorry to report that this is not a joke). 
  • Anti-Mormon Vandals target a Sacramento, California area family. CBS
  • A Virginia Circuit Court judge denied James Boughton Jr's appeal for a new trial. Boughton shot two Mormon missionaries in January 2006. Elder Morgan Young was killed and though his companion Elder Joshua Heidbrink was also shot, he did not die. Boughton sought a new trial based on alleged juror misconduct. Virginia Pilot 

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Legal Briefs: Mormon uprising, Philadelphia Mormon Temple, Rex Rammell

  • Fraud suspect in Mississippi claims he can stop an Obama overthrow plot and Mormon uprising but only if he's freed. Fox8.com 
    • Idaho gubernatorial candidate Rex Rammell's (Mormon) call for a private meeting with Mormon elders has drawn national attention. Standard Journal 

    Wednesday, January 6, 2010

    LDS Church to Work with Phoenix Temple Opponents

    Mormon Church officials announced Monday that they will work with the Phoenix residents opposed to the proposed temple. Phoenix residents gathered more than 16,000 signatures--enough to qualify for a referendum. Once all the signatures are verified the city council will reconsider the temple zoning issue, if the city council upholds its decision to allow the zoning variance the issue will go before voters in the 2011 General election.

    Even though some residents are against the temple the LDS Church plans on building the temple.
    Opposing this temple is as stupid as when Phoenicians blocked a Donald Trump skyscraper in its Biltmore business district because they thought it was too tall. What a great decision that turned out to be...


    Tuesday, January 5, 2010

    Harvard Law School to Present Elder Dallin H. Oaks

    The Mormonism 101 Series Presents Elder Dallin Oaks -- Feb 26 at 5:00 pm

    The Harvard Law School Latter-day Saint Students Organization is pleased to announce this year’s edition of the annual Mormonism 101 Series. Each year, the Mormonism 101 Series brings a prominent Latter-day Saint member of the legal or academic community to discuss the basic tenets of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and answer any questions that students or others have about the church. This year Harvard is especially proud to present Elder Dallin H. Oaks, a member of the LDS Church’s highest governing body!

    Apart from his prominent position in the church, Dallin Oaks has had a remarkably distinguished legal career, beginning at the University of Chicago Law School, where he was the Editor-in-Chief of the Chicago Law Review.  After law school, he served as a law clerk to Chief Justice Earl Warren of the United States Supreme Court and then worked as an attorney for Kirkland & Ellis.  He then went on to teach at Chicago Law School for over a decade, serving for a time as interim dean. His tenure at the University of Chicago Law School ended when he was made president of Brigham Young University, where he also served for a decade.  This position, in turn, gave way to an appointment to the Utah Supreme Court, where he served as a justice throughout the early 1980s.  During this time, he was also chairman of the board of the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS).  He resigned from the Utah Supreme Court when he was called as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a position he still holds.

    The value of this opportunity to hear Elder Oaks speak, and to ask questions about the Mormon faith from one who can speak on behalf of the Church (and not just as a member of the faith) cannot be overstated.  Moreover, Elder Oaks’s legal accomplishments are virtually unparalleled.  In 1979, the U.S. Supreme Court called his scholarly work “the most comprehensive study on the exclusionary rule” and in both 1976 and 1981, he was on the short list of potential nominees to the United States Supreme Court.

    Hopefully someone who attends this event can share with us what they learn.