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.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Legal Briefs: Duke Law School, Mexican Consulate Shooting, Brookline


  • Mormon among those killed in Mexican consulate shootings. Ke Alakai 
  • Bookline, Massachusetts residents are petitioning the zoning board of appeals to reject Mormon Church. They feel that the proposed meeting house is far too big for the lot. Boston.com 

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.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

2010 Religious Freedom Writing Competition

Religious Freedom Writing Competition

Open to All JRCLS Student Members

Purpose: The purpose of the writing competition is to promote quality research and writ-ing by the student members of the Society on the important topic of religious freedom. The competition is being sponsored by the DC Chapter of the Society and the International Center for Law and Religion Studies.

Awards: First Place-- $1,500 cash award plus a $500 travel reimbursement to attend the award dinner in Washington DC in the fall at which award winners will be recognized.
Second Place-- $1,000 cash award.
Third Place-- $500 cash award.
Honorable Mentions— Additional meritorious papers may be recognized. One or more of the award winning papers will be published online and possibly in print.


Submission: All papers must be submitted by no later than August 1, 2010 by e-mail to papers@jrclsdc.org. You will receive e-mail confirmation of submission. If you do not, please contact Jen at 703-753-4543.


Form: A scholarly paper of at least 2000 words, but not more than 3000 words, typed, thoroughly cited and presented in a publishable format on the topic of religious liberty.


Selection: Awards will be announced the first week of September.


Questions: Questions concerning the writing competition may be directed to papers@jrclsdc.org.

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