Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Monday, August 29, 2011
Thursday, August 25, 2011
This summer I had the opportunity to work as a law clerk at a small firm in Scottsdale, Arizona. It was my 1L summer, as well as my first real experience with litigation. I gained much invaluable experience and learned many things they just don’t teach in law school. I shared an office with a young associate that recently passed the bar and with whom I had many conversations regarding Christianity and the LDS church.
One afternoon, as I was drafting a motion to file with the court, I began to realize just how easy it might be to “stretch the truth” a little. I certainly wasn’t doing anything unethical, nor was I being encouraged to do so by anyone at the firm. However, I started to understand that there is often a thin line we walk when we represent our client’s best interests. I voiced this concern to the associate with whom I shared an office, only to discover that she had likewise encountered the same problem. We discussed Luke 11:46 – one of the various places that Christ voices his (not-so-gentle) feelings regarding many lawyers. I realized that being an attorney is a noble calling if it is done correctly, but that is something that can only be learned by experience. As we advocate our client’s interests, we need to strive to follow the example of Our Advocate.
On behalf of all law students and young attorneys, I welcome any advice on how to best achieve this goal.
Saturday, August 20, 2011
- Decision about seminary land questioned by Summum attorney. Salt Lake Tribune.
- If polygamy becomes legal will Mormons return to practicing it? BYU's Valerie Hudson (my favorite professor while at the Y) weighs in. Salt Lake Tribune.
- How law schools can produce 'practice ready' grads: start their own law firms. National Law Journal.
Thursday, August 18, 2011
One year after the beginning of my 1L year I am much more comfortable walking into the law school. The heat is still just as oppressive as ever, but the pressure in the classrooms is much more manageable. The first day of classes your 2L year is drastically different than the first day of classes your 1L year. The students no longer have a "deer in the headlights" look, and the professors don't open the class by picking on one student and bombarding him or her with the Socratic Method for an hour. I'm sure my 2L year will be no easy ride, but it certainly looks to be more enjoyable than my first year.
Friday, August 5, 2011
The Continuing Legal Education classes held as part of BYU Education Week begin in just two weeks! Registration costs go up after August 12th, so we encourage you to take advantage of the amazing value this program offers you by registering now.
This year’s program runs from August 16 – 19, 2011, in Provo, Utah, and includes a transactional track on Weds., August 17, a litigation track on Thurs., August 18, and up to three hours of legal ethics CLE credit.
For a complete listing of class schedules and outlines, go to http://ce.byu.edu/edweek/CLE_Classes_Intro.cfm
To register to attend for the entire week, or just for morning or afternoon classes, go to http://ce.byu.edu/edweek/registration.cfm
As a reminder, you must register as a Campus Education Week participant in order to attend the CLE courses. In addition to the Campus Education Week tuition, attorneys seeking Continuing Legal Education credit for the state of Utah are required to pay a $35 fee for the week to be paid at the door of 214 Crabtree Building (this covers the state bar CLE costs). Attorneys seeking credit for other states are required to pay a $20 fee for the week. Participants must check with their respective state bars for verification that the classes will be accepted as CLE credit.