Legal Briefs: Utah Justice Centers & Muslim Ban

  • Women Leaders Tour Justice Center in Utah. LDS Church Newsroom. A donation from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will enhance on-site medical services at 8 children’s justice center locations in Utah.
  • Persecution of early Mormons underscores error in U.S. ban of Muslims, LDS legal scholars argue in court brief. Salt Lake Tribune. The U.S. government once attacked Mormons of their faith, blocked LDS immigrants from entering the country or jailed them at the border. It even tried to coerce some of them into converting to Protestantism. It should not make the same mistake with Muslims, Mormon legal scholars and historians argue in a friend-of-the-court brief filed Thursday against President Donald Trump’s executive order banning immigrants from six mostly Muslim nations.

Mormon Lawyers’ Blog Has Migrated to WordPress!

Since 2008 the Mormon Lawyers’ Blog was hosted on Blogger. However, we are now using Word press for our blog and website platform. We hope this switch will make the blog look and function better. Additionally, we hope to eventually migrate the LDS Legal Link directory of LDS attorney into this website. The directory of LDS attorneys is currently in its own free-standing website.

If you aren’t already following us on Facebook and Twitter feel free to join the conversation!

Mormon Apostle Dallin H. Oaks Speaks Out Against Kim Davis

  • “Elder Oaks makes national news with statement on gay rights, religious liberty” Deseret News
  • “Mormon Leader: Kentucky Clerk Taking Wrong Approach on Gays” ABC News
  • “Mormon apostle Oaks: Kentucky clerk wrong not to issue same-sex marriage licenses”SL Trib
  • “Mormon leader speaks out against Kim Davis, urges balance in religious freedom” Wash. Post


University of South Carolina Law School Adds JRCLS Chapter

It appears that the University of South Carolina’s Law School is bursting at the seams with six LDS law students! Because of this huge influx of LDS law students the school has established a JRCLS Student Chapter.

I’m very excited for the students and hope that this is the beginning of another great student chapter.

BTW, I can’t find the webpage with a list of all JRCLS Student Chapters, anybody know where it is?

BYU Law School Fellowship Program

The J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University is seeking applicants for the BYU Law School Fellowship Program, commencing in the Fall 2013 Semester. A successful applicant will have a J.D. degree, an outstanding academic background, a commitment to producing influential and enduring scholarship, and a devotion to high quality teaching. Applicants may contact D. Gordon Smith directly.
The BYU Law School Fellowship Program is intended to provide promising law graduates who are preparing to enter the market for tenure-track teaching positions with an opportunity to gain teaching experience and to make substantial progress on their personal scholarly projects. Fellows will be appointed for a one-year term that is renewable for a maximum of one additional year, with the expectation that the Fellow will participate in the Association of American Law Schools faculty recruitment process during the fall of their second year. During their appointment, Fellows will teach one course each semester. The courses will be selected based on the professional goals of the Fellow and the needs of the school. Fellows will have the opportunity to participate fully in the intellectual life of the law school, including faculty workshops and conferences. It is expected that Fellows will complete one scholarly article in the first year of residence and make substantial progress on a second piece during the second year. Fellows will have at least one opportunity to present a paper in the faculty workshop series and, more generally, to receive mentoring from faculty members in preparation for the academic job market. 
Fellows will receive a $50,000 stipend, health benefits, an office, secretarial support, and some funding for research support and travel.
Preference is given to qualified candidates who are members in good standing of the affiliated church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Employment at BYU requires observance of Church standards.