J. Reuben Clark Law Society
Orange County Chapter


All luncheons are held at Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear, LLP, 2040 Main St., 2nd Floor, Irvine. There is free validated parking. Most luncheons qualify for MCLE credit. The luncheons are from noon to 1:30 PM.

The costs of luncheons are:   
     - prepaid for Gold and Silver members;   
     - $25 with RSVP for Bronze members;   
     - $30 at the door for Bronze members;   
     - free for Judges and students; and   
     - $35 for all others.

The costs of the annual dinner are:   
     - prepaid for Gold members;   
     - $50 for Silver and Bronze members;   
     - $50 for guests of members;   
     - $25 for students and guests of students;   
     - free for Judges; and   
     - $60 for all other.

Upcoming Events

Thursday, February 15th, 2018

12:00 p.m.

Event Name: 2018 JRCLS Annual Fireside broadcast featuring Judge Thomas B. Griffith

Event Details:The 2018 JRCLS Annual Fireside features remarks by Judge Thomas B. Griffith of United States Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit. The fireside will be broadcast to members of the Orange County Chapter at our February 15 luncheon. There is no charge to attend this event.

Thomas B. Griffith was appointed to the U. S. Court of Appeals for the D. C. Circuit by President George W. Bush in 2005. A native of Washington, D. C., Griffith graduated from Brigham Young University and the University of Virginia School of Law. Immediately prior to his appointment to the bench, Griffith was Assistant to the President and General Counsel of BYU, serving under Presidents Bateman and Samuelson. At BYU, he worked primarily on religious liberty issues in American higher education. Most of his professional career has been spent in Washington, D. C. where he was a litigation partner at a law firm and for four years served as Senate Legal Counsel, the chief legal officer of the U. S. Senate. In that capacity, Griffith advised the Senate’s leadership and committees on a variety of legal matters and participated in the impeachment trial of President Clinton. Before embarking on a legal career, Griffith worked in the Church Educational System as the director of Seminaries and Institutes for the Baltimore, Maryland area.

Judge Griffith has taught courses at the law schools at BYU, Harvard, and Stanford, and has long been involved in rule of law projects in the former communist nations of Eastern Europe and Eurasia. He has served in various capacities in the Church, including as a full-time missionary in southern Africa, an early morning Seminary teacher, a bishop, and a president of a BYU campus stake. He is married to Susan Stell, also a native of Washington, D.C., who is also a graduate of BYU and a professional genealogist. They are the parents of six and the grandparents of nine.

Location: 2040 Main Street, 2nd floor, Irvine CA 92614

Map Link: https://www.google.com/maps/place/2040+Main+St,+Irvine,+CA+92614/@33.6822564,-117.8525402,18z


Past Events

October 26, 2017

Women in the Law Luncheon

October 21, 2017

JRCLS Members Participated in the Public Law Center Citizenship/Naturalization Fair

September 22, 2017

2017 Annual Dinner
Speaker: BYU President Kevin J. Worthen
Topic: "Legal and Ethical Issues Encountered at a Large Church-Sponsored University"

August 17, 2017

Citizenship/Naturalization Fair - Legal Training
The Public Law Center provided 1 hour of legal training in preparation for the Citizenship/Naturalization Fair that will be held on October 21, 2017.

July 20, 2017

D. Gordon Smith, dean of the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University
"Law School Next: the Law School Revolution and Future of Legal Education"

May 18, 2017

World Relief Garden Grove
Speakers: Jose Serrano and Glen Peterson
"The Refugee Crisis: How We Can Help"

April 13, 2017

Luncheon Speaker: Margaret Oak Bailey “Recognizing and Treating Substance Abuse and Addiction” 1 Hour of Competence (Formerly Substance Abuse) CLE Credit Available

March 22, 2017

2017 Religion and the Law Symposium
Speaker: Dr. Katrina Lantos Swett Threats To Religious Freedom Across The Globe, And Why It Matters Here In The USA

February 16, 2017

Fireside Chat Speaker: Ruth Lybbert Renlund

January 19, 2016

Luncheon Speaker: The Honorable Cormac J. Carney – U.S. District Judge, Central District of California "Civility Counts" 1 Hour of Ethics MCLE Credit Available

November 10, 2016

Luncheon Speaker: Alexander Dushku: "Religious Freedom Challenges, Priorities and Areas of Compromise" 

October 14, 2016

Annual Dinner Speaker: Maggie Gallagher "Why Accommodate Conscience? - The Future of Religious Liberty"

July 21, 2016

Luncheon Speaker: Becky Douglas: President. Rising Star Outreach "Helping Leprosy Colonies Become Thriving, Self-Sufficient Communities" Additional information available at this link https://youtu.be/9X_XSnYdBJM

May 19, 2016

Luncheon Speaker: Patrick Mason "Violent and Nonviolent Religious Militancy" - Reflections on Religious Violence and how Religious Communities can Mobilize their own Internal Resources for Peacebuilding. (1 hour CLE)

April 14, 2016

Luncheon Speaker: Brian Fitzpatrick - High Crimes And Misdemeanors: We Can Learn A Lot From Criminals (1 hour CLE)

March 25, 2016

2015 Religion and the Law Symposium Speakers: Deano Ware, Brad Dacus, Aryeh Kaufman Three Attorneys Making A Difference (1.5 hours CLE)

February 18, 2016

Fireside Rebroadcast Speaker: Governor Michael O. Leavitt - former Governor of Utah - Leadership: Statesmanship vs. Gamesmanship

January 21, 2016

Luncheon Speaker: The Honorable Clay M. Smith (1 hour CLE)

November 12, 2015

Luncheon Speaker: The Honorable Francisco F. Firmat

September 18, 2015

Annual Dinner Speaker: Elaine Dalton

July 16, 2015

Luncheon Speaker: Brad Dacus - Religious Freedom (1 hour CLE)

June, 2015

Women in the Law Lunch

May 28, 2015

Luncheon Speaker: Gary Sabin – Business Ethics (1 hour Ethics CLE)

April 16, 2015

Luncheon Speaker: Matthew Holland – The Life of Lincoln (1 hour CLE)

March 26, 2015

2015 Religion and the Law Symposium Speaker: Hanna Smith - More Than A Hobby: Defending Religious Liberty At The U.S. Supreme Court In Burwell v Hobby Lobby

February 26, 2015

Annual JRCLS Fireside Rebroadcast Speaker: Dr. Katrina Lantos Swett - Chair of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom

January 15, 2015

Luncheon Speaker: Timothy Ballard - Operation Underground Railroad: Combatting Child Sex Trafficking

November 13, 2014

Luncheon Speaker: Jon Jensen, CLE Presentation: Legal Affairs in Russia

September 19, 2014

Annual Dinner Speaker: Elder Bruce C. Hafen - "Faith, Reason and the Things of Eternity"

July 17, 2014

Luncheon Speaker: Robert O'Brien - Global Hot Spots (1 hour CLE)

May 15, 2014

Luncheon Speaker: Gary Smith, Lost Legacy - The Mormon Office of Presiding Patriarch

April 17, 2014

Luncheon Speaker: Judge Josephine L. Staton, Elimination of Bias

March 20, 2014

Religion and the Law Symposium

February 20, 2014

Luncheon / Annual Fireside Speaker: Elder Bruce C. Hafen

January 16, 2014

Luncheon Speaker: Neylan McBain, Elimination of Bias CLE Presentation - How the "I'm A Mormon" Campaign Helps Eliminate Bias: Lessons for the Legal Profession

November 21, 2013

Luncheon Speaker: Professor Robert Freeman, CLE Presentation "Legal History of LDS Church"

September 13, 2013

Annual Dinner Speaker: Julie Beck

July 18, 2013

Luncheon Speaker: Judge Randall Wilkinson, "Litigation in the Church's Brazilian Office of General Counsel"

May 16, 2013

Luncheon Speaker: Barbara Mencer, Making Rain Out Of Mist: Three Steps To Building The Practice Of Your Dreams

April 11, 2013

Luncheon Speaker: Hon. Brett G. London, "The Six 'Bewares' of Practicing Law"

March 14, 2013

Religion and the Law Symposium

Friday February 8, 2013

Annual JRCLS Fireside Rebroadcast.

January 17, 2013

Luncheon "What's Going Down in the High School Halls? -- Current Trends in Substance Abuse." Substance Abuse MCLE

November 15, 2012

Luncheon Speaker: Lowell Brown and John Schroeder, Interfaith Collaborators on Article 6 Blog

September 21, 2012

Annual Dinner Speaker: J. Clifford Wallace, Ambassador for the Rule of Law

July 19, 2012

Luncheon Speaker: Joseph Bentley

June, 2012

Women in The Law Section casual gathering

May 24, 2012

Luncheon Speaker: Karen Clemes, "Worldwide employment law trends from the perspective of LDS Church former in-house counsel"

April 19, 2012

Luncheon Speaker: Brent North, "Use it or Lose it! What every JRCLS lawyer must know to protect the First Amendment" 

March 22, 2012

Religion and the Law Symposium Brian W. Walsh, Executive Director of the Ethics and Public Policy Center's new American Religious Freedom program. "Secularism vs. Religious Liberty: Is Recent U.S. Law and Policy Taking Sides?"

February, 2012

JRCLS International Society Broadcast Speaker: Elder L. Whitney Clayton 

January 19, 2012

Luncheon Speaker: Gary Lawrence, "Results of Survey on Public Views of the LDS Church" 

November 17, 2011

Luncheon Speaker: Merrilee Boyack, "Making a Difference One Lawyer at a Time" 

October 7, 2011

Annual Dinner Speaker: Hugh Hewitt - radio host, constitutional law professor, attorney and best-selling author 

July 14, 2011

Luncheon Speaker: Dyke E. Huish, speaking on "The New Face of Criminal Fraud in California" 

May 26, 2011

Luncheon Speaker: Judge Stuart Waldrip, speaking on "Promoting the Rule of Law and Fighting Corruption in Bulgaria." 

April 8, 2011

Luncheon Speaker: Judge Sherrill Ellsworth – Riverside County Superior Court Presiding Judge 

February 25, 2011

International Broadcast Speaker: Elder D. Todd Christofferson 

February 4, 2011

Religion & The Law Symposium Speaker: Elder Dallin H. Oaks Video / Transcript 

January 11, 2011

Luncheon Speaker: Jeremy Guthrie, starting pitcher for the Baltimore Orioles 

November 18, 2010

Luncheon Speaker: Judge Cormac J. Carney of the U.S. District Court, Central District 

October 23, 2010

Annual Dinner Speaker: Senator Robert Bennett 

July 15, 2010

Luncheon Speaker: Dean Erwin Chemerinsky, UCI Law School 

June 24, 2010

Meet & Mingle with Dean Rasband

June 16, 2010

Luncheon Women in the Law Committee Presents: Entrepreneurial Aspects of Legal Careers 

May 13, 2010

Luncheon Speaker: Norm Chow, UCLA Offensive Coordinator 

March 30, 2010

Luncheon - Religion & The Law Symposium

"Religion in the Desert and in the Law School" Featuring a debate between John C. Eastman, Former Dean Chapman Univ. School of Law and Dean Erwin Chemerinsky, UC Irvine, School of La 

January 21, 2010

Luncheon Church-State Issues Facing Split-off Church Groups by Eric Sohlgren and Daniel Lula of Payne & Fears

November 19, 2009

Luncheon Speaker - Hon. Craig L. Griffin

October 23, 2009

Annual Dinner Speaker Kenneth Starr