Tuesday, March 27, 2018

18th Annual Rex Lee and Shawn Bentley Award Luncheon 

The J. Reuben Clark Law Society (JRCLS) Mid-Atlantic Chapter is pleased to announce our Annual Rex Lee and Shawn Bentley Award Luncheon to be held on June 6, 2018 at 12:30 pm at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC.  The luncheon will include the presentation of the Rex Lee Advocacy Award to a distinguished recipient and will feature a keynote speaker.

The Rex Lee Advocacy Award is presented annually to one the nation's outstanding advocates whose life and legal practice reflect the values exemplified by the award's namesake, Rex Lee, a former U.S. Solicitor General, university president, and founding dean of the BYU law school.  The National Law Journal has called the Award a coveted prize with an "honor roll ... that reads like a who's who among the nation's top appellate lawyers."

The JRCLS Mid-Atlantic Chapter will also present the Shawn Bentley Public Service Awards to two deserving law students.  These awards are stipends given to law students who have demonstrated a willingness to explore a public service opportunity in the legal profession in the Washington, DC area during their law school career and who are affiliated with student chapters of the Law Society.  These public service awards and their travel to the event are funded by the generosity of lunch sponsors.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Eighth Annual 
Religious Liberty Award Dinner

8th Annual International Religious Liberty Award Dinner on October 5, 2017.  

Ticket sales for the dinner are now closed.  Panels are free and open to the public--no tickets required.

This year's keynote speaker will be Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

This year's award recipient is Baroness Elizabeth Berridge, who will be honored for her many years of support and work for religious liberty. 

A special musical number will be performed by Greg Brown, one of the famous Five Browns.

Winners of the 2017 Founding Fathers Student Writing Competition will also be recognized at the dinner.

This year's event will also include two consecutive panels held prior to the award dinner: "The Economic Impact of Religious Liberty," with panelists Brian J. Grim, Debbie Marriott Harrison, Paul Lambert and Nathan C. Walker, and "Promoting Religious Liberty Within Your Sphere of Influence," with panelists Elder Von G. Keetch, Tim Schultz and Montse Alvarado. The panels are open to the public and free of charge.  

Event Details:
  • Date: Thursday, October 5, 2017
  • Time:
    • Introductory Address by Brian J. Grim, President of the Religious Freedom & Business Foundation, at 4:00 pm
    • Panels from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm
      • The Economic Impact of Religious Liberty - with panelists Brian J. Grim, Debbie Marriott Harrison, Paul Lambert and Nathan C. Walker
      • Promoting Religious Liberty Within Your Sphere of Influence - with panelists Elder Von. G. Keetch, Tim Schultz and Montse Alvarado
    • Dinner at 7:00 pm
      • Keynote Address by Elder D. Todd Christofferson, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
      • Acceptance Remarks by Baroness Elizabeth Berridge
  • Tickets: $50 for individual tickets and $35 for students, military and government employees.
  • Location: Mayflower Hotel, 1127 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20036
Please plan on joining us for this outstanding event!

Panelists Biographies

Brian J. Grim, Ph.D., is the Founder and President of the Annapolis, Maryland-based Religious Freedom & Business Foundation and a leading expert on international religious demography and the socio-economic impact of restrictions on religious freedom. Dr. Grim holds a visiting professorship at St. Mary's University in London and also works closely with the United Nations "Business for Peace" platform.

Debbie Marriott Harrison, is Marriott International's Global Officer, Marriott Culture and Business Councils. Ms. Harrison has also served as Senior Vice President of Government Affairs and has held several other positions with the company since 1975, including accounting positions at corporate headquarters and operations positions at the Key Bridge and Dallas Marriott hotels.

Paul Lambert, is Assistant Dean at Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business. He also teaches classes on American Government and Politics. Mr. Lambert is also a Research & Development Consultant at the Religious Freedom Center of the Newseum Institute and a visiting lecturer at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

Nathan C. Walker (Ed.M., M.Div., M.A.), is Executive Director of 1791 Delegates, which supports organizations with strategic planning, fundraising, research, and educational programming on issues of religion and public life. He previously served as the Executive Director for the Religious Freedom Center of the Newseum Institute. He is the co-editor of the book Whose God Rules? Is the United States a Secular Nation or a Theolegal Democracy?

Elder Von G. Keetch, is a General Authority Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and serves as the Executive Director of the Public Affairs Department. Elder Keetch has served as a judicial clerk to Chief Justice Warren E. Burger and Justice Antonin Scalia of the United States Supreme Court and practiced law at the Salt Lake City law firm of Kirton McConkie. He has also served in civic positions, including as Chair for the Utah Appellate Court Nominating Commission and as a member of the First Freedom Coalition.

Tim Schultz, is President of the 1st Amendment Partnership, which works to build faith alliances, guide public policy and educate key influencers on religious freedom issues. He has also served as State Legislative Director for the Ethics and Public Policy Center's American Religious Freedom Program. Mr. Schultz is widely viewed as a leading expert on religious freedom issues, with a particular focus on state policy issues.

Montse Alvarado, is Executive Director of Becket, a non-profit public-interest legal and educational institute with a mission to protect the free expression of all faiths. She is the current editor of AltFem Magazine, a platform for women of faith, was appointed to the Montgomery County Commission for Women in July 2011 and is a former member of the Board of Directors for Shepherd's Table, a homeless shelter in Silver Spring, Maryland. 

Monday, August 14, 2017

Buy Tickets Now -- Rex Lee/Shawn Bentley Luncheon

Tickets are now available for the Annual Rex Lee/Shawn Bentley Luncheon on September 8, 2017. 

The Rex Lee Advocacy Award will be presented to Judge Michael W. McConnell, former judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.  Following lunch and presentation of the award, Judge Jeffrey S. Sutton, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, will be the keynote speaker.  

  • Date: September 8, 2017
  • Location: Mayflower Hotel, 1127 Connecticut Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C.  
  • Time: 12:00 pm 
  • Cost: $55.00 for attorneys and their guests, $35.00 for students.  Tickets can be purchased on the JRCLS DC Website.
  • Sponsorships are available at $2000 and $1000.  Each sponsor will be prominently listed in the program and have reserved seating at the luncheon for 6-8 people. Sponsorships help to pay for the summer stipends for student legal interns in the public sector. If you are interested in sponsoring, please write cliff.blair@gmail.com

We hope to see you there!

Friday, March 24, 2017

Law Students: Apply for the 2017 $3,000 Shawn Bentley Award

The JRCLS DC/Mid-Atlantic Chapter invites law students to apply for the $3000 Shawn Bentley award for volunteer service.  The purpose of this stipend is to encourage students to come to DC to work and to participate and serve in the public sector.  In order to qualify students should be actively seeking volunteer opportunities to work in the Washington DC area for not-for-profit companies, associations or for Government.  Students should be law students and members of the JRCLS chapter at their school.

The award is named after Shawn Bentley, who spent most of his legal career working for the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee.  He applied his considerable talents to help pass valuable laws while at the same time being a great mentor, friend and consensus builder.  Please see the attached letter for more information on this program and its requirements.

Award recipients will be honored at the annual Rex Lee Advocacy Award Lunch hosted by the DC Chapter in Washington, DC in the Spring of 2017. 

Applications are due on May 1, 2017.   


Applications should be sent to Jonathan Jacobs via email at jjacobs@aegislawgroup.com.

Applicants should address the following award criteria in a cover letter and/or statement:

1. Prior public service sector employment both legal and otherwise.

2. Current plans for or efforts to work in public service sector legal employment, including whether you already have secured such employment for the upcoming summer in the DC/Mid- Atlantic Area [Washington DC, Virginia, Maryland and West Virginia].

3. Commitment to spend at least a part of your upcoming summer working in public service sector legal employment, preferably in the DC/Mid-Atlantic Area.

4. Desire to spend a part of your legal career working in the public sector.

5. Membership, participation and other involvement with the J. Reuben Clark Law Society, including the student chapter at your law school.

6. What, if any, financial assistance or other awards, grants, or scholarships have you received in connection with (a) law school and (b) your upcoming summer employment.

7. If you already have obtained employment for the upcoming summer, please provide information about the compensation, if any, that you will be receiving.

8. Please provide a written recommendation from a Dean or Associate Dean of your law school or from a law professor.

9. Please provide a resume along with your application.

Applications must be received by no later than May 1, 2017.

 Selection will be announced shortly thereafter.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

8th Annual Religious Liberty Writing Competition

The Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society announces the 8th Annual Religious Liberty Writing Competition, made possible by the Jack P. Peterson and Maude Birkin Peterson Endowment.  The purpose of the writing competition is to promote legal and academic studies in the field of religious liberty by law students and students pursuing related graduate studies. Students who have graduated from law school but who are not yet practicing law due to clerkships or other similar pursuits are also invited to submit papers.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

7th Annual Religious Liberty Award Dinner

The J. Reuben Clark Law Society is pleased to announce its 7th Annual International Religious Liberty Award Dinner and Reception. We congratulate this year's award recipient, Dr. Katrina Lantos Swett, for her many years of support and work for religious liberty. Winners of the 2016 Founding Fathers Student Writing Competition will also be recognized at the dinner.

Date: Thursday, October 6, 2016
Time: Reception at 6 pm; Dinner at 7 pm
Location: Hotel Monaco (700 F St NW)

Keynote Address by Dr. David Holland, Associate Professor at Harvard Divinity School and Advisory Board Member of the National Museum of American Religion.

Acceptance Remarks by Dr. Katrina Lantos Swett.

Please plan on joining us for this outstanding event! 

Tickets sales are now closed.

Monday, June 27, 2016

JRCLS Family Night at a Nationals Game


We are pleased and excited to announce that the JRCLS Mid-Atlantic Chapter will host a Family Night at the Washington Nationals game on July 15.  That day the Nationals will take on the Pittsburgh Pirates.  It is an evening game starting at 7:05 pm. 

JRCLS members, students, families and friends are invited to attend.  This will be a great event for kids of all ages.

The Society will be able to provide the tickets in our reserved area to invitees and their guests at the discounted price of $10.00 per ticket for adults and free for children under 12 (regular face value of a single game ticket to this game is $18.00).

If you have any questions regarding the event please contact me at zdavis@luselaw.com.


Zachary Davis
Events Committee Chair
J. Reuben Clark Law Society Mid-Atlantic Chapter