Mark Your Calenders!

November 9, 2005 | 27 comments

The Third Annual LDS Law Students conference is coming up. The organizers have already put together a very slick looking website with lots of information about the conference. The scheduled speakers include Harry Reid (Senate Minority Leader), Thomas B. Griffith (U.S. Court of Appeals Judge), Robert F. Drinan, S.J. (Professor of Law at Georgetown and ordained Jesuit priest), Richard Bushman (Professor emeritus of History at Columbia), and others. There will also be panels on corporate law, public interest law, women and the law, and much much more. I attended the conference last year at Columbia and loved it. Interesting presenters, smart students, good times.

The conference will be held February 17th & 18th at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, DC.


27 Responses to Mark Your Calenders!

  1. Sheldon on November 9, 2005 at 10:40 pm


    Wow, thanks for helping to advertise our little conference. Many people have put a lot of time and effort into this year’s conference, and we are confident that we can build on the tradition of successful conferences at Harvard and Columbia.

    We hope that practicing attorneys as well as students will attend. For those attorneys who would like to meet young promising law students and answer any questions that they have, we will be hosting dinner groups on Friday, February 17. Please send an email to if you would be willing to participate.


  2. john fowles on November 9, 2005 at 11:14 pm

    I am glad to hear that there will be a third year. I attended the first conference at Harvard and also highly recommend it as a great experience. I was particularly interested to see that Harry Reid is on the line-up. That should be interesting.

  3. Marc Bohn on November 9, 2005 at 11:57 pm

    Other speakers/panelists we’ve committed include:

    David Lee (DC Area Lobbyist)
    John Harmer (Former Lieutenant Governor of California)
    Sheldon Bradshaw (Chief Counsel of FDA)
    Pace McConkie (MD Assistant Attorney General – Former Counsel for NAACP)
    Kyle Sampson (DOJ Chief of Staff)
    Mike O’Neill (Chief Counsel for Judiciary Committee – Former Commissioner for US Sentencing Commission)

  4. lyle on November 10, 2005 at 3:15 am

    I concur with John. The first was fab and this looks to continue a great tradition. Although John…why the surprise at Reid? He was the guest of honor at the LDS Bus Society fancy event a year plus ago. He clearly knows that the Kingdom comes before politics.

  5. Lamonte on November 10, 2005 at 9:33 am

    I see that the registration has two choices – Attorneys and Students. Are non-Attroneys and non-Students invited to attend? At least some of the panels sound interesting, even to those of us outside the legal profession.

  6. Karen on November 10, 2005 at 10:04 am

    Mark your calendars for a bloggersnacker. Hopefully we’ll get a few people in town for the conference. I’ll be happy to host at my house, unless someone with a bigger place wants to step up to the plate.

  7. john fowles on November 10, 2005 at 12:05 pm

    Lyle, it’s not a surprise. I’ve never doubted Reid’s LDS-ness. I just said that it got me interested. I would enjoy seeing him speak at an LDS law student conference.

  8. Marc Bohn on November 10, 2005 at 2:27 pm

    Lamonte: Our primary target is, of course, law students (who seem to love to have lawyers around to network with), but non-lawyers will not be turned away at this point (space is limited though – response has been good so far and I think our max capacity is around 383).

    Also… just a disclaimer… as with any event like this, speakers are subject to change. All of these speakers have committed and we’re crossing our fingers that things stay that way, but circumstances beyond their control may arise.

  9. Marc Bohn on November 10, 2005 at 2:30 pm

    Thanks for the post by the way Nate… all of us are mystified as to how you came across the link though : )

  10. Liz O. on November 10, 2005 at 3:44 pm

    Oh how I wish there were some chance of having a JRClark Law Society at my campus. But no… (bummer)

  11. Marc Bohn on November 11, 2005 at 1:27 am

    Where are you in school at Liz?

  12. maria on November 11, 2005 at 10:26 am

    Will there be any women speakers or panelists?

  13. LGW on November 11, 2005 at 11:32 am

    Maybe Harry Reid can reconcile the differences between his campaign donors and the citizens he is suppose to represent.
    A new paradigm of ethics…….

  14. Sheldon on November 11, 2005 at 2:03 pm

    Let’s not revisit the “reconcile the differences between campaign donors and constitutuents” game… I think Gordon Smith took care of that topic in his post ( about Orrin Hatch’s campaign donors, where he quoted the Deseret News as saying that Hatch “has taken more money from wine, beer and liquor groups this year than any other congressional candidate”…

  15. Liz O. on November 11, 2005 at 4:17 pm

    (answering Marc’s question:)

    University of Colorado. For a state that is ostensibly 5% LDS, there’s only two LDS students in the 165 member 1L class, and I’m only aware of one other LDS student at the school. For some reason, it appears LDS students would rather pay 2 1/2x tuition to go to the school down in Denver than go to CU. But I’ve found CU to be a really wonderful place. So the only JRClark Society is down in Denver.

  16. Marc Bohn on November 12, 2005 at 5:58 pm


    Yes there will be women panelists including:

    Heidi Hubbard (Partner at Williams & Connolly)
    Hannah Smith (Associate at Williams & Connolly – Former Clerk for Justice Thomas)
    Dayle Elieson (Department of Justice)
    Trisha Illingworth (DC area Immigration Lawyer/Stay-at-home mom)

    We have invitations pending with a couple of other women in other fields as well… we should have an updated panelist list on the website in the next few weeks.

  17. Marc Bohn on November 12, 2005 at 5:59 pm


    We would love to have some Buffaloes out at the Conference. Email me if you have questions or are considering coming:

  18. Jim on November 13, 2005 at 4:34 pm

    You might find there are more LDS at your school than you think. I’m at Ave Maria School of Law, (primarily Catholic) and the 13 LDS students (and growing) just started an LDS student org this year. You could be the one to get the ball rolling!

  19. toady on November 14, 2005 at 5:45 pm

    Ave Maria and CU are two very different institutions, are they not?

    I may try to attend this.

  20. Jettboy on November 14, 2005 at 10:23 pm

    All I hope is that there is going to be a good amount of Conservative Mormons protesting Harry Reid adn his actions as a Liberal Democrat puppet. If there isn’t, there should be. Too bad its at Georgetown University and not BYU where a protest could be easily organized. I still can’t believe he is LDS and supposedly active.

  21. Ian R on November 15, 2005 at 10:15 am

    I will be there representing UT Law and the Austin chapter of JRCLS.

    I do not know DC. Where should I stay?

  22. Marc Bohn on November 15, 2005 at 10:18 am

    #20 This isn’t a partisan conference. It’s an LDS law student conference. We would prefer no “protesting” – just an honest exchange of ideas.

  23. Marc Bohn on November 15, 2005 at 10:21 am

    #21 Glad to hear UT Law will be represented. In registering for the conference on the website, you can request help for housing. You’ll ultimately have two options. We are currently securing volunteers (from among local students and local members) to house students visiting the area, and we also have a limited number of discounted hotel rooms (these might go fast).

  24. Adam Greenwood on November 15, 2005 at 11:27 am

    “LDS Bus Society”


  25. Ian R on November 15, 2005 at 12:43 pm

    Thanks Marc, I will register today and request a discounted hotel room.

  26. lyle on November 15, 2005 at 1:28 pm

    liz: form the chapter. even if it is only two members strong, or even lapses, you can always leave materials in your schools career services and/or admissions office for future reference. future students will be happy to find a contact they have at least some background with.

  27. Kent Arganbright on November 29, 2005 at 3:14 pm

    What exactly is the difference between a Law Center and a Law School?