Each year in preparing for and carrying out the International Law and Religion Symposium, the Center enjoys the competence and hard work of a committee composed of outstanding law students. The Center recognizes and thanks this year’s committee members: Erin Bradley, Diana Hardy, Megan Grant, Summer Wilson, James Urrutia, Joseph Wise, Kaycee Hulet, Alicia Rogers, Matthew Chandler, Dallin Morrow, Lorie Hobbs, Amanda Mackey, McKenzie Armstrong, and Shannon Grandy Allongo.
Each year in preparing for and carrying out the International Law and Religion Symposium, the Center relies upon a great number of student volunteers, most of them from the J. Reuben Clark Law School. This year approximately 100 students, supervised by ICLRS Director of Publications Christine Scott and organized under a student Executive Committee, have assumed responsibility for coordinating such aspects of the Symposium as transportation, informal translation, and other organizational logistics. The Center recognizes and thanks this year’s student volunteers and gives special thanks to the Executive Committee members: Erin Bradley, Diana Hardy, Megan Grant, Summer Wilson, James Urrutia, Joseph Wise, Kaycee Hulet, Alicia Rogers, Matthew Chandler, Dallin Morrow, Lorie Hobbs, Amanda Mackey, McKenzie Armstrong,and Shannon Grandy Allongo.
Erin Bradley grew up in Vernal, Utah. She graduated from Utah State University with a degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences after serving a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Germany. After graduation she worked in Washington, D.C. for four years before starting law school. Erin first volunteered to help with the Symposium in Washington while she lived there and was excited to be part of the Symposium while attending law school.
Diana Bate Hardy was born and raised in Springville, Utah. After participating in Study Abroad in London during Fall 2003, Diana settled on a major and graduated from BYU with a BA in English. She had been working as an escrow officer for a title insurance company when she decided to apply to law school. After her first year of law school, Diana did a summer externship at Catholic Community Services in Salt Lake City, where she worked with an immigration attorney and spent most of her time helping refugees from around the world. She loved meeting so many of the delegates during last two years of the Symposium. She served as co-chair of for Master Scheduling in 2009 and is excited to be able serve in that capacity again in 2010.
Alisa Rogers was born in Santa Clara, California. She is the fourth of six children. She received her undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University in Organ Performance and Pedagogy and is now studying law at the J. Reuben Clark Law School.
Matt Chandler grew up in Parker, Colorado. He graduated from BYU with a degree in Economics in 2008, and enjoys reading economics literature. He has lived in Chile and Spain, and is interested in working in litigation or international arbitration after completing law school. Matt loves the outdoors, and enjoys rock climbing, hiking, and skiing. Matt served on the Transportation/Concierge team of the Student Executive Committee for the 2009 Annual Law and Religion Symposium of the International Center for Law and Religion Studies and is returning as Co-Chair of the team for 2010.
Megan J. Grant graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno, with a BA in English Literature in 2007. Although law school was not in her plans until late 2006, Megan loves studying law and will pursue any work she can find in the international arena. Her decision to attend the J. Reuben Clark Law School was not difficult, particularly after she heard about the International Center for Law & Religion Studies. Megan entered law school with a strong desire to get involved with the Center and thus quickly accepted an offer to be a Law and Religion Fellow during the summer of 2008, where she worked with the Office of General Counsel for the LDS Church in Salt Lake City, Utah. Megan also volunteered with the 14th Annual Symposium as a first year, and is now in her second year of serving on the Executive Committee.
Summer Wilson was raised in Las Vegas, NV. She graduated in 2006 with honors from Brigham Young University with a BA in Psychology and a minor in Business Management. Summer then worked at a law firm and taught dance in Las Vegas for a year prior to beginning law school. Following her 1L year, she had the opportunity to work at Bates, Wells and Braithwaite in London, England, a firm that specializes in working with non-profit organizations. Now a 3L, Summer currently works remotely for a Las Vegas firm and the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law based in Washington D.C., both of which are continuations of her 2L summer internships. As an undergraduate, Summer performed at the Law and Religion Symposium as a dancer with the BYU Folk Dance team. Since becoming…
James Urrutia grew up in South San Francisco before moving to Southern California to start his undergraduate work at Long Beach State. After a two-year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to South Texas, James decided to transfer to BYU-Idaho where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Economics. He then returned to Northern California where he worked as a Forensic Economist before starting law school at BYU in 2008. After his first year of law school James worked at the law firm of Baker and McKenzie in its Buenos Aires, Argentina office. Currently, he is a second-year law student and is looking forward to the upcoming International Law and Religion Symposium.
Kaycee Hulet is from State College, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Brigham Young University in 2005 with a B.S. in Neuroscience. She started working for the Center shortly before starting law school, and has been involved with the Law and Religion Symposium all three years of school. In 2008, she worked for ICLRS as a Summer Fellow in São Paulo, Brazil, where she researched the priest-penitent privilege and abuse reporting requirements, and she has also worked on revisions of Center’s treatise on religious organizations and on the Center’s websites. Kaycee hopes to work in international public law or as a foreign service officer for the U.S. Department of State after graduation.
Co-Chair, Documents/University Involvement
Amanda graduated from Northern Arizona University with a B.S. in Secondary English Education. Before entering law school, Amanda worked as a middle school math teacher. In 2008 she was an ICLRS Summer Fellow in Guatemala City, where she worked on assignments involving visa, customs, property, and various other laws. She also survived climbing an active volcano in the dark of night, and enjoys telling the harrowing tale. Subsequently Amanda worked on the Religious Organizations and the Law treatise for the Center with a focus on the education sections, and she is pleased this year to be involved with preparations for the Symposium.
Shannon Grandy Allongo was born and raised in Midland, Texas. She completed two study abroad programs as an undergraduate that solidified her interest in international issues, particularly in those that relate to the family and to religion. After graduating from Brigham Young University with a BS in Marriage, Family, and Human Development and a minor in Spanish, she entered the J. Reuben Clark Law School in 2008. After her first year of law school, Shannon interned with The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, a non-profit firm that litigates for freedom of religious expression. She hopes to continue to learn more about and promote religious freedom as it relates to law by serving on the Executive Committee for the Symposium this year.
Co-Chair, Documents/University Involvement
Lorie Hobbs raised her family of six children and then returned to Brigham Young University, graduating in 2005 with a degree in American Studies. In 2007 she entered the J. Reuben Clark Law School to fulfill a long time desire of completing her Juris Doctorate degree. After her first year she was a judicial clerk and found that she really enjoyed the courtroom. This past summer she interned with the Utah Crime Victims Legal Clinic where she found great satisfaction in working to protect the rights of crime victims. While in law school Lorie has involved herself in a number of co-curricular activities, even earning a place on the BYU National Moot Court team. She volunteered with the International Center for Law &…