The continuing success of the Annual International Law and Religion Symposium of the International Center for Law and Religion Studies at Brigham Young University is due largely to the dedication and the competence of The Student Executive Committee. In 2010 the Executive Committee served under the direction of ICLRS Associate Director Elizabeth Sewell, with assistance from Senior Editor Donlu Thayer. Composed of outstanding second- and third-year students from the J. Reuben Clark Law School, the Committee is involved in planning, coordinating, and seeing to the smooth execution of every aspect of the Symposium. They create and manage a Master…
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…
Rebecca Erekson grew up in Maryland and Pennsylvania. She graduated from BYU in 2008 with a BA in Communications, with an emphasis in Public Relations. As an undergraduate, Rebecca completed Public Relations internships in Connecticut and New York City. She served an LDS mission in Paris, France. During the summer of 2010 she completed two summer legal externships, one with the Office of the Attorney General for the state of Maryland, and another with the law firm of Baker & McKenzie in Paris, France. Rebecca enjoyed being a volunteer at the Symposium last year and is excited to be more involved this year.
Bonnie graduated in 2007 from Brigham Young University where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Middle East Studies/Arabic. During her undergraduate studies she had the opportunity to travel and live in the Middle East where she fell in love with learning about other cultures. She hopes to use her interests in other cultures in her legal career. She worked during Summer 2009 as a Student Research Fellow at the Office of General Counsel for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in Salt Lake City, Utah. Bonnie enjoyed working on the wide variety of legal issues she was able to be exposed to during her…
Joseph Wise is from Sunnyside, Washington. He served a mission to Latvia and speaks Latvian and Spanish. He attended BYU as an undergraduate, studying History, while teaching Latvian at the MTC. After completion of his undergraduate degree Joseph taught Math at an alternative high school and prepared for the LSAT. A second-year law student, he is interning at the Utah County Attorney’s office, criminal division. Joseph was sent by the ICLRS to Lima, Peru during the summer of 2009 to work for the Area Legal Counsel of the LDS Church. It was an extraordinary experience and he learned a lot, both about how…
Heath Becker graduated summa cum laude from Brigham Young University-Idaho in 2007 with bachelor’s degrees in both accounting and business management. Thereafter, Heath worked for Deloitte and Touche auditing the financial statements of SEC registrants including Pepsi Bottling Group, Warnaco, and Dress Barn in the New York City metropolitan area. Heath also gained experience by working two tax seasons at the CPA firm Cooper Norman in Idaho Falls, Idaho, where he completed over 250 tax returns for individuals, partnerships, corporations, LLCs, S-corps, and trusts. Heath traveled to Guatemala City to work with the Area Legal Counsel for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as an ICLRS Student Fellow during summer 2010. He accepted the assignment to serve on the Recruitment team of the Student Executive Committee for the 2010 Annual International Law and Religion Symposium, and he will be serving in the same capacity as chair of the team for 2011.
Chase Gunnell was born and raised in Orem, Utah. He loves to travel and was excited to receive a mission call to serve in Kiev, Ukraine. On his mission Chase grew to love and appreciate the law, since the law saved him on countless occasions in Ukraine. Chase has had many opportunities to return to Eastern Europe, whether vacationing, debating with the BYU Russian Debate team, or doing internships in both Moscow and Kiev. After returning home in 2006, Chase studied Russian at BYU, where he graduated in 2009. It was during his 3 years at BYU that Chase met his wife, Christy, who is a seminary teacher at Mountain View High School in…
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.
Dallin grew up in Layton, Utah. After serving a mission in Bulgaria, he spent the next four years learning Russian at BYU, graduating in 2008. To get away from the stress of law school, Dallin performs in the BYU folk music program, where he plays guitar and banjo in a bluegrass group. Dallin served on the Transportation/Concierge team of the Student Executive Committee for the 2009 International Law and Religion Symposium of the International Center for Law and Religion Studies and is returning as Co-Chair of the team for 2010.
Nathan White graduated from BYU in 2010 with a degree in English. During his undergraduate studies, he worked extensively in the service and hospitality industries. Following his first year of law school, he worked as an intern at the firm of Christensen & Jensen in Salt Lake City, and then as an intern at the Utah Crime Victims Legal Clinic. Nate served as a missionary in the Utah Salt Lake City South Mission from 2004 to 2006. He is a native Texan and loves his home state. Nate served on the Transportation/Concierge Team of the 2010 Symposium Student Executive Committee and returns in 2011 as Transportation Team Chair.
Kimberly Tolman graduated from Brigham Young University in 2002 with a degree in philosophy. Following graduation she worked as an office manager for a small Utah business before deciding to return to school to study law. In 2010, after completing her first-year legal course work, Kimberly completed two contrasting legal externships. The first was at Catholic Community Services in Salt Lake City, helping international refugees to progress towards U.S. citizenship. Her second experience was with the property group at Dibbs Barker Lawyers in Sydney, Australia. Kimberly served as a member of the Transportation/Concierge Team for Symposium 2010 and will be returning as Chair of Concierge/Hosting for 2011.
Julie Black was born in California and raised in various states across the Western U.S. In 2009, she graduated with a B.A. in political science, specializing in international relations. Last summer, Julie completed an externship with the honorable Bruce S. Jenkins of the United States District Court for the District of Utah. She is also a coauthor of Family Law in Utah (3rd ed), and is working on other articles for submission. These experiences helped her develop a deep interest in human rights and, in particular, the rule of law. In her spare time, she enjoys learning French, cooking, and fixing sprinkler systems.
Co-Chair, Documents/University Involvement
McKenzie Armstrong graduated from Utah State University with a degree in International Studies, very much enjoying the program’s requirement to live in a foreign country for at least six weeks. As a result, McKenzie spent a semester studying at the University College of Northampton in England. McKenzie has travelled to more than twenty other countries, including going to Europe four times and South America twice. Most recently, she travelled to Australia and completed an externship with DibbsBarker in Sydney. McKenzie takes every opportunity she can get to learn about more cultures and seeing new things. Her favorite job…
Co-Chair, Documents/University Involvement
Born in Denver, Colorado, Tyler LaMarr studied Political Science and Business Management prior to entering law school. As a Research Fellow, he traveled to Frankfurt, Germany, where he worked as an intern for the LDS Church Area Legal Counsel. While in Europe Tyler participated in the restructuring of the Church’s legal entity in France, and worked on attaining tax deductions for charitable donors of religious organizations. During the summer of 2010 Tyler drafted new content for the treatise “Religious Organizations and the Law” on the topic of same-sex marriage and the many resulting ramifications for religious organizations. Tyler is a member of the BYU National Moot Court Team. He speaks fluent French, and enjoys traveling, fishing, and is very interested in law and religion. He has accepted the assignment of Co-Chair of the Documents / University Involvement team of the Student Executive Committee for the 2010 International Law and Religion Symposium.
Kandis Bryant graduated from the University of Utah with a bachelor’s degree in Accounting. After completing her undergraduate program she pursued a master’s degree in accounting (MAcc) with a tax emphasis. She worked in the accounting offices of Shaw Mumford & Co., PC for approximately four years, during which time she became a certified public accountant. Continuing her education at J. Reuben Clark Law School at BYU, Kandis participated in consecutive externships at the U.S. Trustees Office in Boise, ID and Baker & McKenzie, Wong & Leow in Singapore.
Jordan Teuscher graduated cum laude in 2007 from Brigham Young University where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science/Philosophy. While at BYU, he served as the Phi Beta Lambda president, and took first place in public speaking for the state of Utah for three consecutive years—finishing fourth in the nation in 2007. After graduating, he co-organized the First Annual Trial Advocacy Tournament for the Leavitt Institute for International Development in Kyiv, Ukraine. He was the deputy campaign manager for a national congressional race during the 2008 election. After the campaign, he worked as…