2015 Annual Review
J. Stuart Adams

Stuart Adams serves as Majority Whip in the Utah State Senate. He also served 4-1/2 years in the Utah House of Representatives. He is Former Chairman of the Utah Transportation Commission. He is currently Chairman of the Military Installation Development Authority (MIDA). He served 9 years on the Layton City Council. During the 2015 legislative session, he was a sponsor and lead negotiator of the three religious liberties bills that created the Utah Compromise. He graduated from the University of Utah with a B.A. in Business Finance and is a partner in the Adams Company, a Real Estate, Construction and Development Firm in Kaysville.

William F. Atkin

Bill Atkin is generally responsible for the delivery of legal services in connection with the international activities of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He holds an LL.M. from Columbia University School of Law (emphasis on international and comparative law) and a J.D. from Arizona State University College of Law. He has practiced law in Moscow, San Francisco, Taipei, Caracas, and Chicago. He has engaged in multinational corporate legal work and U.S. customs matters, rendering advice on the laws of foreign jurisdictions relevant to transnational commercial investment and financial transactions which encompass foreign investment, technology transfers and licensing, labor law, tax, antitrust, financing and banking, customs, secured transactions, corporate, joint ventures, exchange controls and distributorships. He has been Adjunct Professor of Law at Moscow International University; trial attorney, US Department of Justice, Civil Division, New York, and Law Clerk for The Honorable David T. Lewis, then Chief Judge, Tenth Circuit, US Court of Appeals.

David Channer

David A. Channer serves as Regional Legal Counsel with the Office of General Counsel for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He is responsible for the areas of South America South, East Europe, Asia, and Pacific. David received his bachelor’s degree in Finance from Brigham Young University in 1981 and his J.D. from the J. Reuben Clark Law School in 1985. He has served as an associate for Vinson & Elkins, LLP (1985–1987), Hawley, Troxell, Ennis & Hawley (1987–1990), and Morrison Knudsen Corporation, (1990–1995). He has also served on the Chief Corporate Counsel for Micron Technology, Inc. (1995–2008), and as Area Legal Counsel for the Mexico Area (2008-2011). He speaks both English and Spanish.

Elizabeth A. Clark

As Associate Director of the International Center for Law and Religion Studies, Elizabeth Clark has co-organized and taken part in dozens of conferences and academic projects with other scholars and with government leaders from around the world. She has from the beginning played a major role in organizing the Annual International Law and Religion Symposium at Brigham Young University. She has taken part in drafting commentaries and legal analyses of pending legislation and developments affecting religious freedom, and has assisted in drafting amicus briefs on international religious freedom issues for the U.S. Supreme Court. Before joining the Center, Professor Clark was an associate in the Washington, D.C., office of Mayer, Brown & Platt, where she was a member of the Appellate and Supreme Court Litigation Group. Professor Clark also clerked for Judge J. Clifford Wallace on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Professor Clark graduated summa cum laude from the BYU Law School, where she was Editor-in-Chief of the BYU Law Review. Drawing on her multilingual talents in Russian, Czech, German and French, Professor Clark has been active in writing and lecturing on church-state and comparative law topics. She has taught classes on Comparative Law, Comparative Constitutional Law, International Human Rights, and European Union law at the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University. She has published numerous articles and chapters on church-state issues and has been an associate editor of three major books: Facilitating Freedom of Religion and Belief and two books on law and religion in post-Communist Europe. Professor Clark has also testified before Congress on religious freedom issues.

Gregory Clark

Gregory Clark has been working for the Office of General Counsel of the Church since 2001, and he has served for 11 years as an Area Legal Counsel ("ALC") - the longest serving ALC in the Church. As an ALC, Gregory has had responsibility for the Church's legal matters in Mexico, and all countries in Central America, South America and the Caribbean. He will begin serving in this 4th ALC assignment in the Dominican Republic as of July 2015. Prior to working for the Church, Gregory served as a junior officer in the United States Marine Corps (3 years). After graduating from law school, Gregory worked in the oil and gas industry, starting with Exxon (3 years). He thereafter worked for Occidental Petroleum Corporation (13 years) - serving as Oxy's Legal Manager in Ecuador (3 years) and as Oxy's Legal Manager in Qatar (7 years). Gregory speaks English, Spanish and Portuguese.

Gary B. Doxey

Gary Doxey, former Managing Director of the International Center for Law and Religion Studies, rejoined Center in 2009 after three years of service as president of the Mexico City South Mission of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In April 2011 Professor Doxey was called as an Area Seventy of the Church. Before joining the law school, Professor Doxey served under Utah Governor Olene S. Walker as chief of staff – the state’s top appointed official, head of the cabinet, and chief operating officer of the executive branch. Prior to that, he served six years as general counsel to Utah Governor Michael O. Leavitt. Professor Doxey has spent much of his career in Utah state government, serving as deputy commissioner of financial institutions and as associate general counsel to the Utah Legislature. He is also a professor of history at Brigham Young University and has taught at the University of Utah. He spent his early legal career as a commercial law practitioner and was a judicial clerk for the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Utah. He has a PhD from Cambridge University and a JD from BYU. He speaks or reads several languages and is the author of many scholarly publications. In January 2011 he was named chair of the Center’s Development Committee.

W. Cole Durham, Jr.

Professor Cole Durham has been Director of Brigham Young University Law School's International Center for Law and Religion Studies (ICLRS) since its official launch on January 1, 2000. He was named President of the International Consortium for Law and Religion Studies (ICLARS, Milan) on September 2011, and he is an Editor-in-Chief of the Oxford Journal of Law and Religion. A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, where he was a Note Editor of the Harvard Law Review and Managing Editor of the Harvard International Law Journal, Professor Durham has been heavily involved in comparative law scholarship, with a special emphasis on comparative constitutional law. From 1989 to 1994, he served as the Secretary of the American Society of Comparative Law, and he is also an Associate Member of the International Academy of Comparative Law in Paris, where he was awarded the honorary designation of University Professor in 1999. Since 1994, he has also been a Recurring Visiting Professor of Law at Central European University in Budapest, where he teaches comparative constitutional law to students from throughout Eastern Europe, and increasingly from Asia and Africa as well. He has also been a guest professor in Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany and at the University of Vienna. In January, 2009, he was awarded the International First Freedom Award by the First Freedom Center in Richmond, Virginia, and was awarded an honorary doctorate by Ovidius University in ConstanĊ£a, Romania in June, 2013. Professor Durham served from 1997-2013 as a member of the Advisory Council on Freedom of Religion or Belief of the OSCE’s Office of Democratic Institutions and Human Rights. He has provided technical assistance on constitutions and laws dealing with freedom of religion or belief in approximately 50 countries worldwide. He has organized a series of conferences on comparative law issues at Brigham Young University and at other institutions in the United States over the past 20 years which have brought about 900 scholars and experts dealing with comparative constitutional law themes from over 100 countries to the United States. He is author and editor of numerous books and law review articles dealing with religious liberty and other comparative law themes. He has participated in hearings before the U.S. Congress and European parliamentary bodies on a variety of issues relevant to freedom of religion.

Alexander Dushku

Alexander Dushku is a shareholder and member of the board of directors of the Salt Lake City law firm of Kirton McConkie.  He graduated summa cum laude from Brigham Young University in 1990 and magna cum laude from the J. Reuben Clark law school at BYU in 1993.  After law school, Alexander practiced law in California for two years and then clerked on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals for the Honorable Judge Daniel A. Manion.  In 1996, following his clerkship, Alexander joined Kirton McConkie, where he is a member of the firm’s constitutional and appellate law section, specializing in appellate brief writing and critical law and motion practice.  He has authored numerous briefs in important religious liberty cases before appellate courts across the United States, including in the United States Supreme Court, and has consulted with legislators and advocates across the country on religious liberty issues.  Much of his legal work is for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in cases involving complex issues of First Amendment law.  Alexander is past president of the Constitutional Law Section of the Utah State Bar and is listed as one of Utah’s "Legal Elite" by Utah Business Magazine and as a Mountain States Super Lawyer. 

Scott Ferrin

Scott Ferrin is an associate professor of educational leadership and foundations and adjunct professor of law at BYU. He is also an affiliated scholar at the Wheatley Institution. Prior to joining BYU, Ferrin served as executive assistant to the president, trustee liaison officer and secretary to the board of Bryant College. His research focuses heavily on educational law and policy; school and Constitutional law, including church and state issues; politics and policy; language policy; leadership issues including relationship of higher education to primary and secondary education; and governance issues in higher education. He has lectured internationally and been published widely in many scholarly journals and books, including the Bilingual Research Journal, Education and Urban Society, Equity and Excellence in Education, Higher Education Policy, International Journal of Higher Education and the Journal of Law and Education. Ferrin holds a bachelor’s degree and a juris doctorate from BYU and master of education and doctorate of education degrees from Harvard University.

Mark Goldfeder

Dr. Mark Goldfeder, Esq. is Senior Lecturer at Emory Law School, the Spruill Family Senior Fellow at the Center for the Study of Law and Religion, and Director of Law and Religion Student Programs at Emory. He is also an ordained orthodox rabbi and rabbinic court judge, and serves as an attorney of counsel to the American Center for Law and Justice.

Eric Hawkins

Eric Hawkins is a Senior Manager of Media Relations for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, where he directs the efforts of the Church’s media relations team and serves as a spokesman for the Church. Prior to his employment at the Church, Eric owned a public outreach firm in Las Vegas specializing in public participation, facilitation and strategic planning for a broad range of clients including water and wastewater utilities, environmental planning organizations and a host of private clients. Eric is certified by the International Association of Facilitators as a Certified Professional Facilitator (CPF) and has worked with dozens of advisory groups to help them with strategic planning.

Governor Gary R. Herbert

Gary R. Herbert is Utah’s 17th Governor. He took the Oath of Office on August 11, 2009. Governor Herbert is focused on four cornerstones to strengthen Utah’s economy: Education, energy, jobs, and the ability of the State to solve its own problems. As a result, Utah is a premier destination for business, jobs and an enviable quality of life. Under Governor Herbert's leadership, Utah has been recognized as the Best State for Business and Careers by Forbes magazine in 2011, 2012, 2013, the Best State to Live In by GALLUP.COM, and the Number One Pro-Business State by Pollina Corporate, among other accolades. The Governor currently serves on the Executive Committee of the National Governors Association (NGA) and on the Education and Workforce Committee of the NGA. Prior to becoming the state’s chief executive, Governor Herbert served as Lieutenant Governor for five years. In 1990, the Governor was elected to the Utah County Commission. During his 14 years as county commissioner, he served as president of the Utah Association of Counties and as a board member of the Provo Orem Chamber of Commerce. Governor Herbert met his wife, Jeanette Snelson, at Brigham Young University. Shortly after their marriage, the Governor joined the Utah National Guard where he served for six years. He and Jeanette were small business owners for 23 years, and the Herberts are the proud parents of six children and 15 grandchildren.

Scott E. Isaacson

Scott Isaacson is Senior Fellow with the International Center for Law and Religion Studies and a member of the International section of the law firm Kirton McConkie. He advises domestic and foreign businesses and not-for-profit organizations regarding all aspects of international trade and business, with specific emphasis in Latin America. He previously served as International Legal Counsel for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, supervising all of the church's legal work in South America. As part of this position, he managed international real estate acquisitions and construction, complex litigation and international arbitration, international tax compliance for not-for-profit organizations, government relations, and legal implementation of new programs. On a regular basis, he makes presentations at international seminars held in countries such as Chile, Argentina, and Mexico about legal matters related to non-profit and religious organizations.  Isaacson is recognized as one of Utah's Legal Elite in international law.

Michael L. Jensen

Michael L. Jensen, an International Fellow of the International Center for Law and Religion Studies is at present Area Legal Counsel, Office of General Counsel, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in Frankfurt, Germany. He served from 2007-2009 as Area Legal Counsel in Hong Kong, and from 2001-2005 in the same role in Moscow, in which capacities he supervised corporate, tax, employment, real estate and construction, litigation, government relations, religious liberty and related legal issues for the Church in 26 countries in Asia and in 16 countries in Eastern Europe, respectively. Intermittent with these assignments he has been a member Of Counsel of the International Law Section and Employment Law Section of the law firm Kirton & McConkie, with a practice focusing on international law for not-for-profit organizations and on advising employers on all aspects of the employment relationship. Previous to his assignments for the Church, Mr. Jensen was associate then partner in the firm Luce Forward, San Diego, California, a member of their Labor and Employment Law Practice Group, and Practice Group Chair, specializing in all aspects of employment law and litigation in state and federal courts, including individual and class discrimination and wage litigation, wrongful termination litigation, collective bargaining, and general employment counseling and training. He was before this an associate in the firm O'Melveny & Myers, Los Angeles, California, and Law Clerk to the Honorable Eugene A. Wright, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, Seattle, Washington. A graduate cum laude of Princeton University Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Mr. Jensen received his law degree, cum laude, from J. Reuben Clark Law School, where he was Articles Editor of the law review and research assistant to Associate Dean E. Gordon Gee. He is admitted to practice in Utah, California, and Washington, and before the Supreme Court of the United States.

J. Quin Monson

Quin Monson is Associate Professor of Political Science at Brigham Young University and received his PhD from Ohio State University in 2004. His research and teaching are in public opinion; campaigns, elections, and voting behavior; survey research methods; and religion and politics. He co-directs the Utah Colleges Exit Poll and founded the Utah Voter Poll, an Internet panel survey conducted with a random sample of Utah voters. He is the co-editor of several books monographs on congressional and presidential elections and his research has also appeared in academic journals and edited volumes including Public Opinion Quarterly, Political Research Quarterly, Political Analysis, Presidential Studies Quarterly, and the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion.

Richard H. Page

Richard H. Page is an International Fellow with the International Center for Law and Religion Studies at Brigham Young University. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Brigham Young University in 1979, and received his J.D. from the J. Reuben Clark Law School in 1982. He served as a law clerk for the Honorable James K. Logan and the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Judicial Circuit (1982-1983). He then went on to work for law firms such as Shook, Hardy & Bacon (1987–1991), and Vinson & Elkins, LLP (1983–1987 and 1991–2006), currently Of Counsel for Kirton McConkie. He also served as Area Legal Counsel for the Europe East Area (2006-2010). He speaks both English and French.

Michael Purdy

Michael Purdy is the director of Government and Strategic Relations in the Public Affairs Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Prior to accepting this position he was the director of Media Relations for the Church. He and his team are responsible for building relationships with government leaders, tracking and analysis of government and legislative issues that affect the Church, and articulating Church positions to elected officials. He also oversees the Church’s Public Affairs offices in Washington, DC and New York City.

James R. Rasband

Dean Rasband joined the faculty of the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University in 1995. Prior to entering academia, he served as a law clerk to Judge J. Clifford Wallace of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and practiced law at Perkins Coie in Seattle, Washington, where his practice focused on Indian treaty litigation. Immediately prior to his appointment as dean, he was serving in university administration as the Associate Academic Vice President for Faculty. Dean Rasband’s research and teaching has centered on public land and natural resources law and policy. He has published many articles and book chapters on these subjects and is coauthor, along with James Salzman at Duke University and Mark Squillace at the University of Colorado, of Natural Resources Law and Policy, an important casebook in the field. He has taught courses in water law, wildlife law, public lands and natural resources law, torts, and international environmental law. He has also taught as a visiting professor at Murdoch University School of Law in Perth, Australia, and as a visiting fellow at T. C. Beirne School of Law, University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia.

Matthew Richards

Matt Richards is a member of the First Amendment & Religious Organizations and Litigation sections of the law firm Kirton McConkie. In addition to litigating cases, he provides general counsel services to clients, advising them on such diverse matters as regulatory compliance, electronic discovery and records management, historical preservation, and contract management. He has an extensive background in appeals and complex litigation in both federal and state courts. He has particular expertise in domestic and international religious liberty issues and has published articles and presented at international conferences on these topics. He has been recognized as one of Utah's Legal Elite for corporate law and a Mountain States Super Lawyer for business litigation.

Neville Rochow SC

Neville Rochow SC has been called to serve as a government relations missionary with his wife Penny in the European Union Office (Brussels) of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Neville and Penny previously were the National Interfaith Directors for the Church in Australia. Neville holds professorships at the University of Notre Dame (Australia) Law School and Sydney and Adelaide Law School, where he has specialized in law and religion and freedom of conscience. Before his retirement from full-time practice, he practiced nationally as a barrister, principally in federal courts, in areas of competition law and trade practices. He has also appeared before state and federal inquiries on religious freedom issues and constitutional questions relating to proposed legislation for same-sex marriage. He took silk (was awarded Queen’s Counsel status) in 2008. He has published widely in areas relating to his practice and also in relation to law and religion.

Gene Schaerr

Mr. Schaerr began practice in 1987 following clerkships on the U.S. Supreme Court (for Chief Justice Warren Burger and Justice Antonin Scalia) and on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit (for then-Judge Kenneth Starr). He graduated in 1985 from the Yale Law School, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Yale Journal on Regulation and Senior Editor of the Yale Law Journal. From 1991 to 1993, he served in the White House as Associate Counsel to the President, where he had responsibility for a wide range of constitutional and administrative-law issues, including those involving higher education, separation of powers, economic regulation, federalism and religious freedom.

Brett G. Scharffs

Brett Scharffs is Francis R. Kirkham Professor of Law at Brigham Young University’s J. Reuben Clark Law School, associate dean for faculty and curriculum, and associate director of the International Center for Law and Religion Studies. His teaching and scholarly interests include international and comparative law and religion. He is a graduate of Georgetown University, where he received a BSBA in international business and an MA in philosophy. He was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, earning a BPhil in philosophy. He received his JD from Yale Law School, where he was senior editor of the Yale Law Journal. For the past eight years he has been a visiting professor at Central European University in Budapest, teaching comparative law and religion. For the past several years he has helped organize a certificate training program in religion and the rule of law at Peking University Law School’s Center for Administrative and Constitutional Law, and a similar program in Vietnam at the Vietnam National University’s University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. He has also taught and helped organize programs at several Indonesian universities on sharia and human rights, and has taught law and religion as a visiting professor at the University of Adelaide School of Law in Australia. Professor Scharffs has written more than 100 articles and book chapters and has made more than 300 scholarly presentations in 30 countries. His casebook, Law and Religion: National, International and Comparative Perspectives (coauthored with his BYU Law School colleague W. Cole Durham Jr.), has been translated into Chinese, Vietnamese, and Turkish, and is scheduled for a second English edition in 2016.

Martin Slater

Martin Slater graduated with highest honors from the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University in 1982. He is admitted to the bars of, and practiced law in, the States of California and Utah. He served as Area Legal Counsel for the Africa West Area of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 2011 until June 2015. He was also adjunct professor of law at Pepperdine University Law School in 1984 and mission president of the Thailand Bangkok Mission of The LDS Church from 2000-2003. Since completing his Africa West Area assignment he as assumed a position Of Counsel with the Salt Lake City, Utah law firm of Kirton McConkie, while awaiting his next international assignment with the Church.

Robert T. Smith

As Managing Director of the International Center for Law and Religion Studies is the Center's Regional Advisor for the United States. Co-author with W. Cole Durham, Jr., and William Bassett, of Religious Organizations and the Law, a treatise for lawyers representing religious organizations in the United States, updated annually. Has co-authored numerous articles on religious freedom and other legal topics and speaks at international conferences on religious topics. Was Executive Vice-President and General Counsel, CaseData Corporation, and shareholder and chairman of Corporate and Tax department at the law firm Kirton & McConkie. Worked with law firms in Washington, DC and Chicago and as a CPA for Deloitte & Touche. BS in accounting from BYU and MBA magna cum laude from University of Notre Dame. JD magna cum laude from BYU Law School, where he was editor-in-chief of the Law Review and named to the Order of the Coif.

John Taylor

John R. Taylor’s public relations and marketing career has spanned more than twenty-five years. He is currently a director in the Public Affairs Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with responsibility for Interfaith Relations. Before returning from three years as serving as a Mission President in Monterrey, Mexico, John was the vice president of advertising and public relations at Intermountain Health Care. He enjoyed a twenty-one year career at Intermountain Health Care where he supervised and coordinated the public relations and advertising functions for the nationally-recognized integrated health care system. John is currently serving as the Stake President for the Draper Utah Mountain Point Stake.

J. Clifford Wallace

Judge Wallace is a native of San Diego, a Navy veteran, and a 1955 graduate of the University of California Boalt Hall School of Law. He has devoted more than fifty years to the law, as partner in a San Diego law firm, as a United States District Judge for the Southern District of California, and as member, and from 1991-1996 Chief Judge, of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Since assuming Senior Judge status in 1996, Judge Wallace has spent much of his time traveling every continent of the world to promote the rule of law in developing countries. A prolific writer, lecturer, and teacher, he has taught courses in judicial administration in the United States and throughout the world and has consulted with more than fifty judiciaries worldwide. He developed the concept of the Conference of Chief Justices of Asia and the Pacific and originated the idea and developed the concept for the American Inns of Court. Throughout his long and distinguished career of professional, church, and community service, Judge Wallace has received a great many honors, recognitions, and awards, including the 2005 Edward J. Devitt Distinguished Service to Justice Award, generally regarded as "the most prestigious honor conferred on a member of the federal judiciary," and the 2009 Distinguished Service Award for Religious Freedom from the International Center for Law and Religion Studies.

Deano C. Ware

Deano C. Ware is an attorney and graduate of Michigan State University’s James Madison College. He obtained his law degree from Wayne State University Law School and practices real property, employment and appellate law in Redford, Michigan.

Robin Fretwell Wilson

Robin Fretwell Wilson is the Roger and Stephany Joslin Professor of Law and Director of the Family Law and Policy Program at the University of Illinois College of Law. She specializes in family law and health law, and her research and teaching interests also include biomedical ethics, law and science, children and violence, and insurance. Author of seven books, including Reconceiving the Family:  Critical Reflections on the American Law Institute’s Principles of the Law of Family Dissolution (ed.); The Handbook of Children, Culture & Violence (with Nancy Dowd and Dorothy Singer, eds.); Same-Sex Marriage and Religious Liberty (with Douglas Laycock and Anthony Picarello, eds.); Health Law and Bioethics:  Cases in Context (with Joan Krause, Sandra Johnson, and Richard Saver, eds.); Domestic Relations: Cases and Materials, 7th edition (with Walter Wadlington and Raymond C. O’Brien); and Understanding Family Law, 4th edition (with John DeWitt Gregory and Peter N. Swisher). Her articles have appeared in the Boston College Law Review, Cornell Law Review, Emory Law Journal, North Carolina Law Review, San Diego Law Review, U.C. Davis Law Review, She has her research in China, Israel, Qatar, the Netherlands, Italy, England, Wales, Poland, Spain, Serbia, Japan, Canada, Norway, Denmark, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Turkey, and France, as well as throughout the United States. Member of the American Law Institute, and was elected in 2014 to the Executive Council of the International Society of Family Law. 

Stephen G. Wood

Professor (Emeritus) Stephen G. Wood received his JD from the University of Utah (1969) and his JSD from Columbia University (1980). He practiced law, primarily employment discrimination law, in the Washington, DC office of Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft (1971–74). Professor Wood joined the law faculty of the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University in August 1976 and retired in August 2010. He taught an employment law class most years during this time period. He is the coauthor of an early employment law casebook, Fair Employment Practices and Standards (Michie Company, 1982).

Lee Wright

Lee A. Wright joined Kirton McConkie in 2000. During his affiliation with the firm, he spent two years (from 2001 to 2003) in Africa as an associate area legal counsel for the LDS Church, and from 2004 to 2008 as associate general counsel with Famous Brands International, helping with international licensing, intellectual property, and franchisee relations issues. From 2008 to the present, Lee has been asked by the Church Office of General Counsel to routinely assist on projects in the Middle East Africa North Area, to address data privacy issues globally, and to assist with international contract reviews. He also assists several other clients with both domestic and international legal matters. Mr. Wright enjoys his involvement with BYU–Idaho’s Pathway Program and advising in franchise and trademark related matters for clients including Kneaders, Cafe Rio, Village Baker, and other culinary favorites. He has been privileged for the last several years to coordinate hosting many Jordanian judges following their LLM experience at BYU during a one-year practical training opportunity with Kirton McConkie.