Symposium 2011: The “Unmatched” Student Executive Committee

The Student Executive Committee makes the Symposium possible. The staff of the International Center for Law and Religion Studies, and the delegates to the 18th Annual International Law and Religion Symposium are profoundly grateful to this year’s outstanding Committee: Rebecca Hansen, Heath Becker, Chase Gunnell, Nate White, Kimberly Tolman, Jordan Teuscher, Cecily Couture, Justin CaplinJosh Bishop, Tyler Albrechtsen, Jens Rasmussen, Brandon Bastian, Rachel Snow, and Carly Castle

The success of the Symposium each year is due in large part to the planning and performance of these remarkable law students, who assume heavy responsibilities during many months leading up to the October event…

Summer Externship in New Zealand: Rachel Snow

Brigham  Young University Law student Rachel Snow reports on the six weeks she spent during summer 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand as a Student Research Fellow for the International Center for Law and Religion Studies, working with the Area Legal Counsel for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Rachel is a summa cum laude graduate of BYU-Idaho, with a BA in art history and minor in English. Before enrolling in laws school she taught English in China and served a mission for the LDS Church in Columbus, Ohio. She has also served for two years leading the Documents Team on the Student Executive Committee for the International Law and Religion Symposium. She is also president of the 2012 BYU Law Trial Advocacy team. In a YouTube video interview Rachel explains the rewards of her externship in Auckland.

Carols in the Commons 2011: Brandon Bastian, Josh Bishop, Kia Hohaia

Three members of the Student Executive Committee for the 2012 International Law and Religion Symposium — Brandon Bastian, Joshua Bishop, and Kia Hohaia — participated in the Law School Choir performance Carols in the Commons in December 2011. Soloist Brandon has served for two years a co-chair of the Symposium Concierge/Hosting team. He was a Student Fellow for the International Center for Law and Religion Studies during summer 2011, working with the Office of General Counsel for the LDS Church in Salt Lake City and leading the student team that contributed to the Center’s amicus brief in the landmark US Supreme Court case Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Church and School v. EEOC. Josh has also served on the Executive Committee for two years, as member and…

Fellowship Helps BYU Law Student Prepare for Work After Graduation

[From the website of the J. Reuben Clark Law School, 11 July 2011]

Elsa Jacobsen is one of ten law students and recent graduates who contributed research to a Supreme Court amicus brief for Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Church and School v. EEOC. Jacobsen gained valuable experience in research throughout her education at BYU Law—from her legal research and writing class to a Law and Religion Fellowship…

Robert Smith on Pew Forum Report: Also Remember Shared Values, Common Goals

Professor Robert T. Smith, Managing Director of the International Center for Law and Religion Studies at the J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University, was quoted extensively in an article by Michael DeGroote published in the 27 August 2011 edition of The Deseret News. The article appeared in response to a recent report of the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life entitled “Rising Restrictions on Religion.” The report, prepared under the direction of Brian J. Grim, Pew senior researcher and director of cross-national data, traces developments during the period 2006-2009 and notes alarming trends suggesting increasing restrictions on religious freedoms

Cole Durham Named ICLARS President at Conference in Santiago, Chile – September 2011

Professor W. Cole Durham, Jr., Director of the International Center for Law and Religion Studies (ICLRS) at Brigham Young University, was installed as President of the International Consortium for Law and Religion Studies (ICLARS) at the Second ICLARS Conference, held 8-10 September 2011 in Santiago, Chile. Professor Durham succeeds Professor Silvio Ferrari of Università degli Studi di Milano. Professor Robert Smith, ICLRS Managing Director, serves as member of the ICLARS Secretariat. 

ICLARS is an international network of scholars and experts of law and religion. It began in 2007, with the aim of providing a place where information, data, and opinions could be exchanged among members and made available to the broader scientific community. To this end, ICLARS…