Elder Dallin H. Oaks, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and former justice of the Utah Supreme Court, will address the J. Reuben Clark Law Society on Friday, February 11 at 7 p.m. from the Conference Center Theater in downtown Salt Lake City.
Elder Oaks' address will be broadcast over the LDS Church satellite network to chapels across North America, with simulcast translation into Spanish and Portuguese. Attorneys who wish to watch the broadcast can contact their local Brigham Young University Alumni chapter for information on broadcast locations or obtain permission from their stake presidents to set up the satellite feed.
"The purpose of this annual fireside is to motivate the law society members to live up to the highest professional standards while keeping an appropriate balance with their personal and spiritual lives," said Kevin J. Worthen, dean of BYU's J. Reuben Clark Law School. "Elder Oaks, through his service as an apostle after a career as a lawyer, a professor at the University of Chicago Law School, president of Brigham Young University and justice of the Utah Supreme Court, has demonstrated the professional and personal integrity the society endorses."
The 6,000-member society is a service organization for lawyers, including graduates of BYU's J. Reuben Clark Law School. The organization believes that the rule of law is strengthened by personal religious conviction and encourages its members to commit themselves to public service and professional excellence.
This is the third annual J. Reuben Clark Law Society fireside. Previous speakers have been President James E. Faust and President Boyd K. Packer.
Elder Oaks was called to serve in the Quorum of the Twelve in 1984. Before his call, Elder Oaks was a justice for the Utah Supreme Court. He served as president of BYU from 1971 to 1980. Elder Oaks graduated from BYU in 1954 and from the University of Chicago Law School in 1957. Early in his career, he served for a year as a law clerk to Chief Justice Earl Warren of the United State Supreme Court. He was a professor at the University of Chicago Law School for 10 years.