JRCLS History Committee Working to preserve more than 20 years of Law Society history through the use of written questionnaires and oral interviews. Completed oral interviews вЂў вЂў вЂў вЂў вЂў вЂў Ralph Hardy Brent Belnap Scott Cameron Bruce Hafen Reese Hansen Joe Bentley Here are just a few of the many nuggets from those long-form conversations вЂ¦ Ralph Hardy, speaking about his initial meeting with Bruce Hafen which would eventually give rise to the J. Reuben Clark Law Society We sat and visited for a long time in my study. We got talking about some of the things about the (BYU) Law School and the founding. I told him about my experience of having gone to the dedication. And we talked about all the Latter-day Saint lawyers. And as we talked about it, the concept of a society, of a kind of an LDS bar association, was discussed. We just talked about it as a concept. вЂ¦ The next thing I remember is that Bruce called me up a couple weeks later and he said, "I'm really excited about this. Let's really take this and run with it." So that started a series of meetings. And then Bruce really had the bit in his teeth; he pulled together a group of other people and called some meetings out here. Joe Bentley, recalling the first event of the JRCLS L.A. Chapter 1990 was our first event вЂ“ that was in Los Angeles. Howard Hunter came down with Bruce (Hafen) and now Reese Hansen. That same year, Reese becomes the dean of the law school, 1990. This is a big event; they invited us to come up from Orange County and bring whoever we could, so we brought several carfuls. We had two or three tables, maybe more. It was at the Hilton hotel. It was by no means 300 like you had back in D.C., but it was a good sizable gathering, maybe 200. John Welch presided and conducted that meeting. Brent Belnap reveals why he gravitated to the Law Society A father of four and bishop, billing over 3,000 hours a year, and I needed balance in my life. вЂ¦ Our third child turned one and my wife pulled down the photo album from our bookshelf in our living room as we were celebrating his birthday, and in the photo album of course were all these pictures of these events in his life. I had no recollection of anything, of any of those events. I had not been there. I was doing deals in London and Jo-berg, South Africa, and flying all over the place and making myself sick and billing tons of hours and just doing what I was told to do as a lawyer and what I felt I needed to do to succeed at my law firm. I ended up leaving, actually, and I ended up coming to a crossroads where I decided it wasn't worth it. But it was right at about that time that, yeah, I felt I needed balance. Brent Belnap explains how his involvement in the Law Society keeps him grounded This has been so professionally and personally fulfilling and rewarding. The Law Society fills a dimension вЂ” I would say in my personal life and in my professional life вЂ” that is filled in no other way. This Law Society allows one to integrate your professional life with your most inner-core personal convictions and religious beliefs. You feel like you are part of something much greater than yourself. For example, serving on the Executive Committee we have weekly Board calls. Every one of those calls begins and ends with a word of prayer. To be in a place of work where you are integrating your religious life and you are trying to do something for the greater good, and then 10 minutes before and 5 minutes after you're off that call you're back to doing your same old bread and butter work, it's not only a great pause in the day, it helps you keep a bigger vision and a bigger picture. Neville Rochow explaining why he started JRCLS chapters in Australia You can go to church anywhere in the world and be taught the same things. However, there is a bit of isolation as a lawyer in the Church because you have a special set of problems in this profession. I remember attending a panel organized by Brent Belnap вЂ” a вЂњDr. Phil session" for lawyers. An attorney from Chicago; a former Supreme Court Chief Justice from Arizona, Bud Jones; and Elder Nash sat on the panel. They spoke so frankly and sincerely and with the Spirit. I had never felt the Spirit so strongly, and I remember thinking, "This is the support you need." One of the reasons I wanted to start JRCLS chapters in Australia was to ensure that my children have the opportunity to feel that same support not only as members of the Church, but as lawyers. I want succeeding generations to feel that someone is watching out for them as they go forward in the profession. Keith Thompson, instrumental in founding JRCLS chapters in Australia, Asia Pacific and Africa, fleshes out some of the important roles the Law Society fills. I see the Law Society in much the same way as the Brethren have described priesthood quorums вЂ” and, for that matter, Relief Societies. They are service units; they are fraternities and sororities вЂ” places of deep personal friendships and understanding, places of brotherhood and sisterhood; and they can be a place where we can teach each other the laws of God and how they can beneficially influence and improve the laws of man. вЂ¦ I believe the Society was created by inspiration. It is an inspired and an inspiring organization.