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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Introducing the New Chair and Vice-Chair of the WIL Committee

The JRCLS Women in Law Committee has a new Chair and Vice-Chair.  Karen Clemes (L) is the new chair.  She is Associate General Counsel at Ancestry.com in Salt Lake City, Utah.  Angel Zimmerman (R) is the new vice-chair.  She is the Managing Partner at Zimmerman & Zimmerman P.A. in Topeka, Kansas.  We look forward to the leadership these women will provide!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Fellowship Opportunity at Center for Women, Faith, & Leadership


"The CWFL Fellowship Program is an innovative 2-year program that offers women of faith the opportunity to increase their capacity and leadership skills, in order to more fully impact global affairs, peace-building and conflict resolution.  Fellows will learn from one another, and from a network of experts, in order to enhance their leadership, cross-cultural communication, and negotiation skills, while leveraging their expertise and networks in order to influence and educate multiple audiences and stakeholders.  The Fellowship concludes with a capstone project where Fellows work together, applying their skills and networks to a particular issue/challenge.  In the process these Fellows demonstrate how women of faith can play integral roles in decision-making in global affairs, while also building a global movement of women educated and equipped to be difference makers both in analyzing problems and implementing practical solutions."

The fellowship includes conferences held in Washington D.C., as well as online training.  For a detailed description of the fellowship and schedule, please see the CWFL Fellowship Application

Applications must be submitted by December 20, 2014, and fellowship recipients will be contacted by January 30, 2015. 

Questions may be directed to Kristen Lundquist, Program Officer with the Center for Women, Faith & Leadership at klundquist@globalengage.org.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Top Ten Ways to Build and Extend Women in Law

JRCLS WIL Members Cynthia Lange and Nancy Van Slooten

The J. Reuben Clark Leadership Conference took place at Brigham Young University and Aspen Grove, Utah October 2-3, 2014.  During the conference, the new chair of the Women in the Law Committee Karen Clemes gave a presentation about the Top Ten Ways to Build and Extend Women in Law.  This is a great resource for JRCLS chapter leaders and women who are interested in starting a WIL committee in their local chapter.  The presentation is available at this link.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Color Run for UN Women

(Written by Christy Matelis, a law student at BYU, and a member of the WIL Committee and Student Chapters Board.)

If any of you are in the Salt Lake City, Utah area and are available on August 23rd, I wanted to let you know about an interesting, worthwhile upcoming event.

Join the Utah Chapter of the U.S. National Committee for UN Women as a volunteer at Salt Lake City's "Color Run" on August 23rd.  Proceeds of the event go to charity partners based on the number of their volunteers that commit.  We need 120 more. 

Simply click on the link below, then click on "Volunteer," and select the option to volunteer in association with a charity. Volunteers may help with registration, throw color, hand out water, etc.  

Sign up now, and Color Run officials will contact you later to confirm the details. Register at: Color Run volunteer Registration.

For more information about the Color Run please visit thecolorrun.com/salt-lake-city.  If you're not near Salt Lake, maybe there will be another run in your area.

(UN Women works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; empowerment of women; and achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action, and peace and security. See more at: UN Women.

Friday, August 1, 2014

A Mother's Ambitions

(This article was suggested by Angel Zimmerman, a WIL Committee member and JRCLS Kansas City Chapter Chair elect.)

I read this article recently and thought you might enjoy it as much as I did. It was written by Yael Chatov Schonbrun, a psychologist and assistant professor of psychology and human behavior at Brown University.  She entitled it "A Mother's Ambitions".

It hits home on numerous fronts.  I know I have felt so many of the things she expressed. I'll give you a few excerpts:

I felt like a constant disappointment. I felt the ever present pressure of needing to be writing a new grant or paper, needing to keep up on the literature. And I hated knowing that my mentors and colleagues were not terribly impressed with me anymore.

Spending more time with my child wasn’t my only consideration in what to do with my career. There was also my identity (who was I, if not a clinical psychologist and researcher and a generally ambitious person?), my sanity (could I really be home with a baby every day?), and the practical matter of my family’s finances (my income was needed to maintain our lifestyle). So finally, after months of agonizing, I made a decision: to back down, but not bail out.

[M]y productivity within each role is limited. My kids are probably the most satisfied — they enjoy our days home together, and they also love going to day care with their friends. But my patients get frustrated with my limited availability, and my colleagues at the university sometimes seem baffled by my desire to stay in academia in a way that is not particularly ambitious or impressive.

The real problem, however, is me. I certainly wish that I didn’t still feel like a postdoctoral fellow, salary-wise, after the ridiculous number of years of school I’ve completed, and I wish that my house and lifestyle weren’t so much smaller and simpler than those of my close friends who stayed on competitive career tracks. More painful, though, is sitting in on a research meeting, listening to my colleagues bounce around new project ideas and talk about complex data analytics or new methods of biological verification of substance use that can be incorporated into grant applications. Where I used to feel like a member of the group, and a leader on some projects, I now feel a half step behind.

[A]mbition makes our world move forward. But could it be possible that greatness can also mean finding ways to increase the amount of happiness in the world, even if that work happens on a tiny stage that can be seen and applauded by few, except perhaps by a pudgy 1-year-old and a chatty 4-year-old?

If you'd like to read the entire article, which I hope you will, you can find it at A Mother's Ambition.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

The "GET List" to Beat Fatigue

(Written by Desiree Nordstrom, a WIL Committee member.)

Do you ever feel so exhausted that you fear if you sit down, you might not be able to get back up? Or do you ever wake up in the morning and find yourself looking forward to bedtime? This is often the new normal for a working mother. 

Even after the years of sleepless nights that come with having young children, it feels like our bodies continue to operate in an auto-piloted, zombie mode. But frankly, when we examine the facts, most working moms are pretty darn good at operating in zombie mode while still producing high quality work. Sound familiar?

We all know that if mom goes down…the entire family goes down. Here is a go-to “GET List” for ensuring that you not only are able to function properly, but also to give your fatigued body a jump start.

-Get 8 hours of sleep every night – The exact amount of sleep might vary person to person. Find that “must have” amount for you…and protect that time.

-Get some physical activity – Whether you stop at the gym on the way to work or you take a 10 Tips minute break from working from home to push your child in a stroller around the neighborhood. Getting movement in will fight the fatigue by boosting your energy.

-Get organized – The more organized you are, the more efficiently you can complete your tasks, thus freeing yourself to focus on other things. Did someone say nap?

-Get more sunlight – Open the curtains – Sunlight provides our bodies with vitamin D, which contributes to peak energy levels.

-Get down more water – Do you hydrate your body enough to keep it running properly? Breathing, talking, typing, even sitting - uses up your body’s water supply thus causing dehydration which causes a serious loss of energy, as well as other problems.

-Get down the proper amount of food – Do not skip meals, nor eat too much. Neither extreme is worth losing the energy that is required to meet and complete your responsibilities. Great energy producing foods include berries, fish, eggs, yogurt, almonds, carrots, whole grains, and anything high in fiber, but I suspect you already know this.

-Get water on your face – Splash your face – It is something so simple, but studies have shown that splashing cool water on your face may restore energy even faster than other options.

-Get a massage – Yes, I just gave you permission. A massage can counter anxiety, headaches and fatigue. Go for it, and if anyone questions you, have them call me.

-Get some atmosphere going – Tickle your ears and nose – Play some upbeat music and fill the air with a smell that invigorates. An uplifting atmosphere is energizing. Have fresh flowers in your work area, they gladden the heart and strengthen the spirit.

-Get a smile on your face and have a good laugh, even if you force it – Science has documented that smiling and laughing, release endorphins which, as you know, make us feel happier and less stressed by reducing the stress hormone cortisol. Laughing expands the lungs and replenishes the cells, as well as releases suppressed emotions. Smiling attracts people to you, and stimulates a positive attitude, all of which not only increases your energy, but also spreads happiness to others.  

If you have any other tips for fighting fatigue, I would love to hear what has worked for you.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

A Resource for Strength and Direction

(Written by Nan Barker, WIL Committee chair.)

Members of the International Women in Law Committee have been participating in a leadership training program.  It includes reading, writing, mentoring, etc.  One of the assignments has been to read the second volume of "Life in the Law".

"Life in the Law" is a three volume set of talks given by a variety of people and compiled by the J. Reuben Clark Law School.  The first volume is entitled "Answering God's Interrogatories", the second is "Service and Integrity" and the third is "Religious Conviction". You can access all three volumes by going to this site: Life in the Law.

"Service and Integrity" is broken up into four sections: Be Ethical, Be Healers, Be Professional and Be Servants.  Talks were contributed by Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, Judge Thomas B. Griffith, Professor Cole Durham, Elder Neal A. Maxwell and Kenneth W. Starr, to name a few.

This month's assignment was to read "Be Healers".  The talks were insightful and grounding.  Some highlights for me from President James E. Faust's talk, "Be Healers" were the following:

"To be fully successful in the law, one does not have to be brilliant or exceptionally gifted.  The most effective work of the world is done by ordinary people who put forth extraordinary effort."

"The kind of a lawyer you are depends in large measure upon your character.  If you are going to point the way, you need to be more than skilled advocates  You need to be decent human beings trying to solve problems.  You need to be teachers as well as advocates and draftsmen."

"Before the wounds of injustice can heal, there must first come a feeling of peace.  So, in a sense, a lawyer who helps make peace becomes something of a healer."

Check out "Life in the Law".  You, and those with whom you associate, will benefit because of it.