I just returned from the Annual JRCLS Conference that was held in Kansas City, Missouri. The Conference theme was "Obedience To Law Is Liberty". It was wonderful! It was well organized, addressed interesting topics and was attended by some of the brightest, kindest and most interesting attorneys you will find anywhere.
Women in Law hosted a panel presentation. It was entitled "Maintaining Spirituality When Dealing With Contention". Two judges, one from India and one from Arizona, were on the panel as well as the general counsel for the Community of Christ Church (formerly known as the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints).
The panelists were very open, sharing how their faith helps them handle difficult situations in their legal careers. The Indian Judge, Farah Shoukatali, said that because of her faith she would not accept bribes, although that is common practice in the Indian courts. The Arizona judge, Dan Barker, said he learned that you "control what you can control". Karen Minton, the general counsel, said that she prays everyday for guidance.
Women in Law also hosted a breakfast. We had a wonderful group attend: about 35-40 women and a couple of men. Each person shared a little bit about themselves and that once again showed, although we are different, with different challenges and gifts, we share so many things in common with one another.
Next year the Annual Conference is going to be held in Phoenix, Arizona. It will be held the second week of February. If you would like to contact some of the women who attended this year in order to help you decide if you'd like to attend next year, please let me know (email@example.com). Start planning for next year. It will be time well spent.