Legal Briefs: Utah Justice Centers & Muslim Ban

  • Women Leaders Tour Justice Center in Utah. LDS Church Newsroom. A donation from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will enhance on-site medical services at 8 children’s justice center locations in Utah.
  • Persecution of early Mormons underscores error in U.S. ban of Muslims, LDS legal scholars argue in court brief. Salt Lake Tribune. The U.S. government once attacked Mormons of their faith, blocked LDS immigrants from entering the country or jailed them at the border. It even tried to coerce some of them into converting to Protestantism. It should not make the same mistake with Muslims, Mormon legal scholars and historians argue in a friend-of-the-court brief filed Thursday against President Donald Trump’s executive order banning immigrants from six mostly Muslim nations.

BYU Job Opening – General Counsel

**I received this email earlier this afternoon.**

BYU Office of General Counsel seeks to fill an opening.  Note the April 3 close.

BYU’s Office of the General Counsel is seeking your help in advertising for a new opening in our office. The position will reside in Provo, Utah but work will focus on the needs of BYU Idaho.  Would you be willing to let your chapter members know about this opportunity?  The posting can be found at and will close April 3, 2017.  I have included a link below.

Job #62730 Associate University Counsel BYU Idaho

BYU Law School- Job Opening

BYU Law School is seeking applications for two new positions: Assistant Dean of Communications, and a Distinguished Practitioner in Residence.

The Assistant Dean of Communications will promote the Law School’s efforts to influence external constituencies through publications, marketing, public relations, and academic events.  Applicants should have experience in marketing or public relations, as well as leadership and management experience, and should be committed to the mission and aims of ​​BYU Law School and Brigham Young University.  The job description and application appears on the BYU Yjobs website (Job ID 61698).

The Distinguished Practitioner in Residence will teach two courses during the term of appointment, and is considered a professional position. A successful applicant will have a J.D. degree, an outstanding academic background, a commitment to producing influential and enduring scholarship, and a devotion to high-quality teaching. The job description and application appears on the BYU Yjobs website (Job ID 61553).

Register for JRCLS Annual Conference

The J. Reuben Clark Law Society 2017 Annual Conference in Philadelphia is a month away. Please join us in a birthplace of the United States for an historic occasion. Use this link to register:

Held in the shadow of Independence Hall, conference sessions will focus on constitutional issues and the Founding. Additionally, sessions will address contemporary matters unique to Law Society members. Attendees may obtain up to seven CLE credits, including one ethics credit. Session highlights include:

  • The Legal Legacy of the Birthplace of America
  • Supreme Court Nomination Process: Personal Experiences
  • Joseph Smith, the Preamble, and the Constitution
  • The Meaning of American English in America’s Founding
  • The Lawyer in the Foyer: Ethical Considerations
  • How to Engage in Religious Freedom Today

The link to the full schedule is here:

There’s only a week left to get the early bird registration rate, so make your travel plans and register today:

LL.M – Aviation Law

What is an LL.M?

An LL.M degree provides juris doctors the opportunity to gain ever more education in a specialized area of law. Virtually every law school in the country has LL.M programs however, not one offers an LL.M in aviation law.

Why an LL.M in Aviation Law?

An LL.M in aviation law would provide attorneys the opportunity to learn more about aviation law in the United States. The law is constantly changing and expanding.

LL.M at the University of Dayton School of Law

Because of Dayton’s and the University of Dayton’s special relationship with aviation, no school is better prepared to introduce an LL.M in aviation law to the United States. Dayton, Ohio is the birthplace of aviation as the Wright brothers were born and raised there. 

Professionals Who Will Benefit from an LL.M in Aviation Law

There are three principle types of professionals that will benefit from earning an LL.M in aviation law at the University of Dayton School of Law (“UDSL”). The first type of professional is recent graduates from law school. Whether these individuals studied at UDSL or another law school they would be highly marketable in the diverse world of aviation law. The job market is very competitive for new graduates and an LL.M in aviation law could set them apart. 

Practicing aviation lawyers are the second type of professional who would benefit from an LL.M in aviation law. Whether the practicing attorney works as; in-house counsel, personal injury lawyer, or insurance defense their education will make them better attorneys.

The third type of professional to benefit from an LL.M in aviation law are non-attorneys that work in the aviation arena. These professionals may range from; consultants to the airplane manufacturer’s, airport managers, employees of an airline operator, life-flight helicopter companies, police departments, drone manufacturers, large construction companies that now use drones on a daily basis, etc.

This third group of professionals could “audit” classes to become better acquainted with aviation laws and how it impacts their companies. Not necessarily for the pursuit of the degree but to make them better employees. This additional education may help companies avoid costly mistakes and potential litigation.

State of Aviation Law

Aviation law is very complex and is constantly evolving as new technologies are developed. In addition to more planes filling our skies everyday the use of commercial drones is becoming highly regulated. Countless drones have already been sold in our country with the expectation that millions more will be sold in the coming years. As the use of these drones become more common it is an area of law that the LL.M program could focus on.

Additionally, the participants in “space tourism” is expected to explode in the coming years. As private companies like Space-X and Virgin Galactic develop this new enterprises there will be an insatiable need for attorneys who can consult them through this extremely complex area of law.

As you can see, the need for professional educated in the different aspects of aviation law is intense. A multi-billion dollar aviation company would jump at the chance of hiring someone with the exceptional qualifications that an LL.M in aviation law from UDSL would provide.   

UDSL and Teaming with Other Universities

Universities across the country offer degrees focusing on different aspects of commercial aviation. For example, the University of North Dakota offers degrees in aviation technology management, airport management, air traffic control, and many other degrees. Utah Valley University and many other universities have specialties involving aviation. All of these universities could benefit from creating an affiliation with UDSL and its LL.M program.

This affiliation could allow their students to tap into UDSL’s vast treasuretrove of aviation knowledge. These students studying commercial aviation at other universities could benefit by having a better understanding of the interaction between their future employment and aviation law. This additional knowledge would make them more well-rounded students and better prepared to enter the real world of commercial aviation.

Benefits to the University of Dayton and the School of Law

UDSL will become known throughout the world as the epicenter of American aviation law. UDSL will increase the number of law students attending its juris doctorate program. Future law students who know they want to practice aviation law will attend the law school when they might not otherwise have.

The program may bring in additional grants to the University of Dayton itself. As the University continues to become known as a go-to place for aviation engineering it is likely that more companies and government funding may go to the school.   

Implementing the LL.M Program at the University of Dayton Law School

“Where there’s a will, there’s a way” and once the University of Dayton School of Law understands the enormous benefit of this program then all of the pieces will fall into place. Finding professors who are willing to and skilled to teach classes won’t be too hard to find. By taking advantage of modern technology these professors may not even need to relocate themselves. Practicing aviation attorneys will jump at the chance to teach these classes. Not only will it put a few extra dollars in their pocket but it will also be used as a sign to their clients/potential clients that they are experts in the field of aviation law.

I for one, am happy to help in whatever way possible to make this dream a reality.

BYU’s J. Reuben Clark Law School is Hiring

***Job Announcement***

BYU law is now seeking applicants for faculty positions beginning in Fall of 2017.

The J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University is seeking applicants for one or more continuing faculty status track faculty positions to begin Fall Semester 2017.

A successful applicant must have a JD degree, an outstanding academic background, a record that indicates a strong likelihood of becoming a well-published and nationally recognized scholar, and an intense commitment to teaching, research and writing that will leave no time for significant law practice or consulting.

Curricular needs include Bankruptcy, Contracts, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Employment Law, Evidence, Family Law, Professional Responsibility, and Secured Transactions, but all applicants with strong credentials will be considered.

Applicants must create an online faculty application at, posting number 57328. Each applicant’s curriculum vitae or cover letter should include (1) a description of the applicant’s research agenda, (2) a list of preferred courses to teach, and (3) references.

Applications should be submitted by December 1, 2016, but the Law School will consider applications on a rolling basis once the position is posted. BYU, an equal opportunity employer, requires all faculty to observe the university’s honor code and dress and grooming standards. Preference is given to qualified candidates who are members in good standing of the affiliated church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

For further information, contact Brigham Daniels, Appointments Committee Chair, at