Who We Are


The Rex E. Lee Law Society is UVa's chapter of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society. At 50 members (as of 2013), it is by far the largest JRCLS chapter in the T14. Our group is dedicated to supporting the needs of incoming 1Ls through formal and informal mentoring and training. We are able to draw on the collective wisdom and diverse skills of all of our chapter members to help one another navigate this exciting yet challenging three-year experience. We also strive to enrich the lives of our members and their families through regular activities.

2014-2015 OFFICERS
President Philip Hurst
Vice President David Williams
Treasurer Ryan Awerkamp
Secretary Matthew Colson
Director of Mentoring Andrew Selman
Director of Mentoring David Crocket
Director of Recruiting Michele Trichler
Director of Recruiting Glenn Gavin
Alumni Specialist Brandon Chirstensen
Activities Chair Spencer Perkins

The J. Reuben Clark Law Society is an organization of lawyers and law school students consisting of over 65 professional and 125 student chapters throughout the world. It is named in honor of J. Reuben Clark the former Ambassador to Mexico and Under Secretary of State. The only requirements for membership are graduation from (or current attendance at) a law school and support of the mission statement, which declares:

We affirm the strength brought to the law by a lawyer's personal religious conviction. We strive through public service and professional excellence to promote fairness and virtue founded upon the rule of law.

The organization currently claims 14 US Circuit Court of Appeals Judges, 18 US District Court Judges, 4 US Attorneys, 6 US Senators, 9 US Congressman, 17 Fortune 500 Corporate Counselors, more than 85 State Supreme Court, Appellate Court, and District Court judges, and thousands of other practicing attorneys and law students.

Rex E. Lee (1935-96) was a respected Constitutional lawyer and Latter-day Saint. Originally from Arizona, Lee was an alumnus and tenth president of Brigham Young University (1989-95). In the realm of law, Lee clerked for former U.S. Supreme Court justice Byron White and served as United States Solicitor General under the Reagan Administration. He argued 59 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. Current U.S. Supreme Court justice Samuel Alito served as assistant to Solicitor General Lee from 1981 to 1985. Lee is the author of several books, including A Lawyer Looks at the Constitution, A Lawyer Looks at the Equal Rights Amendment, and What Do Mormons Believe?