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Why I Think All Law Students Should Subscribe to Westlaw’s Daily Docket

Westlaw finally released a legal news product last December called Westlaw Today. You can find Westlaw Today using the dropdown menu next to the Westlaw logo in the upper-left of the screen (where you access Practical Law). The delay was a bit of a head-scratcher because Thomson Reuters, the parent company of global news powerhouse […]More

Scales of Memory and Comparative Constitutional Law Research

BYU Law School is hosting a virtual book launch event today for Professor Justin Collings’ new book, Scales of Memory published by Oxford University Press. According to OUP, the book: “Explores how the constitutional courts in the United States, Germany, and South Africa have invoked slavery, Nazism, and apartheid – three historical evils – as […]More

A Bird’s-Eye View of Tax Research Databases

Tax law is among the most complex and technical legal fields, complicated by the fact that it is constantly changing. This article provides a quick overview of commercial databases that specialize in tax research for law students planning on careers in tax law. Every database uses the same foundation of primary sources like the tax […]More

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Howard W. Hunter

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Howard W. Hunter (1907-1995) was the 14th President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and is the only attorney ever to have served in that role.

As an attorney, President Hunter "… was known for his integrity, precise thinking, clear communications, and sense of fairness. He was also known as a “people lawyer”.… Howard was much more concerned about seeing that people got the help they needed than that he got compensated for it.”

From The Life and Ministry of Howard W. Hunter

Portrait of Howard W Hunter
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"President Hunter has stood as a highly visible example to all of the lawyers and law students who know him or know of him — and they number in the tens of thousands. He epitomizes the practice of law in the classic style: honor, ethical conduct, courtesy, gentility, the art of making the adversarial system work while sticking to the rules, and — though I list it last, I think of it as a component of first importance — integrity."

~ John S. Welch,
quoted in the March, 1991 issue of the Ensign