J. Reuben Clark Law Society Honors Sen. Harry Reid and Sister Ruth Lybbert Renlund

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  • 31 January 2017

Senator Harry M. Reid, left, speaks with Elder M. Russell Ballard at the J. Reuben Clark Law Society Annual Fireside at the Little Theater in the LDS Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Friday, January 20, 2017.  Photo by Laura Seitz, Deseret News.

Article Highlights

  • Senator Harry Reid was honored with the Distinguished Public Service Award.
  • Sister Ruth Lybbert Renlund was honored with the Exemplary Leadership Award.

The J. Reuben Clark Law Society honored Senator Harry Reid for his 34-year long career in politics with the Distinguished Public Service Award at its annual fireside in the Conference Center, on January 20. Senator Reid from Nevada served five terms in the U.S. Senate, including eight years as majority leader, before retiring in 2016.

Elder Lance B. Wickman, general counsel for the Church and an emeritus General Authority Seventy, presented the award. “As one of the most visible public officials in the nation, he also has been one of the most influential. In every way he has been a force to be reckoned with,” Elder Wickman said.

“Throughout all his years at the pinnacle of government, he has been a loyal, constant source of wisdom and timely assistance on many matters of vital interest to the Church.”

The law society also honored Sister Ruth Lybbert Renlund, wife of Elder Dale G. Renlund, with the Exemplary Leadership Award. Sister Renlund practiced law in Salt Lake City as a civil litigation attorney for more than 20 years and is the former president of the law firm Dewsnup, King, and Olsen. She gave the keynote address at the fireside.

“When we settle our minds on becoming a disciple of Jesus Christ, we will naturally build good character and the reputation that follows,” Sister Renlund said. She shared several life lessons learned from the law and her father, Merlin R. Lybbert, who was also a lawyer. She said, “We need to choose to have our actions reflect our religious beliefs. Our personal religious convictions bring strength to the law but also to our homes, to our community, and to our Church.”

Elder M. Russell Ballard and Elder Renlund, both of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, attended the event.

Elder Lance B. Wickman, right, presents Senator Harry M. Reid with a Distinguished Public Service Award at the J. Reuben Clark Law Society Annual Fireside in the Conference Center on January 20. Photo by Laura Seitz, Deseret News.

Sister Ruth Lybbert Renlund, who practiced law as a civil litigation attorney for more than 20 years and is the former president of a law firm, gives the keynote address at the January 20 J. Reuben Clark Law Society fireside, at which she received the Exemplary Leadership Award. She is the wife of Elder Dale G. Renlund of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.

Sister Ruth Lybbert Renlund receives the Exemplary Leadership Award at the J. Reuben Clark Law Society fireside in the Conference Center on January 20.