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Hi I'm Jim

I'm an appellate lawyer -- and a Mormon.

About Me

I am an appellate lawyer. For many years I represented a state government. I like being involved where public policy and law meet. Many of my cases involved constitutional law state and federal, administrative law, or tax law. Now I am in private practice--but still get some public policy cases, to my delight. I am a teacher. For many years I was an adjunct professor of law. In my daily practice, either with the government or the firm, I have taught a wide range of legal skills, from writing to taking depositions. I also teach at church -- and enjoy teaching in all forums. I am a father. I have three grown children. They have graduated from college and scattered--one of them to the Washington DC area, where my wife and I met and were married in the Washington DC LDS Temple. I try to be a cyclist--but it's hard to find time. Which is why not long ago I gave up on being a sailor (in the landlocked Midwest? what was I thinking!) and sold my small boat.

Why I am a Mormon

I am often reminded of one reason: the promise of guidance from the Holy Ghost. I have been grateful, every time I've made a major, life-changing decision (such as moving beck into private practice--and to another city), that I could receive guidance from my Heavenly Father via the third member of the Godhead.

How I live my faith

My favorite Church assignment now is serving in the St. Louis Missouri Temple. The quiet there is calming--as is the Spirit that fills the building. What we do there--"ordinances" (some churches call them "sacraments") that point us away from this life an toward eternity. That longer-range vision helps put troubles in this life into perspective.

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

While I had a Church assignment to help missionaries and Church members work together in Missouri and Illinois, I thought a lot about this. The answer, in my view, is two-fold. First, we understand that everyone on earth is a child of God. That makes us all brothers and sisters, with the same Heavenly Father. We feel a desire to share with our spiritual siblings the knowledge and understanding we have of Jesus Christ, of God his (and our) Father, and of the Gospel. Second, we have extraordinarily valuable knowledge and understanding to share. One thing is the Book of Mormon, another testament of Jesus Christ. It adds detail and clarity to the teachings of the Old and new Testaments. Another is that God has called a prophet to speak for him in our day -- a prophet like Abraham and Moses and Elijah. I am confident that everyone who reads the Book of Mormon and listens to what modern-day prophets tell us will be blessed. Missionaries explain why and provide the guidance that lets people do just that. Show more Show less