Religious Freedom

Meet our leadership!

Robert Snyder, Religious Freedom Committee Chair

Robert is an attorney at Kirton McConkie and has served on the Religious Freedom Committee since its inception. He has worked as Assistant Secretary to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and as Secretary to the Commissioner of the Church Education System. He is actively engaged in his kids’ football programs, serves as chair of the Cyberlaw Section of the Utah State Bar, and loves agility competitions with his dog S’more.

Hannah Smith, Vice Chair of Civil Society Outreach and Engagement

Hannah is Associate Director at the International Center for Law and Religion Studies at BYU Law School and has served in leadership positions on both the Religious Freedom and Women in Law Committees since their inception. She has represented over a dozen major faith traditions on legal matters protecting religious freedom over the course of her career, including four landmark U.S. Supreme Court decisions. She and her husband John (also a JRCLS member) live in Utah with their 4 wonderful children and their Bloodhound Daisy and Golden Retriever Maggie.

Tanner Bean, Vice Chair of Operations and Administration

Tanner Bean is an attorney at Fabian VanCott focusing on employment, appellate, and litigation matters. Tanner has particular experience in the intersecting areas of religious freedom and LGBTQ discrimination found in and out of the workplace. He has served as the Symposium Editor of the BYU Law Review, Research Fellow and Student Management Board Member of the International Center for Law and Religion Studies, organizer of the Idaho Interfaith & LGBT Summit on Religious Liberty and Nondiscrimination, Chair of the JRCLS Religious Liberty Fellowship Subcommittee, and currently serves as Chair of Fabian VanCott’s Employment & Labor Practice Group and as Vice Chair for the Labor & Employment Section of the Utah Bar. Tanner frequently writes and presents on topics such as employment law, religious freedom, and LGBTQ nondiscrimination. Apart from his law practice, Tanner balances his affinity for the outdoors with his love of ice cream.

Blaine Evanson, Vice Chair of Special Initiatives and Education

Blaine H. Evanson is a partner at GIbson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, practicing in the firm’s Appellate and Constitutional Law practice group. He represents clients in appellate courts around the country in cases involving intellectual property, class actions, entertainment, and many other areas of the law. He also maintains an active pro bono practice focused on religious liberty. He graduated from Brigham Young University and Columbia Law School, where he was a Senior Editor on the Columbia Law Review. Before joining Gibson Dunn, he clerked for Judge A. Raymond Randolph of the United States Court of Appeal for the D.C. Circuit. Blaine lives in Laguna Niguel, California with his wife Robin and four children.

Training Resources

Past Events

Conference Ticket Event

2024 JRCLS Annual Conference

Speaker Ticket Event

2024 JRCLS Annual Fireside


Robert Snyder

Committee Chair

Matthew Latimer

North America Training of Local Chapters
ACT Capital Advisors / University of Washington School of Law

Tanner Bean

Religious Liberty Fellowship Subcommittee Chair
Fabian VanCott

Joseph Brubaker

Website and Social Media Subcommittee Co-Chair
Kirton McConkie

John Taylor

Content Subcommittee Member
Horvitz & Levy LLP

Stephen Davis

Content Subcommittee Member
True North Law, LLC

Ronald Ahrens

North American Events & Outreach Committee Member

John Phillips

North American Events & Outreach Committee Member

Jeffrey Shields

North American Events & Outreach Committee Member

Nancy Van Slooten

Judges and Government Officials Subcommittee

Rana Lehnardt

North American Events & Outreach Committee Member

Brent Belnap

International Events & Outreach Subcommittee Chair
Office of General Counsel

Morris Linton

International Events & Outreach Subcommittee

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