Legal Aid


Check here for upcoming legal aid events both nationally and locally. If you are a Christian Legal Aid center and would like us to add any of you upcoming events here please contact us.

Starting a "Low Bono" Law Practice Webinar 

Wed., October 28, 2015

12:30pm - 1:30pm ET

Most lawyers are aware of the importance of pro bono legal services for meeting the needs of those in poverty.  But what about the needs of the millions of Americans who have some income, but for whom market-rate legal fees are still an obstacle? A growing segment of solo attorneys and small firms have started practices intentionally targeting low- to moderate-income clients.

Join CLS for a conversation with two attorneys who have charted their own paths with careers serving low to moderate-income clients, including small nonprofits and small businesses.  Hear how they started their solo practices and how they balance work, family, income, and the desire to help those in need.

Sign up here for this free webinar.

Upcoming Christian legal aid clinic benefit events:

  • Christian Legal Aid of D.C. Inaugural Fall Banquet
    November 2, 2015, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. 
    Keynote speaker: Pastor Thabiti Anyabwile  (who was also a keynote speaker at the CLS Conference)
    Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital
    Washington, DC 20003

  • Christian Legal Clinics of Philadelphia CLCP Brunch
    November 7, 2015 10:00 – 11:30am
    Crowne Plaza Philadelphia West, Philadelphia, PA

  • Scranton Road Ministries Legal Clinic Annual Benefit Event
    November 12, 2015, 6:00 pm
    Tudor Arms, Cleveland, OH

  • Good Samaritan Advocates Prayer Breakfast Benefit
    November 14, 2015, 9:00 - 11:00am
    Falls Church Presbyterian Church, Falls Church, VA
    Keynote speaker: former Congressman Frank Wolf, human rights advocate

Truth Be Told: Interviewing Strategies

for Immigrant Survivors of Violence

Good Samaritan Advocates and Tahirih Justice Center are pleased to present a seminar on "Truth Be Told: Interviewing Strategies for Immigrant Survivors of Violence."  Approved for 2 Virginia CLE credits.
Saturday, November 7, 2015 from 9-11AM
Gammon & Grange, PC
8280 Greensboro Dr., 7th F
McLean, VA 22102

Click here to RSVP





The Christian Legal Aid Summit provides Christian legal aid staff and volunteers from around the country the opportunity to learn, support, and be a blessing to each other as we grow in our ability to serve those in need. The Summit is a part of the Christian Legal Society's Annual Conference in New Orleans, LA, October 1-4, 2015. Join us for a great time of fellowship and networking!



Pro-Bono Legal Aid Training

Christian Legal Society - Baltimore Chapter
Saturday, July 25th  8:30am-12:00pm 
By Ken Liu, CLS Director of Legal Aid Ministries

This is an excellent opportunity to learn more about ways to equip yourself to (1) be more effective in your pro-bono ministry, or even (2) explore the possibility of creating your own pro-bono legal aid clinic the future.  It should also provide a unique opportunity to network with other Christian lawyers while learning about ways to serve your local community with the unique skills and abilities that God has entrusted us with as attorneys.  More important even than discovering ways in which you can achieve your annual aspirational pro-bono quota, we will discuss how to make our pro-bono work, also be pro-Deo work.

 WHERE:            Church of the Atonement
                            10613 Georgia Ave
                            Silver Spring, MD 20902

RSVP:      Peter Cairns
       , or 910-391-5548


Christian Legal Aid DC and Justice Fellowship  
with Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Tim Scott (R-SC)
Tuesday, July 28, 2015 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (EDT)

How should our faith inform how we should respond to crime and to people returning from prison?  How can Christian leaders and voters best approach criminal justice reform? Come take part in a lively discussion of biblical principles and the American justice system with Justice Fellowship and Christian Legal Aid of DC! Join local political and faith leaders as we hear testimonies, take part in a Q&A, and network with others passionate about this topic. Complimentary beverages and light refreshments will be served. There is no cost to attend, but registration is required.

WHERE:   Lutheran Church of the Reformation
                 212 E. Capital St., NE
                 Washington, D.C. 


Starting a Christian Legal Aid Clinic” 

 Wed., June 24, 2015,
12:30 - 2:00pm ET

"Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute.  Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy." (Proverbs 31: 8-9)

Is God calling you to serve the poor with your legal skills? What's involved in starting a Christian legal aid clinic? Join Christian Legal Society for a discussion of these and other topics related to starting a Christian legal aid program.

     •    Why should I start a Christian legal aid program?
     •    How much work is involved?
     •    What if I don't have any experience in poverty law issues?
     •    How do I find people to help?
     •    What resources do I need to start a clinic?

RSVP here to join this free webinar. 

 If you know of anyone who may be interested, please help spread the word!


Justice for all in our community: poverty law symposium


May 29, 2015
Mission First Legal Aid Office & Mississippi College School of Law
Jackson, MS
Open to the public. CLE credit approved.

Click here for details.



Immigration (BIA) accreditation training

May 31-June 5, 2015 | Marion, Indiana

This course provides a foundation for understanding the immigration system in the United States in preparation for taking the exam for Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) accreditation, the government certification that allows non-attorneys to practice immigration law. Biblical and theological bases for Christian engagement with issues of immigration are covered, giving church and faith-based workers tools to integrate immigration legal ministry into a holistic outreach program. The course will include a visit to a currently operating Immigration Connection site at The Bridge Community Church.

This course is taught in partnership with World Relief and Immigrant Connection.

Cost: $1350 ($495 non-refundable)

For more information email and see:


Coaching Legal Aid Clients

to Represent Themselves 


Wed., April 22, 2015

9:30am PT / 12:30pm ET

The Christian Legal Society is pleased to present a free 1-hour webinar on "Coaching Clients to Represent Themselves (When Necessary)." The demand for pro bono legal help is far greater than the supply of legal aid attorneys.  Christian legal aid attorneys can provide much help without offering full representation, by providing clients with legal resources, coaching, and limited assistance. Join us for a discussion on how to provide meaningful assistance for clients to help themselves in addressing legal problems. Topics will include:

  • I wish I could do more – reasons to offer less than full representation
  • No size fits all – varieties of pro se assistance
  • I know a guy – how to make effective referrals
  • When no help is better than some help – limitations and common pitfalls of pro se assistance

All staff and volunteers of Christian legal aid clinics welcome!

Sign-up here for this free webinar.  

Since 2007 David has been the Managing attorney at Open Door Legal Services, a ministry of Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission that serves the legal needs of homeless individuals in the Seattle/King County area. Previously, David was a prosecutor in the Family Support unit of the Snohomish County Prosecutor’s office for seven years. He began his career as a criminal prosecutor in King County in 1999. David is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center.

Presented by David Mace of Open Door Legal Services.
(A CLE certification of attendance can be provided for participants to apply for CLE credit in their own state.)

Open Hands Legal Services 6th Annual Spring Benefit

Thursday, March 5, 2015, 7pm - 9pm

Centre for Social Innovation
601 West 26th St., Suite 325
New York NY 10001

Join Open Hands Legal Services for the 6th Annual Spring Benefit on Thursday, March 5, 2015. The Benefit will be held at The Centre for Social Innovation in New York City and will feature delicious food and drink, heart-warming testimonials and a VIP pre-event wine-tasting.  It will be a party you won't want to miss!  

When: Thursday, March 5 - General Admission (7-9pm), VIP Reception (6-7pm)
Where: Centre for Social Innovation, 601 West 26th Street, Suite 325, New York, NY 10001
Attire: Business Casual

Buy your tickets now!
Click here to purchase a general admission, general admission ticket packages, or a special VIP ticket. Feel free to forward this invitation to friends, colleagues and others interested in NYC legal services for those in need. 

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