2021 CLS National Conference - Christian Legal Aid Summit



The early bird registration deadline is August 31, 2021. 

Christian Legal Aid Summit

Hyatt Regency San Antonio Riverwalk - San Antonio, TX

Thursday, October 28, 2021
8:00am - 5:00pm CT

CLS’ Christian Legal Aid (CLA) program engages and equips lawyers in providing justice for the poor with the love of Christ. The Christian Legal Aid Summit provides CLA staff and volunteers from around the country the opportunity to learn, support, and bless each other as they grow in their ability to serve those in need. Everyone is welcome, including CLA leaders, staff attorneys, volunteer attorneys, board members, non-attorneys who work with legal aid clinics, and anyone interested in exploring Christian Legal Aid.

Cost: $95

Keynote Talk:
"Trauma to Treasure: Using our Time and Legal Talent to Heal Trauma"

What if we can use our legal skills to help heal the trauma of our clients? What if sharing the heart of Jesus includes seeing past their immediate problem to see what really needs to be healed? Deborah Hubbs, founder of Community Christian Legal Aid in Houston, will share her own story of childhood trauma, breaking the cycle of poverty, neglect, and abuse, and how she has used those experiences to assist her in serving her legal aid clients.

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Deborah Hubbs entered solo practice in 2020 after serving corporate clients for over a decade, including serving as the general counsel for the largest privately-held oil producer and other publicly traded energy companies. Realizing God cared more about justice than any affluence He might bestow, in 2018 Deborah founded Community Christian Legal Aid (CCLA), whose mission is to free our neighbors from legal burdens in Jesus’ name. CCLA serves the Greater Houston area. Deborah received her J.D. from the University of Oklahoma College of Law and her bachelor’s degree from Southern Nazarene University. Deborah has been married 30 years to her husband, Tracy. Together they have two sons, a daughter-in-law, and a new grandson named Theodore. Deborah considers her family to be her greatest earthly blessing.

Other Summit Workshop topics

"Developing the Empathy of Christ in Serving Others"
   - Ken Sande, Relational Wisdom 360

"Family Law Basics for CLA Attorneys" (CLE pending)
   - Lori Young, Trinity Legal Services

"Integrating Faith in Legal Aid Advice: Model Rule 2.1" (CLE pending)
   - Jim Helfrich, Denver CLS Legal Clinics

"Fundraising Fundamentals that Inspire Generosity"
   - Karen Marchant, Capacity Strategies, LLC

"The 4 "R's" of Volunteer Management for Legal Aid Clinics"
   - Sandy Stefanski, Open Hands Legal Services; Jamiee Hatcher, Christian Legal Clinics of Philadelphia

Schedule for Christian Legal Aid Summit


Subject to Change

8:00-8:30am                    Sign-in & Coffee

8:30-9:00am                    Welcome & Introduction

9:00-10:00am                  Keynote Address by Deborah Hubbs

                                         "Trauma to Treasure: Using our Time and Legal Talent to Heal Trauma"

10:10-11:00am                Small Group Discussion & Prayer

11:15am-12:15pm          Workshop Session #1

                                         "Developing the Empathy of Christ in Serving Others" - Ken Sande

                                         "Fundraising Fundamentals that Inspire Generosity" - Karen Marchant

12:30-1:30pm                  Lunch

2:00-3:00pm                    Workshop Session #2

                                         "Family Law Basics for CLA Attorneys" (CLE) - Lori Young

                                         "The 4 R's of Volunteer Management" - Sandy Stefanski & Jamiee Hatcher

3:15-4:15pm                    Workshop Session #3

                                         "Intergrating Faith in Legal Aid Advice" (CLE) - Jim Helfrich

4:15-4:30pm                   Closing Remarks

5:00-6:30pm                   Dinner (optional, off-site)

If you are interested in attending the CLA Summit and require grant funds for travel and lodging, please email cla@clsnet.org regarding availability.