Robot attorneys engaged in unauthorized practice of law?
Artificial intelligence and computer algorithms have already transformed society in areas such as social media, big data, and cybersecurity. Could they also help enable greater access to justice?
Try It, You’ll Like It
If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself. (John 7:17)
Tugging at the Heart Strings of Legal Aid
One of the most unfortunate things I’ve seen in the Christian Legal Aid world is how challenging it is for CLA programs to raise support. Why is this? Although I don’t have hard data
Who’s Giving What to Whom?
To understand this passage of Scripture requires a bit of law-school-like legal analysis. And in fact, on casual reading most people miss it—and miss a powerful, almost shocking, truth
“Low bono” services and the income trap
Maria is a single mother with two kids whose husband suddenly left her and fought for custody of the kids. He makes over $100,000 a year and could afford to hire an experienced family law attorney.
At the core of the conception of a “Christian lawyer,” or these devotionals . . . is the conviction that the integration of personal faith with all of life, including the law, is mandated by
Legal Aid for Life
As pro-life Democratic Congressional candidate Chris Butler recently said, “When I looked at the over-representation of poor people and people of color in abortion rates, it more closely mirrored
Remodeling or Reconstruction
There is a house right on main street in a small town near my home that has been the subject of conversation all over town for many months. It was a fine home, owned by one of the most
Conduct Unbecoming an Officer and a Gentleman
“That doesn’t become you” is an English expression often used about our looks—that some color or style of dress doesn’t favor us, it doesn’t show us at our best: it doesn’t “become” us.
Can “virtual justice” be real justice?
Richard Susskind, Oxford law professor and legal futurist, has for years been advocating for transformation of the legal sector through technology and innovation. Presciently, he published his book
Early February is usually a particularly “dry” time. Winter has been in full force for two months now. By this time, cabin fever is running strong, and the prevailing feeling is to just “hunker down”
Best Supporting Cast
Jesus, therefore, again groaning in himself came to the grave. And Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” . . . And when he had thus spoken he cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come forth.”
Thoughts on CLS’ Southwest Regional Retreat
Thoughts on CLS' Southwest Regional RetreatGuest Author - Yevgeniy P. Pislar“I wish it need not have happened in my time. So do I, and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them...
Guest Author - Lynn BuzzardFor the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accusesthem before our God day and night. And they overcamehim by the blood of the Lamb (Revelation 12:10b, 11). Of the...
He’s not a judge, but he plays one on TV
He's not a Judge, but he plays one on TVKen LiuErin hired her brother Drake, a contractor, to renovate her kitchen. She pre-paid him $5,000, but a year later he still had not started the job and...
Mercy Over Justice – Helping People at Rock Bottom
Ken LiuWe often talk about "access to justice," which implies that legal aid clients are victims of injustice. Legal aid clients are victims of many kinds of injustices – domestic violence,...
“One Thing” (Five Times)
"One Thing" (Five Times)Brent AmatoDo priorities have a priority in your life? Always a good and fair question, but especially at the start of a new year. Maybe this is because it is so hard a topic...
Cases Not Yet Closed
Guest Author - Alan ButtonAs the deer pants for the water brooks,So my soul pants for Thee, O God.My soul thirsts for God, for the living God;When shall I come and appear before God? …O my God, my...
Christ’s Body on Earth
Christ's Body on EarthKen LiuOn Christmas Day, we celebrate the glorious miracle of the Incarnation – the Lord of the universe who deigned to be born in the body of a baby boy, to be "tabernacled"...
The Strength of Weak Ties
Anton SorkinHaving come to the end of my first semester at the helm of Law Student Ministries and after extensive time on the road visiting campuses in California, Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, and...
Multiple Choice Quiz: God is Most Like…
Guest Author - Lynn Buzzard God is most like:A. A PolicemanB. A JudgeC. A LegislatorD. None of the above I can’t do that. My heart will not let me utterly destroy them. Because I am God and not...
Brent AmatoChristian Legal Society, as part of its ministry to lawyers and law students, provides not only its annual national conference, but also regional retreats. In the coming months, these are...
Time Poverty: A Real Burden
Ken LiuMotivational speakers are fond of saying we all have the same 24 hours in a day, so "I don't have time" is not a good excuse. Sure, that’s a great inspirational message for those who have the...
Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission v. Woods: Christian Legal Aid and Religious Freedom
Ken LiuChristian Legal Society (CLS) recently filed an amicus brief in support of a petition for the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the case of Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission v. Woods. Seattle’s Union...
The Difficult Road Ahead
Lakuita Bittle “You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way. But the gateway to life is very narrow...
The Namárië Forum: An Introduction
The Namárië Forum: An IntroductionAnton SorkinEvery school year, students will gather on their respective college campuses and be inundated by the practical applications of a life east of Eden. A...
Giving Smith Shelter: Fulton v. Philadelphia is a Clear, but Incomplete, Win for Religious Freedom
Reed SmithThe Supreme Court’s unanimous decision in favor of Catholic Social Services (CSS) in Fulton v. City of Philadelphia may remind many religious freedom advocates of The Rolling Stones: "you...
They Just Don’t Get It
They Just Don't Get ItGuest Author - Lynn Buzzard"Son of man, thou dwellest in the midst of a rebellious house, which have eyes to see, and see not; they have ears to hear, and hear not: for they...
Considering the ABA’s Proposal for Mandating Bias Training
Anton SorkinThe American Bar Association (ABA) has issued a Memorandum for proposed changes to several Standards, among them being a proposal to amend Standard 303 to include the requirement that...
Do Not Deny Justice
Ken LiuGod commanded His people: "Do not deny justice to your poor people in their lawsuits" (Exodus 23:6). But what if the poor can’t even get their day in court? For most of the poor in the U.S....
What is Equality?
David Nammo If you have kept up with recent news you may be aware that the current powers that be in Washington, D.C. have their sights set on the Equality Act. CLS’ Kim Colby has a lot to say...
Blessed Good Friday, Ye Poor in Spirit
Guest Author - Rick Campanelli "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." Matt 5:3 by Rick Campanelli It is Good Friday. Good Friday helps us contemplate what it means to...
We All Need Somebody to Lean On
Ken Liu You just call on me brother When you need a hand We all need somebody to lean on - "Lean On Me," Bill Whithers Recently I spoke with a woman Ginny (not her real...
Some Inspiration, Courtesy of Law Students and Bob Goff
Guest Author - Karisa YouOn March 3, 2021, law school fellowships across the nation gathered virtually to welcome author Bob Goff for encouragement and inspiration. Here is the testimony about the...
Ken LiuSupreme Court Justice Hugo Black stated in 1956, "There can be no equal justice where the kind of trial a man gets depends on the amount of money he has." (Griffin v. Illinois.) More than a...
Christian Legal Aid featured in Christianity Today
Ken LiuChristian Legal Aid was recently featured in an article by Christianity Today. Click here to read it. “God really calls us attorneys specifically to serve the poor. . . So many of the...
We Took a Stand and Four Teens were Saved!
Reed SmithMany times, in our fight to defend Christians being persecuted for their exercise of religion, what is needed is someone willing to take a stand, seek counsel, and authorize a firm...
January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month
Ken Liu Of all the evils that break God’s heart, human trafficking, especially of children, has got to be on the top of the list. Although institutional slavery was abolished in the U.S. by the...
Between Christmas and Easter
Mike Schutt Tuesday was the 850th “anniversary” of the murder of Thomas Becket on the steps of Canterbury Cathedral by King Henry’s knights. The commemoration on December 29 is often seen as a...
Merry Christmas from Christian Legal Aid
Ken Liu Joshua was a child born out of wedlock to a teenage mom in a middle eastern country. Under persecution from an autocratic government, his family fled as refugees to a neighboring country....
Textualism Had a Great Fall
Reed SmithThe Supreme Court decision in Bostock v. Clayton County, which amends Title VII to include sexual orientation and gender identity, has long-reaching applications. The Court cannot say, on...
Asylum in the United States
Ken Liu Christian Legal Society presented a free webinar, Asylum in the United States: An Overview of the Law and Recent Changes & Special Considerations for Christian Legal Aid Clinics, for...
A Modest Proposal in the Pursuit of I Corinthians 10:31
Brent Amato It was probably written around A.D. 55 or 56-a long, long time ago! It is part of the Bible, which means it is inspired by God (II Timothy 3:16), eternal (Isaiah 40:8, Matthew 5:18),...
Bad Things Happen in Philadelphia
Reed Smith Long before the first presidential debate, bad things happened in Philadelphia. Bad things were already happening in Philadelphia in 2018, when the City of Philadelphia ended its...
Symposium: Free exercise, RFRA and the need for a constitutional safety net
Kim ColbyNote: This article was originally published as part of a SCOTUSblog symposium on the Roberts court and the religion clauses. It is re-posted here by kind permission. Americans’ religious...
Security For Such A Time As This – Part III
Brent AmatoAs I shared in my previous two posts, God is not taken by surprise by COVID-19, and around 1000 B.C., He inspired a psalmist to write and sing Psalm 91. This Psalm is most certainly for...
Protecting Our Senior Citizens: Elder Law Basics for Legal Aid Attorneys
Ken Liu Sadly, the elderly are being hit from multiple fronts during this coronavirus pandemic. Not only are they the most susceptible to contracting the virus, the social isolation leads to greater...
Security For Such A Time As This – Part II
Brent AmatoAs we shared in the last devotional, God is not taken by surprise by COVID-19. In fact around 1000 B.C., He inspired a Psalmist to write and sing Psalm 91. This Psalm is most certainly...
Protecting Indigent Tenants In A Time Of COVID
As COVID-19 hit this spring and workers were let go by the millions across the country, the federal government and many state governments ordered moratoriums on evictions. All of these moratoriums have either recently expired or about to expire, at the same time that extra federal unemployment benefits are also ending. Even before the pandemic, 25% of all renters in the U.S. were already overburdened, paying more than half their income in rent.
Security For Such A Time As This – Part I
“Pestilence”: Any extremely poisonous, injurious or fatal contagious or infectious disease, especially one of epidemic proportions, as a plague” Sound familiar?
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