2016 CLS National Conference

When
October 20 - 23, 2016
Where

2016 CLS National Conference

The Call of Christians in the Law

October 20, 2016 – October 23, 2016

Arlington, Virginia

The 2016 National Conference shed light on the difficulties many faithful Christians, both in the legal profession and otherwise, are faced with amidst an ever-growing secularized legal culture. Speakers and workshop panelists addressed and prompted conversations on many topics such as the Biblical foundations of law, religious freedom fights in the states, and the role of current Christian attorneys and judges in espousing the message of the Gospels. The 2016 National Conference sought to educate, empower, and unite Christians in the legal profession and their families all across the country in Christ’s message of love.

About Event

Pre-Conference Events

Anglican Lawyers Network

Church and Ministry In-House Counsel Forum


Keynote Speakers

Thursday: Dr. Albert Mohler, President, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Friday: The Honorable Janice R. Brown, U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit

Saturday: Peter K. Greer, President and CEO, HOPE International

Sunday: Efrem Smith, President and CEO, World Impact


Workshops

1. Movie and Ethics Panel Discussion: An Ethical Critique of Mick Haller, the Lincoln Lawyer - Delia Bouwers Bianchin

2. Religious Liberty Update - Kim Colby, Director, Center for Law & Religious Freedom

3. He is Risen Indeed: A Lawyer's Perspective on Apologetics for the Death and Resurrection of Jesus - Lynn Maynard and Bob Trierweiler

4. The Ethics and Regulation of Fetal Tissue Research - Paige Cunningham, The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity

5. The Christian Mind: In Thinking ... Be Mature - Jeff Ventrella, Alliance Defending Freedom

6. Religious Exemptions in Regulatory Legislation: Are They Invalidated When They Cause Harm to Third-Parties? - Carl Esbeck, University of Missouri School of Law

7. How Can I Practically Fight Human Trafficking in My Town When I'm not a Human Rights Lawyer? - Kathleen A. McKee, Regent University School of Law

8. Legal Hotspots, Risk Management, & Emerging Issues for Churches & Nonprofits - H. Robert Showers, Daniel Hebda, and Justin R. Coleman, Simms Showers LLP

9. The Path of a Peacemaker - Dale Pyne, Peacemaker Ministries

10. Basic Estate Planning for the General Practitioner - Richard Bowser, Campbell Law School and LegacyWise

11. The War on Women: How Do I Balance My Life? - Delia Bouwers Bianchin; Lynne Marie Kohm, Regent University School of Law; Jamie Grosshans; and Audrey Channel

12. The Legal and Ethical Implications of the ABA's Recent Amendments to Rule 8.4 of the Model Rules of Professional Responsibility - L.O. Natt Gantt and Bradley P. Jacob, Regent University School of Law; Michael Schutt, Christian Legal Society; and Kim Colby, Director, Center for Law & Religious Freedom

13. Life in America 2016: An Update on Abortion Law and Legislative Trends - Casey Mattox, Alliance Defending Freedom

14. #FreeSpeechMatters - Noel Sterett, Mauck & Baker, LLC

15. The Law and the Bible: Jesus and the Civil Law – Robert Cochran and David Smolin

16. Criminal Law: The Roles and Duties of Prosecutor, Defense Attorney, and Judge - Anthony Bushnell, Paul Baertschi, and Jamie Grosshans

17. Religious Freedom in the States - Kim Colby, Director, Center for Law & Religious Freedom, and Tim Schultz, 1st Amendment Partnership

19. Red Flags for Lawyers: Judging the Credibility of Clients and Witnesses, While Enhancing Your Own - Wendy Patrick, National Law Center for Children and Families

20. Protecting Church and Nonprofit Assets in a Litigious World - Bob Brown, Gallagher & Kennedy Law Firm

21. The Old Testament and Civil Law: Creation, Fall, Israel, and Wisdom - William Brewbaker, University of Alabama School of Law, and Randy Beck, University of Georgia School of Law

22. Advanced Charitable Giving Techniques Awareness - Richard Bowser, Campbell Law School and LegacyWise

23. Violence, Security, and Church Liability - Forrest Norman, Dickie, McCamey & Chilcote

24. Arbitration & Mediation: Tips from the Trenches - Duane Horning, California Business Law Group, PC

25. The Biblical Call to Justice: The Why & How of Christian Legal Aid - Ken Liu, Christian Legal Society, and Chris Purnell, Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic

26. Life Together in the Law: The Reality of a Christian Law Firm - George R. “Chip” Grange II and Scott J. Ward, Gammon & Grange, P.C.; Chris Charles, Provident Law; and Richard Baker, Mauck & Baker, LLC

27. Law, Loving Our Neighbor, and Public Justice in the 21st Century - Chelsea Langston and Stanley Carlson-Thies, Institutional Religious Freedom Alliance

28. Refugees: Should We Treat Them as a Threat or a Blessing? - Ann Buwalda, Just Law International, P.C.

29. How to Give A Client the Proper and Practical Understanding of the Fifth Amendment - James Duane, Regent University School of Law

30. Career Options Panel: What Practitioners Have to Say About Following Christ in Various Practice Areas - Brent Amato, Sylvia Chen, and Brad Jacob

31. Is there a Paradox between Ethics and Happiness? Moral Formation for Lawyers - L.O. Natt Gantt, II, and Benjamin V. Madison, Regent University School of Law


Christian Legal Aid Summit

The Christian Legal Aid Summit provided Christian Legal Aid staff and volunteers from around the country the opportunity to learn, support, and be a blessing to each other all while growing in their ability to serve those in need. Chris Purnell, Executive Director, Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic, gave the opening talk on the Biblical foundations of justice for the poor. The Summit also included the following sessions:

Taking Your CLA Clinic to the Next Level - Pete Hileman, Executive Director, Christian Legal Clinics of Philadelphia, and Chris Purnell, Executive Director, Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic

Refugees & Immigrants: A Threat or a Blessing? Serving Refugees & Undocumented Immigrants - Ann Buwalda, Executive Director, Jubilee Campaign USA

The Power of Story to Attract Donors and Build Capacity - Karen Marchant, Director of Strategic Development, Mile High Ministries

CLA Litigation Issues for Non-Litigators - Al Johnson, Executive Director, New Covenant Legal Services, and Pete Hileman, Executive Director, Christian Legal Clinics of Philadelphia

The Ministry of Domestic Violence in Christian Legal Aid: The Other Pro-Life Movement - Lauren Darbouze, Executive Director, Christian Legal Aid of Pittsburgh

Christian Legal Scholar’s Symposium - The Law and the Bible: Justice, Mercy and Legal Institutions


Speakers

Robert F. Cochran, Pepperdine University School of Law

Tremper Longman III, Westmont College

Stanley Carlson-Thies, Institutional Religious Freedom Alliance

Stephanie Summers, Center for Public Justice


Sponsors

Pepperdine University School of Law

Center for Public Justice


National Law Student Convention

The National Law Student Convention allowed law students from around the country to meet and fellowship with others seeking to discern their callings and become faithful Christ followers in the legal profession.

Events

Law Student Late Nights

Christian Legal Scholars’ Symposium and Luncheon

Law Student Praise and Worship

Responding of the Call of Global Justice Law Student Reception

Law Student Mentoring Lunch

Sponsors

Regent University School of Law

CRU

Pepperdine University School of Law

Herbert and Elinor Nootbaar Institute for Law, Religion, and Ethics


Special Events

Local Tours with Christian Guide David Elliot

Welcome Dessert Reception

Sponsored by Regent University School of Law

Book Signing with Dr. Albert Mohler

Spouse Gathering

Responding to the Call of Global Justice Law Student Reception

Sponsored by Pepperdine University School of Law

Friday Evening Reception

Sponsored by Trinity Law School

The Law and the Bible Authors Book Signing

Special Screening of Remand­ by Revolution Films

Book Signing with Jim Gash and Peter Greer