Past CLS Event

2017 Legal Aid Summit


Thursday, October 26, 2017


CLS National Conference Marriott Newport Beach Hotel Newport Beach, CA Thursday, October 26, 2017 8:00 AM TO 5:30 PM


“Learn to do right! Seek justice, encourage the oppressed. Defend the cause of the fatherless, plead the case of the widow.” Isaiah 1:17

CLS’ Christian Legal Aid (CLA) program is a critical ministry that increases access to legal aid services for the poor, marginalized, and victims of injustice in America. The 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.

Everyone is welcome, including CLA leaders, staff attorneys, volunteer attorneys, clinic board members, non-attorneys who work with legal aid clinics, and anyone interested in exploring Christian legal aid. Join us for a great time of learning and fellowship!

“Such a joy to be able to meet and fellowship with fellow brothers and sisters in the Lord who have the same heart and passion to minister to the poor and oppressed and get practical advice and knowledge to build our own CLA.” – 2016 Legal Aid Participant.


Joy Statler, Assistant Professor at Trinity Law School. Professor Statler previously served as staff attorney of the Christian Legal Aid Office in Los Angeles. In 2010, she became supervising attorney of the Trinity Law Clinic at the Orange County Rescue Mission, one of the largest long-term homeless shelters in America. 


ABCs of Starting and Operating a CLA Clinic (Jerry Hansen, San Diego Christian Legal Aid; Jim Helfrich, Attorney Coordinator, Justice and Mercy Legal Aid Clinic)

Introduction to Christian Mediation: How Mediation Can Support Christian Legal Aid (Prof. Peter Robinson, Straus Institute at Pepperdine Law School)

Serving Clients Holistically in Christian Legal Aid (Esther Franco-Payne and Beth Johnson, Cabrini Green Legal Aid)

Introduction to Immigration Law for Christian Legal Aid Clinics (Alisa Baier, Open Doors Legal Services)

Christian Legal Aid Best Practices (Group Discussion)


The cost of this full day of CLEs and practical workshops, networking, fellowship, and lunch is only $95 as a standalone event, or only $50 with full conference registration. 

Scholarships may be available for travel and lodging for those with financial difficulty. Click here for the scholarship application.  Priority given to CLS members. (CLA attorneys can join under the Public Ministry rate or the “Name Your Own Rate” fee.)



Conference group rates are available at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel.





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