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2018 CLS National Conference


October 11-14, 2018


Hilton Clearwater Beach, FL



Register as early as possible to take advantage of the early bird discounts. Payment in full is required to process all registrations. The registration fee covers all main sessions, workshops, three buffet breakfasts, and the Saturday night banquet. We will confirm your completed registration by mail or email. The status of your membership on October 11, 2018 determines your registration fee. Those attending law school or undergraduate school full-time are considered “Students.” When both spouses are attorneys, law students, or non-lawyer members, the spouse with the higher registration fee must register and the other need pay only the spouse fee.


The hotel is located in Clearwater Beach, Florida, about 30 minutes (20 miles) from Tampa International Airport (TPA). A rental car discount has been provided to CLS by Avis. Use discount code T619199 at or by calling (800) 331-1600. Uber, taxis and other modes of transportation are also available at the airport.

SuperShuttle is offering CLS conference attendees a discounted rate on transportation to/from the airport. Use this link to reserve your reservation. Make sure you enter Group Code WJGWW to receive additional discounts including up to $5.00 off SuperShuttle service and $10.00 off ExecuCar service.

CLE Credits

CLS will be applying for state bar approved CLE credits. There is no additional charge for CLE credits for workshop sessions; however, you must fill out the proper CLE forms at the conference to receive credit. CLE credit is also available for the main session on Friday morning. CLE credits will be provided for workshops that qualify, which is dependent on the rules of each accrediting state.


Dress for the conference is business casual; Saturday evening banquet is business formal.

Special Needs

If you have dietary or other special needs, please let us know when you register so that we can make arrangements to accommodate your needs.


Any cancellation/request for a refund must be made in writing, and CLS will issue a cancellation number. If received on or before September 1st, a $75 administration fee will apply. If received by 4:00 pm EDT on October 1st, a $150 fee will apply. No refunds will be given after 4:00 pm EDT on October 1st, 2018. No-shows will not receive a refund.


The conference hotel is the Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa at 400 Mandalay Avenue, Clearwater Beach, Florida 33767. All reservations must be made by the attendee by calling 727-461-3222 or online through the special link on the CLS website. The special CLS conference rate is $169 per night plus taxes until the deadline of September 9, 2018.

Child Care

Age-appropriate, Christ-centered care is available for children ages 0-11 for most conference sessions and workshops. Childcare is free for all registrations received by September 15, 2018. Details and program offerings are subject to change. See the CLS website for current childcare information and updates.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

8:30 am-5:30 pm      Christian Legal Aid Summit

10:00 am-4:00 pm    Church and Ministry General Counsel Forum*

12:00 pm                  Registration Opens 

12:00-5:30 pm          Anglican Lawyers Network Lunch and Sessions*

4:00-5:30 pm            Workshops — Session I (Early Bird Session)

5:30-7:00 pm            Dinner with friends at hotel or local restaurants

6:30-8:00 pm            Anglican Lawyers Network Dinner

7:00-9:00 pm           Main Session I — Shirley Hoogstra

9:00-10:00 pm          Welcome Dessert Reception

10:00 pm                  Law Student Ministries After-Hours Fellowship

Friday, October 12, 2017

7:30-8:00 am            Morning Corporate Prayer

8:00-9:00 am            Buffet Breakfast

8:30-9:20 am            Small Group Discussion

9:20-9:50 am            CLS Annual Meeting

10:00 am-12:15 pm    Main Session II — Religious Freedom Plenary Workshop

12:30-1:30 pm          Christian Legal Scholars’ Symposium and Luncheon*

12:30-2:30 pm          Chapter Leaders Luncheon

2:00-3:30 pm            Workshops — Session II

4:00-5:30 pm            Workshops — Session III

6:00-9:00 pm            Dinner with friends at hotel or local restaurants

6:00-9:00 pm            Optional Dinner Cruise aboard Calypso Queen*

6:00-9:00 pm   Law Student Welcome Dinner and Panel Discussion, Sponsored by the Center for Pubic Justice  

10:30-11:00 pm        Law Student Praise and Worship

11:00 pm                   Law Student Ministries After-Hours Fellowship

Saturday, October 13, 2018

6:30-7:00 am           Morning Corporate Prayer

8:00 am-6:00 pm    Orthodox Christian Attorney Network*

8:00-9:30 am          Buffet Breakfast

8:30-9:30 am          Small Group Discussion

10:00-11:45 am      Law Student Gathering

10:15-11:45 am     Workshops — Session IV 

12:00-1:30 pm        Law Student Mentoring Lunch

1:45-3:15 pm         Workshops — Session V

3:45-5:15 pm         Workshops — Session VI

7:00-9:00 pm        Celebration Banquet — Mark Lanier

9:00-10:30 pm       Bookstore Coffee

Sunday, October 14, 2018

7:00-7:30 am         Mass

8:00-8:30 am         Morning Corporate Prayer

8:30-10:00 am       Buffet Breakfast

10:00-11:30 am     Main Session V — Worship Service with Dr. Steve Brown

12:00 pm               Guests Check Out of Hotel


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Shirley Hoogstra

Shirley Hoogstra became the 7th president of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities in September 2014. In this role, Hoogstra combines her zeal for the rule of law and her passion for Christian higher education as she promotes the value and purpose of high quality, Christ-centered liberal arts education that shapes the heart, soul, and mind.

Prior to the CCCU, Hoogstra served for 15 years as vice president for student life at Calvin College. She also spent more than a decade practicing law as a partner at a firm specializing in litigation in New Haven, Connecticut. She earned a bachelor’s in education at Calvin and a Juris Doctor, with honors, from the University of Connecticut School of Law.

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Mark Lanier

Mark Lanier is recognized as a top trial attorney in the United States. Mark’s courtroom work has resulted in feature articles in major newspapers, and  he is also a frequent guest on cable news shows. Mark is the founder of the Lanier Theological Library, one of the nation’s largest private theological collections. He teaches a weekly Sunday school class at Champion Forest Baptist Church in Houston, and is the founder of the Christian Trial Lawyers Association.

An accomplished author, Mark recently published the book Christianity on Trial and the award winning daily devotional book, Psalms for Living: Daily Prayers, Wisdom, and Guidance.

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Dr. Steve Brown

Dr. Brown was the senior pastor of Key Biscayne Presbyterian Church in South Florida for 17 years. He is a popular preacher, conference speaker, and author. He has published more than a dozen books about Christian life and ministry

Dr. Brown founded Key Life Network, a ministry that presents honest and thoughtful biblical teaching through radio broadcasts, podcasts, seminars, and publications. Dr. Brown hosts a daily national radio show called “Key Life,” a weekly talk show called “Steve Brown, Etc.,” and a one-minute feature called “You Think About That.” He also serves on the boards of the National Religious Broadcasters and Harvest USA.


Edwin Meese

Edwin Meese III, the prominent conservative leader, thinker and elder statesman, continues a quarter-century formal association with The Heritage Foundation as the leading think tank’s Ronald Reagan Distinguished Fellow Emeritus.

From January 1981 to February 1985, Meese held the position of counsellor to the president — the senior job on the White House staff — and functioned as Reagan’s chief policy adviser. In 1985, he received Government Executive magazine’s annual award for excellence in management.

Meese served as the 75th attorney general of the United States from February 1985 to August 1988. As the nation’s chief law enforcement officer, he directed the Justice Department and led international efforts to combat terrorism, drug trafficking and organized crime.

Meese headed the Heritage legal center’s Advisory Board for the writing and editing of the best-selling book, The Heritage Guide to the Constitution (Regnery, 2005). In it, 109 experts walked readers through a clause-by-clause analysis of the Constitution. Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) was among those keeping the reference work handy during Judiciary Committee hearings on Supreme Court nominees.

Meese’s other books include “Leadership, Ethics and Policing” (Prentice Hall, 2004); “Making America Safer” (Heritage, 1997); and “With Reagan: The Inside Story” (Regnery Gateway, 1992).He wrote the Introduction to a well-received 2010 book on the “overcriminalization” trend, “One Nation Under Arrest,” by Heritage veterans Paul Rosenzweig and Brian W. Walsh.

He also is a distinguished visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University in California and lectures, writes and consults throughout the United States on a variety of subjects.


Please Note: Workshops are subject to change. CLE credits will be provided for workshops that qualify, which is dependent on the rules of each accrediting state.


Religious Freedom Update
Kim Colby, Director, Center for Law & Religious Freedom

The Tyranny of Equality: State Legislative Targeting of Religious Freedom in a Post-Obergefell World
Alan Reinach, Church State Council
Dean Broyles, National Center for Law & Policy

The Current U.S. Legal Landscape: LGBT and Religious Liberty Issues
Carl Esbeck, University of Missouri Law School


Update on Rule 8.4(g)
Mike Schutt, Kim Colby, and Laura Nammo, Christian Legal Society

Uncivil and/or Unethical Conduct? How to Address the Increasing Unprofessional Conduct of Lawyers
John Berry

Ethics in the Social Media World
Justin M. Luna, Latham Shuker Eden & Beaudine LLP


Living an Unhurried Life: The Key to Finding Joy in the Midst of the Practice of Law
Bob Trierweiler and Terry Morgan, Cru

How Do You Measure Success? The Generous Life
Kim King


The Eye of the Hurricane: Emerging Threats to Rights of Conscience and the Right to Life
Steve Aden, Americans United for Life

Fatal Flaws: How to Oppose Physician-Assisted Suicide
Catherine Glenn Foster, Americans United for Life


P.E.A.C.E in Family Law: Finding Peace — Yours and Your Client’s — Amidst Conflict
J.J. Dahl


Human Rights and Human Nature
Jeff Brauch, Regent University School of Law

The Christian Mind and Higher Education
Drew Trotter


Legal Hotspots, Risk Management, and Emerging Issues for Churches and Nonprofits
Rob Showers and Justin Coleman, Simms Showers LLP

A Nonprofit Duet: Ethics for Attorneys Serving on Nonprofit Boards, and Protecting Section 501(c)(3) Status Post-Obergefell
Sally Wagenmaker and Ryan Oberly, Wagenmaker & Oberly LLC


Child Abuse Protection
Greg Love and Pam Love

Preventing, Evaluating, and Advising on Allegations of Sexual Harassment, Abuse of Power, or Child Abuse
Theresa Lynn Sidebotham, Telios Law PLLC


Advanced Estate Planning
Prof. Richard Bowser, Campbell Law School, LegacyWise Presenter

Basic Estate Taxation (including 2018 tax law changes)
Prof. Richard Bowser, Campbell Law School, LegacyWise Presenter 

Relational Wisdom for the Estate Planning Lawyer
Ken Sande, LegacyWise Presenter 

Estate Planning Relational Wisdom for Family Members
Ken Sande, LegacyWise Presenter 


Conciliate Don’t Litigate: Conflict Coaching Skills for Lawyers
Matthew Argue and Harold Coleman Jr., Institute for Christian Conciliation

Ethical Standards in Christian Arbitration
Matthew Argue and Harold Coleman Jr., Institute for Christian Conciliation


Legal Project Management
Mark Lassiter, The Lassiter Law Firm

Re-Imagining Your Legal Practice
Paul Michalski, Integrous LLC


Analysis of a Business Acquisition
Steve Chong, Mateer Harbert

Appealing to a Higher Power: Do’s and Don’ts, and Maybe’s
Michael Brownlee

Practical Trial Advocacy
Tony Caggiano, Florida Trial MD, PA

Immigration Law
Lina Hughes, Yen Hughes Law, PC

What’s the Point of the Criminal Justice System?
The Hon. Jamie Grosshans & Anthony Bushnell

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