2019 Christian Legal Aid Summit

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Join us at the Westin Michigan Avenue in Chicago on October 31st!

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 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, 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!


Registration Note:

To register for only the Legal Aid Summit (without the main CLS conference), you must choose the "Pre-conference / Featured Events Only" option on the main registration page. The cost of the Summit alone is only $115.

To register for both the Legal Aid Summit and the main CLS conference, choose "Attorney," "Non-Attorney," or "Law Student".


Keynote Speaker: Chuck Hogren

"The Reluctant Defender"

Chuck founded Cabrini Green Legal Aid (CGLA), the first Christian Legal Aid clinic in the United States, in 1973.  He was first inspired to do legal aid while volunteering in a church youth group in the heart of a Chicago housing project and seeing the desperate need of the families in poverty. An initial agreement with his pastor to serve for one year turned into a 24-year career of serving thousands of people no one else was willing to serve. His compassionate service was documented in The Reluctant Defender: A Big-City Attorney Defends Desperate People (Tyndale 1978). Come hear Chuck share about God's calling to start CGLA and serve clients in desperate situations.


Wed. Oct. 30th

7:00-9:00pm   Optional Dinner (offsite)

Thur. Oct. 31st

8:00-8:30am   Registration & Coffee

8:30-9:00am   Welcome & Introduction

9:00-9:45am   Keynote Speaker:
                Chuck Hogren, Founder Cabrini Green Legal Aid

10:00-10:45am  Small Group Discussion & Prayer

11:00-12:00pm  Workshop Session #1

  • Litigation Issues for Faith-Based Legal Aid Clinics (CLE)
  • Launching a Volunteer-Based Christian Legal Aid Ministry

12:15-1:30pm  Lunch

  • Speaker: Dean Keith Faulkner, Liberty Law School

2:00-3:00pm   Workshop Session #2

  • Elder Law Basics for Legal Aid Clients (CLE)
  • Logistics of Christian Legal Aid Management

3:15-4:15pm   Workshop Session #3

  • Purpose-Driven Community Lawyering: Legal Remedies to Mitigate the Collateral Consequences of Criminal Records (CLE)

4:15-4:45pm   Summit Closing Session

5:00-6:30pm   Optional Dinner (offsite)

7:00pm   CLS National Conference Opening Session


The cost of this full day of CLEs and practical workshops, networking, fellowship, and lunch is only $115. 


Scholarships are available for travel and lodging to CLA staff, volunteers, and people working on starting a CLA clinic who have financial need. Click here for the scholarship application form.

*The deadline for scholarship applications is September 30, 2019. Awards will be made on a rolling basis, so apply today!

Questions? Email CLA@clsnet.org