2019 Christian Legal Aid Summit

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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!


Keynote Speaker: Chuck Hogren

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).


Wed. Oct. 30th

7:00pm   Optional Dinner (offsite)

Thur. Oct. 31st

8:00am   Registration & Coffee

8:30am   Welcome & Introduction

9:00am   Keynote Speaker

10:15am Workshop #1

12:00pm Lunch

1:30pm   Workshop #2

3:00pm   Workshop #3

4:30pm   Closing Session

5:00pm   Optional Dinner (offsite)

7:00pm   CLS National Conference Opening Session

Workshop Topics

  • Purpose-Driven Community Lawyering: Legal Remedies to Mitigate the Collateral Consequences of Criminal Records
  • Litigation Issues for Faith-Based Legal Aid Clinics
  • Elder Law Basics for Legal Aid Clients
  • Logistics of Christian Legal Aid Management
  • Launching a Volunteer-Based Christian Legal Aid Ministry


The cost of this full day of CLEs and practical workshops, networking, fellowship, and lunch is only $105 (before Sept. 30th), $115 (after Sept. 30th). 


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

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

Questions? Email CLA@clsnet.org