Orthodox Christian Attorney Network


Welcome to the webpage of the Orthodox Christian Attorney Network! We are an informal group of Orthodox attorneys from various jurisdictions who desire to meet together and discover how we can serve our Lord through the legal profession. 

2019 Orthodox Christian Attorney Conference

Chicago, IL - November 1-2, 2019

 Answering the Call - Serving our Faith and Profession

in conjunction with the

Christian Legal Society (CLS) National Conference
at the Westin Michigan Avenue Hotel

Join us in downtown Chicago for a gathering of Eastern Orthodox Christian attorneys from across the country for a time of learning, fellowship, and networking.


​​​​Cost: The cost of the Orthodox Christian Attorney Network (OCAN) conference on Saturday, November 2nd is only $125.

Hotel: If you would like to stay at the Westin conference hotel, click here to register.

CLS Conference: We encourage OCAN attendees to consider attending the full Christian Legal Society Conference (Oct. 31 - Nov. 3) including the Church and Ministry General Counsel Forum, Law Student Convention, Christian Legal Aid Summit, and CLE workshops on religious freedom, legal ethics, nonprofit law, and many other valuable topics. To register for both the Orthodox event and the main Christian Legal Society conference together, please use the main CLS registration page.

We look forward to seeing you in Chicago!

Questions? Please contact one of our Conference Co-Chairs:
Joan Berg at Joan.Berg@sfnr.com or Monica Youssef at myoussef186@gmail.com

OCAN Event Schedule

Friday, Nov. 1, 2019

7:00 – 9:00        Dinner (offsite – TBD)

Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019

8:00 – 8:30        Registration & Coffee

8:30 – 9:00        Prayers and Introductory Remarks

9:00 – 10:00      Session #1:  Answering the Call of our Mental Health and Well-Being
                  ·        Dr. Ary Christofidis

10:15 – 10:45    Keynote Address: Answering the Call of our Profession -
                           The Intersection of our Legal Duty, Orthodox Convictions and Public Service

                  ·        Congressman Justin Amash (I-Michigan)

10:45 – 11:15    Questions and Answers with Keynote Speaker

11:45 – 1:30      Lunch (onsite)

1:30 – 2:45        Session #2: Practical Implications of Answering the Call
                 ·         Judge Nick Ayoub, 61st District of State of Michigan
                 ·         Joan Berg, Real Estate Partner at Schoenberg Finkel Newman & Rosenberg, LLC
                 ·         Violetta Kapsalis Buhler, Attorney at Law
                 ·         Zoe Laird, Deputy District Attorney at Arapahoe County DAs office
                 ·         Moderator: Georgina Suzuki, Attorney at Ropes & Gray LLP

3:00 – 5:00        Session #3: Answering the Call of Service to our Orthodox Churches,
                           Non-Profit Organizations and Community

                 ·         Louis Milicich, Counsel at Dentons
                 ·         Eric Namee, Member at Hinkle Law Firm, LLC
                 ·         Donna Haddad, Senior Counsel at IBM Data & Watson AI
                 ·         Bill Marianes, Retired Partner at McGuire Woods
                 ·         Moderator: Matthew Namee, General Counsel & COO at Orthodox Ministry Services

5:00 – 5:30        Closing Remarks

7:00 – 9:00        Dinner (offsite – TBD)

OCAN on Ancient Faith Ministries

Check out the Orthodox Christian Attorney Network featured on Ancient Faith Radio podcasts!

"Orthodox Christian Attorney Conference" - Bobby Maddex interviews Joan Berg, co-chair of the 2019 Orthodox Christian Attorney Conference.

"You Have Been Called!" - On the first episode of his multi-part series on "living your calling," host Bill Marianes interviews Matthew Namee and Joan Berg, two Orthodox attorneys who have evidenced a willingness to use their God-given skills and abilities to serve His Church.

OCAN Conference History

In 2017, nearly 30 Orthodox attorneys gathered for an inspiring first-ever national pan-Orthodox attorney meeting as part of Christian Legal Society's National Conference. We are now holding this meeting annually, every October, in locations throughout the nation. Learn more about the 2017 and 2018 events at:

2017 Orthodox Attorney Conference (Newport Beach CA)

2018 Orthodox Attorney Conference (Clearwater Beach FL)


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The Orthodox Christian Attorney Network is committed to serving as a forum for attorneys of various backgrounds to come together to discuss how to live out their Orthodox Christian faith in their practice. Any reference to any person or organization does not constitute or imply any endorsement, recommendation or approval by the Orthodox Christian Attorney Network or the Christian Legal Society of such person or organization, including their activities, products or services. The views or opinions of any speaker, panelist or moderator are their own and do not necessarily state or represent the views of the Orthodox Christian Attorney Network or the Christian Legal Society.