Orthodox Christian Attorney Network

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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

November 1-2, 2019   -   Chicago, IL

 Answering the Call - Serving our Faith and Profession

in conjunction with the

Christian Legal Society National Conference
at the Westin Michigan Avenue 
October 31 - November 3, 2019

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!

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​​If you would like to attend only the Orthodox Christian Attorney Network (OCAN) conference on Saturday, November 2 (and not the rest of the CLS conference), the cost is only $125. Use the drop down menu at the bottom of the registration page to register for the OCAN conference only.

The registration fee does not include the cost of the hotel room. If you would like to stay at the Westin conference hotel, register for the CLS conference hotel group rate.

Limited financial aid is available for law students and low-income public interest attorneys. Submit a scholarship application as soon as possible. Awards will be granted on a rolling basis until funds are depleted.

We look forward to seeing you in Chicago!

We encourage OCAN attendees to consider attending the full Christian Legal Society Conference, 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.

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
                 ·         Georgia Varlan Man, Corporate Counsel at General Mills, Inc.
                 ·         Protodeacon David Keim, Senior VP, General Counsel Global Corporate Legal Affairs at SAS Institute Inc.
                 ·         Judge Nick Ayoub, 61st District of State of Michigan
                 ·         Joan Berg, Real Estate Partner at Schoenberg Finkel Newman & Rosenberg, LLC
                 ·         Zoe Laird, Deputy District Attorney at Arapahoe County DAs office
                 ·         Moderator: Georgina Suzuki

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

5:00 – 5:30        Closing Remarks

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


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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