Orthodox Christian Attorney Network

Orthodox Christian Attorney Network



Welcome to the webpage of the Orthodox Christian Attorney Network (OCAN)! 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. 

2021 OCAN Virtual Conference

Rescheduled New Date
Saturday, November 6, 2021
12:00pm - 3:00pm ET / 9:00am - 12:00pm PT

Due to Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew’s visit to the United States Oct, 23 – Nov, 3, 2021 and the dedication of Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine at the World Trade Center, the Orthodox Christian Attorney Network event originally planned for October 29-30th at the CLS National Conference has been rescheduled as an online event on November 6th.

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We are excited to host these distinguished Orthodox Christian jurists:

U.S. Court of Appeals - D.C. Circuit


Judge Katsas was appointed to the D.C. Circuit in December 2017. He graduated from Princeton University and Harvard Law School, where he was an executive editor on the Harvard Law Review. Between 1989 and 1992, he served as a law clerk to Judge Edward Becker on the Third Circuit, to then-Judge Clarence Thomas on the D.C. Circuit, and to Justice Thomas on the Supreme Court. Between 1992 and 2001, he was an associate and then partner in the Washington office of Jones Day, where he specialized in appellate and complex civil litigation. Between 2001 and 2009, he served in many senior positions in the Department of Justice, including as Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Division and as Acting Associate Attorney General. In 2009, he returned to Jones Day. From January to December 2017, he served as Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Counsel to the President. Before joining the bench, Judge Katsas argued more than 75 appeals, including three cases in the Supreme Court, 13 cases in the D.C. Circuit, and cases in every other federal court of appeals. By appointment of the Chief Justice, he served on the Advisory Committee on Appellate Rules from 2013 to 2017. In 2016, he was elected to membership in the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers.

Alida Kass
Federalist Society

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Alida Kass is Vice President & Director of Strategic Initiatives at the Federalist Society. She is also the director of the Federalist Society's Freedom of Thought project, a special initiative focused on renewing an appreciation for freedom of thought, conscience and expression. The project explores how intimidation and coercion are used to stifle debate, develops resources to restore an appreciation for freedom of thought, and works to encourage civil debate. Alida graduated from Duke University with a degree in history and earned her J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center.


OCAN 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 now hold this meeting annually every fall in locations around the nation. Learn more about our past events at:

2020 Orthodox Christian Attorney Conference (Virtual)

2019 Orthodox Christian Attorney Conference (Chicago, IL)

2018 Orthodox Christian Attorney Conference (Clearwater Beach, FL)

2017 Orthodox Christian Attorney Conference (Newport Beach, CA)


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.


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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 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 Christian Legal Society.