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November 15, 1999

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Weekly Bible Study  (November 16th @ noon, Room 583)

Hope you can join us this Tuesday for our continuing Christian Leadership bible study.

WHEN: Tuesday, November 16th @ 12:00 1:00pm

WHERE: Room 583 

TOPIC:  We will finish our discussion of  The Principle of Humility and   start our  next topic, The Principle of Communication, if there is time.

Just bring yourself and lunch.    Invite a friend!

The title of the book we are using is "Christian Leadership: The Source of the Vision" written by Samuel B. Casey and Vickie M. Collins.  Vickie M. Collins is a CLS member attorney and the former CLS law student ministries coordinator.  Samuel B. Casey is the executive director of National CLS and former professor and dean of Simon Greenleaf University School of Law in Anaheim, CA, and a former partner with Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe in Sacramento, CA. 

This study analyzes twelve important characteristics of Christian Leadership and reveals how Christian legal professionals share the unique opportunity and responsibility for speaking to society's need for ethical focus. 

CLS "Loop Group" Monthly Bible Study  (November 17th @ noon)

For those who aren't familiar with the CLS "Loop Group", they are a group of Christian attorneys in the downtown Chicago area who meet once a month for bible study during lunch.  Our CLS attorney chapter advisor, Tom Witek, extended an invitation to our chapter members to attend whenever we could.  The meetings are always during the lunch hour on the third Wednesday of each month.  The location of the meetings usually change because each month a different "Loop Group" attorney hosts the bible study. 

No RSVP is necessary - so just bring yourself, a lunch, and a friend. 

WHEN:      Wednesday, November 17, 1999,  @ 12:00 1:00pm


Hosted by Jeffrey S. Fowler of
Laner, Muchen, Dombrow & Becker
515 N. State St., Suit 2800
Chicago, IL 60610-4324
(312) 467-9800

ANGEL TREE* Update - Mark Your Calendars for Monday, Nov. 22nd
We have our 10 angels !!!   Here they are:
  • Earl  (3 year old boy)
  • Zachery (11 year old boy)
  • Shantay (12 year old girl)
  • Ronald (3 year old boy)
  • Carmen (11 year old girl)
  • Desiree (4 year old girl)
  • Shadow (9 year old girl) 
  • Heidi (4 year old girl)
  • Charmaine (10 year old girl)
  • Calvin (12 year old boy)
The CLS Board is in the process of contacting the care givers of each angel to determine what toys and clothing need to be purchased.  On NOVEMBER 22nd (the Monday before Thanksgiving) we'll have an ANGEL TREE* DAY here at Chicago-Kent.   We will set up an informational table in the cafeteria (Tentatively from about 9:30AM until 5:30PM) to give students and faculty a chance to choose the angel they would like to sponsor.  Sponsors can choose to purchase both the toy and clothing requested by the "angel" or just the toy or just the clothing.  If sponsors prefer to donate money, CLS members will then purchase the gifts.  Once all the gifts are purchased, CLS will deliver them. 

Volunteer Opportunities: Here are all the different ways you can help . . . 

  1. sit at the Angel Tree Table during different hours of the day on Nov. 22nd [NOTE:  a sign up sheet will be posted on the CLS bulletin board and a short informational mtg will be held for those who volunteer.]
  2. purchase a gift for an angel you sponsor
  3. purchase gift(s) with money donated for an angel 
  4. donate money for a gift 
  5. donate gift wrap supplies 
  6. wrap gifts 
  7. deliver gifts
There is something for everyone!  Contact Cynthia Ferguson ( if you have any questions

BACKGROUND: This year the Christian Legal Society (CLS) has decided to sponsor an Angel Tree* program here at Chicago-Kent.  Angel Tree* gives volunteers an opportunity to make Christmas very special for the children of prison inmates. These children are often the forgotten victims of crime. CLS has asked to be matched with 10 children (or "angels") in a community in the vicinity of Chicago-Kent. There is a great need for volunteers in the inner city.

Angel Tree* volunteers buy and/or deliver Christmas gifts for eligible children of prisoners.  Each "angel" is given two gifts, a toy and an article of clothing, which together total no more than $30-$35. Most of the children need clothing, but like all children they want (and in a sense need) toys - so this way they get both. Gifts are presented on behalf of the absent parent and in the name of Jesus Christ. Last year Angel Tree* volunteers presented nearly 18,500 children of prisoners with Christmas gifts in the Northern Illinois area alone. Volunteers experienced the joy of: seeing a Christmas smile light up a child's face, helping restore family relationships frayed through the strains of incarceration, and spreading Christ's love.

If your organizations or any of your members (individually or maybe with a group of friends) are interested in sponsoring a child or helping out in any way, please contact Cynthia Ferguson at

Thanks so much for your help in making Christmas really special for our 10  little "angels"!!!

[For more information about Angel Tree* just check out the attached Word document or the website at]
* registered trade mark

Joining the National CLS Organization
Just as a reminder, if you are interested in joining the National CLS organization please pick up an application from the CLS bulletin board on the concourse level.  The completed application forms and payment should be mailed to the National CLS headquarters in Virginia (address is listed on the form).  Since we do not have a group of 10 students joining at this time, the membership fee is $25/student.   If you have any questions please contact Cynthia Ferguson (

Judge Donnelly was Inspiring!

On the evening of November 4th the Christian Legal Society hosted a speaker event featuring, Juvenile Court Judge C. Donnelly.  It was hard to tell who enjoyed it more or was more inspired, the Judge or those who attended!  One thing is for sure, we were all blessed by the event.  Judge Donnelly shared his reflections on faith and the practice of law.   He also shared  how he pursues the mission God has given him, which is to reach out to youths in trouble (the "Prodigal Sons" of our time).   He reminded us that God has a plan for our lives and it is the very best plan for us.  If we continue to submit ourselves to His divine will, to have faith and trust Him, to pray and study His Word, and to seek the counsel of wise Christians, although troubles will come, we can stand and say, ". . . we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." Romans 8:28 (NIV).

We thank God for Judge Donnelly's commitment to the mission God has called him to and for his willingness to take the time to share with us.  Special thanks to Kaitrin Stumpf for suggesting Judge Donnelly as a speaker!

If you have any questions about the Christian Legal Society, please contact Cynthia Ferguson, 

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