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November 22, 1999

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ANGEL TREE* DAY (Reminder) - Don't forget to stop by our table on:

 Monday, November 22nd
(9:30am - 5:30pm)
Cafeteria - 3rd Floor

An Angel Tree* sponsor/donation information table will be set up this Monday on the 3rd floor of the cafeteria to give the Chicago-Kent community an opportunity to participate in the program.  Sponsors can choose the angel they wish to actually purchase either a toy or article of clothing for.  Anyone who would like to help sponsor a child is welcome to donate money.  If sponsors prefer to donate money to help purchase gifts, CLS will use the donations to purchase gifts based on the requests of the angels. 

It is really exciting to be able to share the love of Christ with these 10 angels! 
Here are their names again (siblings are grouped together):

  • 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. 


Contact Cynthia Ferguson ( if you have any questions. 

ANGEL TREE* BACKGROUND: This year the Christian Legal Society (CLS) has decided to sponsor an Angel Tree* program here at Chicago-Kent.  Angel Tree*, a project of Prison Fellowship Ministries, 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

[For more information about Angel Tree* just check out their web site at]
* registered trade mark

Weekly Bible Study  (November 23rd @ noon, Room 583)

Hope you can join us this Tuesday for our last bible study of the semester.  Where did the time go?!

WHEN: Tuesday, November 23rd  @ 12:00 1:00pm

WHERE: Room 583 

TOPIC:  We will start with a status report on the Angel Tree program.  Then, depending on the time left, we will either start our  next Christian leadership topic, The Principle of Communication or review some material regarding strategies for making biblical changes in our lives.

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. 

ADF Blackstone Summer Fellowship     (ATTENTION: 1L CLS Members)

The Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) is sponsoring an awesome Fellowship opportunity primarily for interested first year law students who are highly motivated and capable.  Applicants  compete for 20-30 available seats in each Fellowship class.  A limited number of upper level students may also be accepted.  The Blackstone Fellowship is a National Training Program for Future Leaders in Law and has three main objectives:

  1. Equip Christian law students to engage the legal culture with biblical and natural law principals
  2. Give law students confidence that the foundation of law upon which our country was established is rationally superior to any competing legal philosophy
  3. Profoundly influence Christian law students to take their training and knowledge into positions of influence where they can bring about needed change in America's legal system. 
The program is an 11 week leadership development program in law and is divided into three phases:
  • Phase I:  Two weeks of lectures, seminars, and interactive discussions.  (Colorado:   June 4 -17th)
  • Phase II: Eight week assignment with various allied public interest law firms and individual attorneys on active litigation involving constitutional law. 

  • (Various locations:  June 19 - Aug 4)
  • Phase III: One week of debriefing and further training (includes special session for prospective judicial law clerks). 

  • (Texas:  Aug 5 - 12)
Funding:  There is no cost to students for participating in the program.  ADF pays some travel costs (for the study phase of the program).  In addition, fellows are paid a weekly stipend of $600/week by ADF to help defray living expenses during the summer. 

The application package has more details regarding the fellowship.  The fellowship is for this coming summer and ADF must receive all applications by March 1, 2000You do not have to be a member of the National CLS Organization to apply.  However, if your Phase II assignment is with the National CLS Center for Law and Religious Freedom, you would likely need to join the National CLS Organization (membership is something they require of all their interns I believe).  

The applications are extensive and so if you are sure you want to apply, you might want to pick up a copy to review over the Christmas break.  Copies of the application will be available in the CLS office.  If you have questions or are interested in taking a look at the application package contact Ben Barr ( or Cynthia Ferguson ( . 

Have a Blessed  Thanksgiving!!

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

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