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January 31, 1999

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PLANNING MEETING!! (Wednesday, Feb. 2nd @ 5:00pm, Rm 270)

Please try to attend the CLS  planning meeting for this semester.  We will be discussing  several important announcements and events.  Your input is important in helping CLS be a blessing to as many students as possible. 

Hope to see you there!!

WHEN:    Wednesday, Feb. 2nd 
              (we'll start right at 5:00 pm and meet for about 20 minutes)

WHERE: Room 270


WHAT: Tentative Agenda - 
    A. Introductions  (if necessary)
    B. Maintaining Affiliation with National CLS Org.
    C. Selection of new board in March 

    A. Feedback on meeting days & times 
    B. Other feedback from last semester 

    A. New Christian Legal Aid Clinic speaker CLS Attorney Advisor Tom Witek
    B. Executive Director of  Cabrini-Green Legal Aid Clinic      speaker Anne Nelson 

   A. International Law & Human Rights - Study Abroad Program (Strasbourg, France)
   B. Blackstone Fellowship deadline March 1, 2000
   C. William Pew Religious Freedom Scholarship Competition deadline April 15, 2000

   A. Fall 99 Exam Time Snack Break 
   B. Fall 99 Project Angel Tree 15 angels received several gifts!

   A. Friday evening activity during the semester: social or evening worship 
   B. National Day of Prayer May 4, 2000 (last day of classes is May 3rd)


Weekly Bible Study  (Tues., February 8th @ noon, Room 583)

Hope you can join us on Tuesday for our first bible study of the semester. 

WHEN: Tuesday, February 8th  @ 12:00 1:00pm

WHERE: Room 583 

TOPIC:  We will start our  next Christian leadership topic, The Principle of Communication.

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)
[ DEADLINE: March 1, 2000 ]

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  Week!!

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

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