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February 14, 1999

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CLS Christian Legal Aid Clinic - SPEAKER EVENT!!
(Tuesday, Feb. 22nd @ 4:45pm, Rm 345)

Mark your calendars and please try to attend this exciting speaker event.  We have a wonderful opportunity to hear from Tom Witek, the attorney who started this new CLS Christian Legal Aid Clinic in Chicago!!  Tom is also the CLS attorney advisor for our student chapter.  The clinic provides the poor and the homeless and other lower income clients with both legal and spiritual advice and limited assistance.  If you have any questions about CLS Christian Legal Aid, you don't want to miss this meeting.  Whether you are just wondering what the clinic is about or have a desire to become involved, please join us on February 22nd.  We'll be serving pizza and soda . . .  so stop by, have some dinner and learn more about this new clinic. 

Refreshments will be served.  
Hope to see you there!!

WHEN:    Tuesday, February 22nd at 4:45 pm 

WHERE: Room 345

WHAT: Guest Speaker Attorney Tom Witek - founder of new 
             CLS Christian Legal Aid Clinic 

Weekly Bible Study  (Tuesday, February 15th @ noon, Room 583)

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

WHEN: Tuesday, February 15th  @ 12:00 1:00pm

WHERE: Room 583 

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

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  (February 16th @ 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, February 16, 1999,  @ 12:00 1:00pm 


                     Hosted by Andy Norman of 
                     Ross & Hardies 
                     150 N. Michigan Ave., Suit 2500 
                     Chicago, IL 60601-7567 
                     (312) 750-5752

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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