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April 3, 2000

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Weekly Bible Study  (Tuesday, April 4th @ noon, Room 583)
Hope you can join us on Tuesday for the next topic in our awesome Christian leadership  bible study. 

WHEN: Tuesday, April 4th  @ 12:00 1:00pm

WHERE: Room 583

TOPICWe will move on to the Christian leadership topic, 
                         The Principle of Staying Power.

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. 

WANTED:CLS Board Members for 2000/2001 

It is that very important time of year when we need to select those students who will serve as leaders for our CLS student chapter during the next school year. 

Please prayerfully consider becoming a member of the CLS leadership board for the next school term.   All of the 2000/2001 CLS Board positions are open to CLS members:

  • President
  • Vice President
  • Treasurer
  • Activities Coordinator
If you are at all interested in a leadership position and are unable to attend the meeting on March 28th,please contact Cynthia Ferguson ( by March 31st.


ADF Blackstone Summer Fellowship     (ATTENTION: 1L CLS Members)
[ DEADLINE: was March 1, but it has been extended ]

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 ( . 

Dead Sea Scrolls Exhibit - (March 10 - June 11)

The Field Museum exhibition is the first time that the Dead Sea Scrolls have been in Chicago since 1949.  The exhibition includes portions of 15 different scrolls (five of which have not been seen outside of Israel) and eighty archaeological artifacts from the area where the scrolls were discovered.  Rare books and manuscripts from the Newberry Library and The Field Museum, and a torah scroll from the Spertus Museum are also featured. 

Check out the Field Museum web site for more information:

Have a Blessed  Week!!

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

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