CLS Governance

Christian Legal Society (CLS) is a not-for-profit corporation incorporated under Illinois law in October 19, 1961. Pursuant to its bylaws, the property, ministry and other affairs of the corporation are managed under the direction of its duly elected and voluntary board of directors.

The CLS board, comprised of up to 25 members, including the 6 officers of the Corporation, serve staggered three-year terms. Officers serve terms of two years in each officer position, after which they must rotate off the board for at least one year. Provisions are made in the bylaws for regular introduction of new members to serve on the board. Board members are nominated by the board’s nominating committee and elected by CLS attorney members.

CLS corporate officers include a president, president-elect, past-president, treasurer, secretary and an executive director. All officers serve as ex officio members of the board in addition to its 19 regular members and have full voting rights as director members of the board. The executive director serves as the chief executive officer of the corporation. Officers of the corporation are elected by the board of directors.

The board has an executive committee with full power to act on behalf of the full board in between the three regular meetings of the board held each year. The board also has several standing and special committees. The six standing committees include one standing committee for each of the four major ministry areas, in addition to a development and a finance committee. The board also may establish advisory committees from time to time. Committees may include individuals other than board members. Committee members are appointed by resolution of the board. Board members may serve on more than one committee at a time.

Attorney members and student members may form local attorney chapters and student chapters of CLS. CLS encourages development of local chapters to express and enhance CLS’ ministries locally.

Individuals who are not attorneys or law students are welcomed as associate members to participate in the affairs of the corporation. Associate members may serve on board committees, are invited to attend the corporation’s conferences and local chapter meetings and are encouraged to participate, as allowed by local rules of practice, in the various ministries of the corporation.

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CLS BYLAWS

Board of Directors
We are your Board of Directors, here to serve you.  We are committed to following Jesus in all that we do on the Board.  If you have questions about Christian Legal Society or how you can serve Jesus through CLS’s ministries, please do not hesitate to contact us using the contact information provided below. If you have a nominee for the CLS board of directors, please see our invitation here.

Executive Committee

President & Chairman of the Board
Charles M. Oellermann
Jones Day
Columbus, OH

Past President

Sally Wagenmaker

Wagenmaker & Oberly, LLC
Chicago, IL 

President-Elect

Jeffrey S. Fowler

Laner Muchin, Ltd.
Chicago, IL 

Secretary

Stuart J. Lark

Sherman Howard
Colorado Springs, Colorado

Treasurer

Joshua Grosshans

The Grosshans Group
Winter Garden, FL

Executive Director

David Nammo

Laner Muchin, Ltd.
Chicago, IL 

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David Nammo

Executive Director
& CEO

David Nammo has served as executive director and CEO of Christian Legal Society since 2012.

He is the former executive vice president of the Leadership Project for America, where he worked closely with conservative leaders such as former Reagan Attorney General Ed Meese, Publisher Al Regnery, Club for Growth founder Steve Moore, and U.S. Rep. David McIntosh, in preparation for the 2012 election cycle.

He also was the executive director of the Family Research Council Action (FRCA), the 501(c)(4) arm of the Family Research Council, where he worked on political issues, interfaced with Congress, and met with candidates from across the country. He also started the first PAC for the Family Research Council and engaged in the 2008 election cycle in over 40 states.

David consulted and worked for a variety of employers over several years, including Gammon & Grange, a Virginia law firm; defense consultants for the Defense Intelligence Agency, and as a sole practitioner practicing trademark and business contract law. His prior employment at the Christian Legal Society was as the former director of attorney and law student ministries of Christian Legal Society. He also helped found the IVCF/CLS joint taskforce and restarted The Christian Lawyer magazine in 2005.

He has been interviewed by national and international media, including the NBC Nightly News, Fox News, the Associated Press, CBN News, as well as various radio stations from across the country and around the globe.  His op-eds have been published in USA Today, the Washington Times, the National Review, and many online news sites. Prior to attending law school at both George Mason University School of Law and Chicago-Kent College of Law, David worked as a journalist for the Fox News Service, a Middle East wire service, and WTTG-TV in Washington D.C.

David writes an occasional blog called Babylonian Thoughts, given his Chaldean heritage, as the son of a Christian-Iraqi. He is co-owner of a record label out of Southern California. He resides in Northern Virginia with Laura, his wife (a patent attorney), their six children, a cat, and a St. Bernard dog.

Board Members

Richard C. Baker

Mauck & Baker, LLC
Chicago, IL

Benjamin Bull

National Center on Sexual Exploitation
Scottsdale, AZ

Richard Campanelli

University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA

Christopher Charles

Provident Law
Scottsdale, AZ

Sylvia Chen

Google
Chicago, IL

Harold Coleman Jr.

American Arbitration Association
San Diego, CA

Carl H. Esbeck

University of Missouri, School of Law
Columbia, MO

Herb Grey

Attorney at Law
Beaverton, OR

Michael Hernandez

Regent University School of Law
Virginia Beach, VA

Lina Hughes

Yen Hughes Law PC
Sacramento, CA

John Kea

Southern Baptist Foundation
Nashville, TN

Wallace L. Larson

Carson Messinger PLLC
Phoenix, AZ

Monique A. Miles

Old Towne Associates, P.C.
Alexandria, VA

Stephen Moll

Reed Smith LLP
Houston, TX

Ken Starr

The Lanier Law Firm
Waco, TX

Myron Steeves

Church Law Center
Santa Ana, CA

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