“Seeking justice with the love of God through enabling and encouraging the provision of Christian legal aid and assistance to the poor and needy.”
To plant seeds for Christian legal aid throughout the country and provide resources, support, and training for attorneys and others to start and grow Christian legal aid programs.
People’s legal problems often emerge as symptoms of other issues in their lives. For persons who can afford good legal help, that help can often help bring about a satisfactory solution to their immediate needs and good legal counsel can often help them eliminate other problems. And it is there that the lawyer’s role of counselor can be critical.
Christian Legal Society recognizes that part of the lawyer’s role is often the most important and that many people’s problems, legal and otherwise, are simply the result of spiritual issues that have been unaddressed in their lives. These might often be identified simply as a lack of a relationship with God or the lack of a close relationship with God. These problems, however, are often compounded for the poor. They can’t afford good legal help, as a counselor or otherwise.
God urges us to help the poor–indeed commands us to do justice. Among hundreds of verses in the Bible reflecting our responsibilities to the poor are these:
- “Learn to do right! Seek justice, encourage the oppressed. Defend the cause of the fatherless, plead the case of the widow.” Isaiah 1:17
- “Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke?” Isaiah 58:6
- Defend the weak and the fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed. Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked. Psalms 82: 3, 4
- The righteous care about justice for the poor, but the wicked have no such concern. Proverbs 29:7
- Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy. Proverbs 31: 8, 9
Christian Legal Aid responds to these commands–to serve the poor with legal help but, perhaps more importantly the spiritual help necessary to eliminate the issues that often cause legal symptoms. Often the most good done in these sessions is simply by providing a listening ear or by caring and showing as best we can the compassion of God. This often restores value to people who are downtrodden and emotionally drained. They don’t know where to turn. In approximately 70% of the cases, we can assist the individuals with a single visit by simply giving them advice as to their legal needs or where they might turn for additional assistance.
Diretor, Christian Legal Aid
Ken Liu joined the Christian Legal Society as the Director of Christian Legal Aid in 2014. He is passionate about helping to start and grow Christian Legal Aid programs around the country. Ken has served with Good Samaritan Advocates (GSA), a Christian Legal Aid program in suburban Washington, D.C., in multiple capacities as volunteer attorney, board member, clinic co-director, and president. Through his work with GSA, Ken is experienced in providing legal and spiritual counseling to low-income clients, and in many aspects of managing a legal aid program, including starting a program, recruiting and training volunteers, board governance, and fundraising.
Ken is also a part-time attorney at Gammon & Grange, P.C. where he has practiced intellectual property and nonprofit law since 2001. He serves a broad range of nonprofits, churches, ministries, and small businesses. Through his work there, Ken has extensive knowledge in the operational and legal aspects of nonprofit organizations.
Ken is a proud Wahoo from the University of Virginia and a graduate of Cornell Law School. He lives with his wife in northern Virginia, has two boys in college, and worships at St. Mary’s Orthodox Church in Falls Church, VA.
CLS 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.
Director, Development & Communications
Courtney Herron is the the director of development and communications for Christian Legal Society. A graduate of Regent University (M.A. Political Management) and the University of Central Florida (B.A. Political Science/Business), she has worked in nonprofit fundraising since 2002. An advocate for underserved communities, she recently served on the Board of Directors of Let My People Go, a national nonprofit ministry dedicated to empowering the local church to fight human trafficking, and is a foster care advocate in her community.