Thoughts on CLS’ Southwest Regional Retreat

Thoughts on CLS’ Southwest Regional Retreat

Thoughts on CLS' Southwest Regional RetreatGuest Author - Yevgeniy P. Pislar“I wish it need not have happened in my time. So do I, and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is...

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Complaint Dismissed

Complaint Dismissed

Guest Author - Lynn BuzzardFor the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accusesthem before our God day and night. And they overcamehim by the blood of the Lamb (Revelation 12:10b, 11). Of the many titles of the Devil—father of lies, deceiver of the world—none...

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He’s not a judge, but he plays one on TV

He’s not a judge, but he plays one on TV

He's not a Judge, but he plays one on TVKen LiuErin hired her brother Drake, a contractor, to renovate her kitchen. She pre-paid him $5,000, but a year later he still had not started the job and refused to return her money, so Erin sued him. Unlike a typical trial,...

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Mercy Over Justice – Helping People at Rock Bottom

Mercy Over Justice – Helping People at Rock Bottom

Ken LiuWe often talk about "access to justice," which implies that legal aid clients are victims of injustice. Legal aid clients are victims of many kinds of injustices – domestic violence, unscrupulous landlords or employers, scammers and hucksters. And one of the...

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Complaint Dismissed

“One Thing” (Five Times)

"One Thing" (Five Times)Brent AmatoDo priorities have a priority in your life? Always a good and fair question, but especially at the start of a new year.  Maybe this is because it is so hard a topic to get our minds and hearts around. When you think about life,...

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Cases Not Yet Closed

Cases Not Yet Closed

Guest Author - Alan ButtonAs the deer pants for the water brooks,So my soul pants for Thee, O God.My soul thirsts for God, for the living God;When shall I come and appear before God? …O my God, my soul is in despair within me. Psalm 42:1-2, 6a A friend of mine is a...

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Christ’s Body on Earth

Christ’s Body on Earth

Christ's Body on EarthKen LiuOn Christmas Day, we celebrate the glorious miracle of the Incarnation – the Lord of the universe who deigned to be born in the body of a baby boy, to be "tabernacled" with us. The Creator of all things who became a part of the created....

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The Strength of Weak Ties

The Strength of Weak Ties

Anton SorkinHaving come to the end of my first semester at the helm of Law Student Ministries and after extensive time on the road visiting campuses in California, Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, and Florida, I’ve come to realize a profound challenge rooted in the...

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Multiple Choice Quiz: God is Most Like…

Multiple Choice Quiz: God is Most Like…

Guest Author - Lynn Buzzard                                        God is most like:                                        A. A Policeman                                        B. A Judge                                        C. A...

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Why Retreat?

Why Retreat?

Brent AmatoChristian Legal Society, as part of its ministry to lawyers and law students, provides not only its annual national conference, but also regional retreats. In the coming months, these are scheduled as follows: Midwest Regional Retreat, Lake Geneva,...

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Time Poverty: A Real Burden

Time Poverty: A Real Burden

Ken LiuMotivational speakers are fond of saying we all have the same 24 hours in a day, so "I don't have time" is not a good excuse. Sure, that’s a great inspirational message for those who have the luxury of time. But for people in financial poverty, "time...

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The Difficult Road Ahead

The Difficult Road Ahead

Lakuita Bittle “You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way. But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it.” Matthew...

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The Namárië Forum: An Introduction

The Namárië Forum: An Introduction

The Namárië Forum: An IntroductionAnton SorkinEvery school year, students will gather on their respective college campuses and be inundated by the practical applications of a life east of Eden. A life with the perpetual toil of urban living and the slowly decaying...

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They Just Don’t Get It

They Just Don’t Get It

They Just Don't Get ItGuest Author - Lynn Buzzard"Son of man, thou dwellest in the midst of a rebellious house, which have eyes to see, and see not; they have ears to hear, and hear not: for they are a rebellious house." Ezekiel 12:2 "But the natural man receiveth not...

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Considering the ABA’s Proposal for Mandating Bias Training

Considering the ABA’s Proposal for Mandating Bias Training

Anton SorkinThe American Bar Association (ABA) has issued a Memorandum for proposed changes to several Standards, among them being a proposal to amend Standard 303 to include the requirement that all law schools shall provide training and education to law students on...

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Do Not Deny Justice

Do Not Deny Justice

Ken LiuGod commanded His people: "Do not deny justice to your poor people in their lawsuits" (Exodus 23:6). But what if the poor can’t even get their day in court? For most of the poor in the U.S. today, justice is denied even before a lawsuit begins because they...

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What is Equality?

What is Equality?

David Nammo If you have kept up with recent news you may be aware that the current powers that be in Washington, D.C. have their sights set on the Equality Act.   CLS’ Kim Colby has a lot to say about the Equality Act, including calling it "an unqualified disaster for...

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Blessed Good Friday, Ye Poor in Spirit

Blessed Good Friday, Ye Poor in Spirit

Guest Author - Rick Campanelli "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." Matt 5:3 by Rick Campanelli It is Good Friday. Good Friday helps us contemplate what it means to be poor in spirit because whatever we may think it means, on Good...

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We All Need Somebody to Lean On

We All Need Somebody to Lean On

Ken Liu You just call on me brother          When you need a hand          We all need somebody to lean on           - "Lean On Me," Bill Whithers  Recently I spoke with a woman Ginny (not her real name) who was the victim of bullying and harassment by a neighbor....

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Some Inspiration, Courtesy of Law Students and Bob Goff

Some Inspiration, Courtesy of Law Students and Bob Goff

Guest Author - Karisa YouOn March 3, 2021, law school fellowships across the nation gathered virtually to welcome author Bob Goff for encouragement and inspiration.  Here is the testimony about the event and its planning by one of its organizers, Karisa You. Thank...

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Free-market justice?

Free-market justice?

Ken LiuSupreme Court Justice Hugo Black stated in 1956, "There can be no equal justice where the kind of trial a man gets depends on the amount of money he has." (Griffin v. Illinois.) More than a half century later, our justice system is arguably no better at...

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Christian Legal Aid featured in Christianity Today

Christian Legal Aid featured in Christianity Today

Ken LiuChristian Legal Aid was recently featured in an article by Christianity Today. Click here to read it.   “God really calls us attorneys specifically to serve the poor. . . So many of the causes of poverty are legal issues…. In this country, lawyers have a...

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We Took a Stand and Four Teens were Saved!

We Took a Stand and Four Teens were Saved!

Reed SmithMany times, in our fight to defend Christians being persecuted for their exercise of religion, what is needed is someone willing to take a stand, seek counsel, and authorize a firm letter.   That is the case in this story in which CLS proudly stepped in for...

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January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month

January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month

Ken Liu Of all the evils that break God’s heart, human trafficking, especially of children, has got to be on the top of the list. Although institutional slavery was abolished in the U.S. by the 13th Amendment of the Constitution, slavery in other forms is actually on...

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Between Christmas and Easter

Between Christmas and Easter

Mike Schutt Tuesday was the 850th “anniversary” of the murder of Thomas Becket on the steps of Canterbury Cathedral by King Henry’s knights. The commemoration on December 29 is often seen as a reminder of the danger of a powerful state in conflict with the Church. ...

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Merry Christmas from Christian Legal Aid

Merry Christmas from Christian Legal Aid

Ken Liu Joshua was a child born out of wedlock to a teenage mom in a middle eastern country. Under persecution from an autocratic government, his family fled as refugees to a neighboring country. Despite this inauspicious start to his life, he grew up in a good home...

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Textualism Had a Great Fall

Textualism Had a Great Fall

Reed SmithThe Supreme Court decision in Bostock v. Clayton County, which amends Title VII to include sexual orientation and gender identity, has long-reaching applications. The Court cannot say, on the one hand, that "because of ... sex" unambiguously includes sexual...

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Asylum in the United States

Asylum in the United States

Ken Liu Christian Legal Society presented a free webinar, Asylum in the United States:  An Overview of the Law and Recent Changes & Special Considerations for Christian Legal Aid Clinics, for anyone interested in learning about serving those who are persecuted...

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A Modest Proposal in the Pursuit of I Corinthians 10:31

A Modest Proposal in the Pursuit of I Corinthians 10:31

Brent Amato It was probably written around A.D. 55 or 56-a long, long time ago! It is part of the Bible, which means it is inspired by God  (II Timothy 3:16), eternal (Isaiah 40:8, Matthew 5:18), not subject to any revocation or amendment (Deuteronomy 4:2, 12:32) and...

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Bad Things Happen in Philadelphia

Bad Things Happen in Philadelphia

Reed Smith Long before the first presidential debate, bad things happened in Philadelphia.  Bad things were already happening in Philadelphia in 2018, when the City of Philadelphia ended its relationship with Catholic Social Services (“CSS”).  The Catholic Church had...

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Security For Such A Time As This – Part III

Security For Such A Time As This – Part III

Brent AmatoAs I shared in my previous two posts,  God is not taken by surprise by COVID-19, and around 1000 B.C., He inspired a psalmist to write and sing Psalm 91. This Psalm is most certainly for us in such a time as this. In view of this and other deadly prospects,...

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Security For Such A Time As This – Part II

Security For Such A Time As This – Part II

Brent AmatoAs we shared in the last devotional, God is not taken by surprise by COVID-19. In fact around 1000 B.C., He inspired a Psalmist to write and sing Psalm 91.  This Psalm is most certainly for us in such a time as this.  How many sixteen-verse passages of...

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Protecting Indigent Tenants In A Time Of COVID

Protecting Indigent Tenants In A Time Of COVID

As COVID-19 hit this spring and workers were let go by the millions across the country, the federal government and many state governments ordered moratoriums on evictions. All of these moratoriums have either recently expired or about to expire, at the same time that extra federal unemployment benefits are also ending. Even before the pandemic, 25% of all renters in the U.S. were already overburdened, paying more than half their income in rent.

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