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2019 CLS National Conference


October 31, 2019


Chicago-Westin Michigan Ave



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Register now to take advantage of the early bird discounts. CLS will not be able to extend the early bird registration discounts this year due to increased costs associated with this location. Early bird discounts end on July 31. 

Payment in full is required to process all registrations. The registration fee covers all main sessions, workshops, three buffet breakfasts, and the Saturday evening gala. We will confirm your completed registration by mail or email. The status of your membership on October 31, 2019 determines your registration fee. Those attending law school or undergraduate school full-time are considered “Students.” When both spouses are attorneys, law students, or non-lawyer members, the spouse with the higher registration fee must register and the other need pay only the spouse fee.

The hotel is located in downtown Chicago and is accessible by rental car, taxi, rideshare services (Uber, Lyft, VIA), GoAirport Express shuttle, city bus or rail service such as the CTA (Chicago Transit Authority) Blue Line /”L” trains or Metra. 

CTA: City-wide bus and rail service. See for full fares, schedules, and maps. A limited number of CTA bus & rail map brochures will be available onsite at the hospitality table staffed by the Chicago Host Committee.

  • Download the Ventra App or purchase tickets at station kiosks. Single-ride (allows for 3 rides w/in 2 hours), daily, 3-day, and other regular and reduced-fare passes are available.
  • Blue Line train from O’Hare airport to downtown ($5 single-ride). Ride 45 minutes (19 stops) to Jackson and exit up to street level. Walk about 1 block East to the State & Jackson Red Line station, entrance below street level, and take the Northbound train to Howard 6 minutes (4 stops). Exit the train at the Chicago (West Chicago Ave.) station. From there, the Westin will be about an 8-minute walk (.4 mile).
  • Orange Line train from Midway airport to downtown ($3 single-ride). Ride 20 minutes (7 stops) then transfer from Orange to Red Lines (Northbound to Howard) on the platform at Roosevelt. Take the Red Line 8 minutes (6 stops) and exit the train at the Chicago (West Chicago Ave.) station. From there, the Westin will be about an 8-minute walk (.4 mile).

Metra: Commuter rail service from the suburbs, including downtown Chicago stops. See

  • includes quick links to Metra system maps and routes, RTA regional trip planner, CTA, Water Taxi services, Pace bus service, rental car options, South Shore Line, Divvy bike rental, and more.
  • Children under 12 ride free. Single-ride, 10-ride, weekend, reduced-fare passes, and more are available; see website for more details.

South Shore Line: Commuter rail service from NW Indiana. See

You can plan your trip via public transportation using the RTA Chicago Transit website ( 

Parking at the hotel is expensive. The parking lot fees are $72 for overnight parking (each 24 hour period). Parking is valet parking only; no self-parking is available onsite. Valet parking includes in/out privileges. 

If you live local, the Moody Bible Institute is offering 50 free parking spaces, several blocks away, but no overnight parking. Passes may be claimed in person at the host committee hospitality table at conference registration onsite. Users are to park in Lots A or C near 941 N. Wells Street and display their passes on the vehicle dash. From Moody, the Westin is an approximately 15 minute walk.

To locate other, more economical parking options, go to the Parkopedia website. Once there, type in the hotel address (909 N Michigan Ave.), the date and time you plan on parking, and the date and time you plan on departing. This will pull up a map with the garages around the hotel. To the right of the screen, you will find the name, address and the parking rates of each.

SpotHero is another website you can use and works the same way. Get $10 off your first reservation when you download the Spothero app with code “Smart”. For the best availability and pricing, reserve in advance for any length of stay.

Other online websites –, or similar sites – may also be helpful for finding parking near the Westin Michigan Avenue (lots run by, SP+ parking, LAZ parking,, etc).

CLE Credits
CLS will be applying for state bar approved CLE credits. There is no additional charge for CLE credits for workshop sessions; however, you must fill out the proper CLE forms at the conference to receive credit. CLE credit is also available for the main session on Friday morning. CLE credits will be provided for workshops that qualify, which is dependent on the rules of each accrediting state.

Dress for the conference is business casual; Saturday evening banquet is business formal.

Special Needs
If you have dietary or other special needs, please let us know when you register so that we can make arrangements to accommodate your needs.

Any cancellation/request for a refund must be made in writing, and CLS will issue a cancellation number. If received on or before September 1, a $75 administration fee will apply. If received by 4:00 pm EDT on October 1, a $150 fee will apply. No refunds will be given after 4:00 pm EDT on October 1, 2019. No-shows will not receive a refund.

The Westin Chicago Michigan Avenue is located at 909 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611. The hotel is directly across the street from the 360 Chicago Tower (the Hancock building) on Michigan Avenue and E. Delaware Place and just a few blocks from Lake Michigan.    

Click here to access the hotel reservations page. Please note that we expect the discounted rate hotel block to fill quickly and the hotel will not guarantee an extension of our room block. Please plan accordingly by booking early to ensure your discounted rate of $189/night. 

Child Care
Age-appropriate, Christ-centered care is available for children ages 0-11 for most conference sessions and workshops. Childcare is free for all registrants; however, registrations must be received by September 16, 2019, so we can make the appropriate accommodations. Details and program offerings are subject to change based on interest. 

Click here to access the CLS room block on the Westin’s booking website directly.

The room block at the Westin Michigan Avenue for the CLS National Conference is available for booking between Tuesday, October 29 through Monday, November 4 at the rate is $189 a night plus taxes and applicable fees. 

The last day to book your room with the hotel is Monday, October 7; however, please note that we expect the room block will be filled prior to that date and we cannot guarantee the hotel will expand our room block so please plan accordingly. 

The Westin Chicago Michigan Avenue is located at 909 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611. The hotel is directly across the street from the 360 Chicago Tower (the Hancock building) on Michigan Ave and E. Delaware Pl just a few blocks from Lake Michigan. 

Click here to access the CLS room block on the Westin’s booking website directly.


(subject to change)

Thursday, October 31, 2019     
8:00 am-5:30 pm     Christian Legal Aid Summit*     
10:00 am-4:00 pm   Church and Ministry General Counsel Forum*     
12:00-5:30 pm          Anglican Lawyers’ Network Lunch and Sessions*     
12:00 pm                  Registration Opens          
4:15-5:45 pm            Workshops — Session I (Early Bird Session)     
5:45-7:00 pm            Dinner with friends (on your own)     
7:00-9:00 pm           Main Session I — Rebecca Kiessling     
9:00-9:15 pm            First-time Conference Attendees Welcome
9:00-10:00 pm          Welcome Dessert Reception     
10:00 pm                  Law Student Late Night Lounge

Friday, November 1, 2019   
7:30-8:00 am             Morning Corporate Prayer     
8:00-9:00 am             Buffet Breakfast     
8:00-8:50 am             Small Group Discussion     
8:50-9:20 am             CLS Annual Meeting
9:30-11:30 am          Main Session II — Religious Freedom Plenary Workshop
12:00-2:30 pm           Christian Legal Scholars’ Symposium and Luncheon*     
12:00-2:30 pm           CLS Attorney Chapter Leaders’ Luncheon
                                       & Leadership Training     
1:30-3:00 pm             Spouses’ Gathering
1:30-3:00 pm             Workshops — Session II     
3:30-5:00 pm             Workshops — Session III     
5:30-6:30 pm            Main Session III — Dr. Mark Jobe     
6:30-9:00 pm             Dinner with friends (on your own)     
7:00-9:00 pm             Law Student Welcome Reception and Dinner
9:00-10:00                 WAPpy Hour Reception            
10:15-11:00 pm         Law Student Praise and Worship     
11:00 pm                   Law Student Late Night Lounge

Saturday, November 2, 2019  
7:30-8:00 am             Morning Corporate Prayer     
8:00 am-6:00 pm       Orthodox Christian Attorney Network*     
8:00-9:30 am             Buffet Breakfast     
8:30-9:30 am             Law Student Breakfast
8:30-9:30 am             Small Group Discussion     
10:00-11:45 am         Law Student Main Session     
10:15-11:45 am         Workshops — Session IV     
12:00-1:30 pm           Law Student Mentoring Lunch     
1:45-3:15 pm             Workshops — Session V     
3:45-5:15 pm             Workshops — Session VI     
7:00-9:00 pm            Main Session IV — Celebration Banquet, 
                                       Chief Kelvin Cochran     

9:00-10:30 pm           Bookstore Coffee

Sunday, November 3, 2019     
7:00 am                    Mass (off-site)     
8:00-8:30 am            Morning Corporate Prayer     
8:30-10:00 am          Buffet Breakfast     
10:00-11:30 am       Main Session V — Worship Service, Pastor Todd Wilson
12:00 pm                  Hotel Checkout


*Requires additional registration. 

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Rebecca Kiessling – Thursday Evening

Rebecca Kiessling is an attorney and an international pro-life speaker, sharing her story of having been adopted, raised Jewish, learning she was conceived in rape and nearly aborted, and then coming to know her value and identity in Christ. She’s the founder and president of Save The 1 and is also the co-founder of Embryo Defense. 

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Dr. Mark Jobe – Friday Afternoon

Mark Jobe currently serves as president of Moody Bible Institute. In addition, for more than 30 years, Dr. Jobe has served as the lead and founding pastor of New Life Community Church in Chicago. He is also the founder of New Life Centers, an organization focused on helping youth in underserved areas of Chicago. He and his wife, Dee, have been married more than 30 years and have three adult children.

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Chief Kelvin Cochran – Celebration Banquet, Saturday Evening

Kelvin Cochran has a long history as a firefighter, starting in 1981 when he joined the Shreveport Fire Department where he served in several capacities before being appointed Fire Chief of the City of Atlanta Fire Rescue Department. He also served as the U.S. Fire Administrator under President Obama. Currently, he is the COO of Elizabeth Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia. Mr. Cochran is married to Carolyn, is the father of three children, and has one granddaughter. 


Pastor Todd Wilson – Sunday Morning

Todd Wilson (PhD, Cambridge University) – author, speaker, theologian – is the president and co-founder of the Center for Pastor Theologians. He is also the former senior pastor of Calvary Memorial Church in Oak Park, Illinois. He has authored or edited a number of books related to Christian ministry, theology, and biblical studies. Todd is married to Katie, and they have seven children. 

Please Note: Workshops are subject to change. CLE credits will be provided for workshops that qualify, which is dependent on the rules of each accrediting state. At this time, CLS has applied for CLE approval for the workshops indicated with “CLE.”

Religious Expression In The Public Square (CLE)
Thomas Olp, Thomas More Society

Religious Freedom In The Workplace (CLE)
Wesley Covert, Laner Muchin

Religious Freedom Update (CLE)
Kim Colby, Center for Law & Religious Freedom

Disestablishment in the New American States, 1776-1833 (CLE)
Carl Esbeck, University of Missouri Law School


More Than Lawyers: The Legal And Ethical Implications Of Counseling Clients On Nonlegal Considerations (Ethics CLE)
Natt Gantt, Regent University School of Law


The Next Frontier In The Threat To Life And The Dignity Of The Human Person (CLE)
Catherine Glenn Foster, Americans United for Life

The Factors of Judicial Precedent: Roe v. Wade And Overruling Precedent (CLE)
Clarke Forsythe, Americans United for Life

What Would Lincoln Want To Know About A Human Embryo? (CLE)
Rita Lowry Gitchell, Chilton Yambert Porter LLP


Legal Parameters for Disruptive Biotechnology: Struggling to Keep Pace (CLE)
Richard Campanelli


Law Follows Culture, Except When It Doesn’t (CLE)
Jeffrey Ventrella, Alliance Defending Freedom


Managing The Crisis Of A Misconduct Allegation (CLE)
Theresa Lynn Sidebotham, Telios Law PLLC

The Four Trapdoors That Will Close Your Ministry (CLE)
Justin Coleman, Simms Showers

Statements of Faith and Codes of Conduct in Religious Employment (CLE)
Forrest Norman, Dickie, McCamey & Chilcote, P.C.


Why Litigate — Conciliate!! (CLE)
Matt Argue, Harold Coleman, Jr., and Gary Friesen, Institute for Christian Conciliation Certified Christian Conciliator™

Exploring The Value And Benefits Of Certification With The Institute For Christian Conciliation
Matt Argue, Harold Coleman, Jr., and Gary Friesen, Institute for Christian Conciliation


Are We Safe? Data Privacy And Other Tech-Related Risk Management (CLE)
Paul Winters, Wagenmaker & Oberly

The First 30 Minutes After A Crisis: How To Improve Or Kill Your Law Firm’s Reputation (CLE)
Thomas Ciesielka, TC Public Relations


Can Square Pieces Fit Into A Triangle Puzzle? A Tax Law Primer On The TCJA (CLE)
Joshua Gamboa, Gamboa+Law PC

Turning the Tables: Principles Of Constructive Negotiation (CLE)
Kevin Loechl, Bird Law Firm

Distressed Businesses: Negotiating Successful Workouts and Considering When Bankruptcy Makes Sense (CLE)
Neville Reid, Fox Swibel Levin & Carroll LLP

A Primer On Estate Planning: How To Advise The Wise And Faithful Steward (CLE)
Melissa Hoogendoorn DeVries, Hoogendoorn & Talbot LLP

Taking Your Divorce Practice To A HIGHer Level (CLE)
Bryan Reed, Reed, Centracchio & Associates, LLC

Do Justice: A Survey Of Criminal Justice Reform Trends (CLE)
Chelsea Friske, Prison Fellowship; Kate Trammell, Prison Fellowship

An Introduction to Environmental Law and the National Environmental Policy Act (CLE)
John Murdock, Conservatives for Responsible Stewardship


Women In The Law (CLE)
Karen Guzman and Lindsay Bruk, Intervarsity’s Women in the Academy and Professions; Sylvia Chen, Google

Christian Lawyers And The Least Of These Matthew 25:40-45
Pastor Robert L. Stevenson, Rock of Our Salvation Church

Threats to Lawyer Wellness: Lessons Learned and Solutions Offered from the National Initiatives to Improve Lawyer Wellness (CLE)
Natt Gantt, Regent University School of Law


Modern Day Slavery: The Fight Against Sex Trafficking And The Forces Supporting It (CLE)
Ben Bull, National Center on Sexual Exploitation


Soul Care Workshop
Lisa Nelson, Kingdom Soul Care

Jesus in the Courtroom: How To Appropriately Implement God’s Dominion Over Politics And Law
John Mauck, Mauck & Baker, LLC

The Psalms of Asaph: 12 Psalms Of Pure Honesty And Power
Steve Denny, The Law Office of Steven Denny


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