Christian Legal Society
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments. Matt. 22:37-40.
These two great commandments compel us to cultivate a heart for "knowing God" and for serving our neighbors. In the context of CLS at Stetson University College of Law, this involves three interdependent activities:
1.Spiritual Formation: Cultivating spiritual growth through communal prayer, spiritual disciplines, fellowship, and worship; learning to share one's faith; and developing devotional study of the Bible and familiarity with classic Christian works.
2. Compassionate Outreach: Showing the love of Christ to the campus and surrounding community by proclaiming the gospel in word and in deed, such as through a life of integrity and charitable good works, or as Martin Luther put it, "to be as Christ to our neighbor."
3. Christian Calling: Addressing the question, "What does it mean to be a Christian in law?" by learning to submit every aspect of one's calling in the legal profession to Christ's authority.
If you have any questions about CLS or would like to get involved in planning a fellowship event, service project, or any other activity, please contact one of the officers.
Professor Jeffrey Minneti
Conversations in the Courtyard - SBA Diversity Week
As a part of the Student Bar Association's annual Diversity Week, CLS hosts a monthly series entitled "Conversations in the Courtyard," which invites local area attorneys and pastors to address issues relating to faith and professional calling. During diversity week, CLS co-hosted an interfaith discussion with the Jewish Law Student Association, including included a Jewish attorney, Episcopalian priest and former JAG attorney, and Islamic attorney.
At the end of each semester, CLS hosts an attorney roundtable that provides local Christian attorneys and students a chance to interact. In Spring 2009, the event was co-sponsored by the Immigration Law Student Association and the Hispanic Bar Association. Part of the event included a presentation by Frank Valladares, an immigration attorney in St. Petersburg, who operates Project Child. Project Child is an organization that provides physical, medical and spiritual care to the orphaned and disabled children of the Dominican Republic.
Links and Resources
Church List - Information about churches in Gulfport, St. Petersburg, Tampa, Seminole, Largo, and Brandon (DOC)
Christian Legal Society - National organization website; student membership application available online and provides resources for both students and attorneys.Also, check out a new resource for law students, Cross & Gavel here and here.
Advocates International - Sister organization of CLS that supports issues of human rights and religious freedom worldwide.
International Justice Mission - Agency that provides Summer Legal Internship opportunity for those interested in international human rights work within a Christian context
Project Child - Local aid organization that CLS has worked with to raise awareness about their work with children in the Dominican Republic
Bible Gateway - Online, searchable Bible with various translations