Thanks for visiting our website.  The Catholic Lawyers Society of Detroit is a special interest bar association open to lawyers, judges and law students.  We are committed to advancing members' spiritual growth, promoting high ethical principles within the legal profession and addressing social and moral challenges within our society, through works of charity, mercy and justice, following the example of Jesus Christ.

In furtherance of these goals, the Catholic Lawyers Society sponsors several events for its members throughout the year including an annual retreat, masses, Lenten and Advent evenings of reflection and various service projects. Additionally, the society presents an annual scholarship as well as the Monsignor Malloy Award. We invite all who are interested to join us for one of our events.

Don't miss out on all we have to offer.  Dues for new members are only $10 for the first year, and dues for law student members are FREE.  Join the Catholic Lawyers Society of Detroit today!  Or, click here to pay your annual dues online.

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Upcoming CLS Events

Meet the Judges: Meet judges of the federal and state courts during a casual reception in the Detroit Mercy Law atrium (651 E. Jefferson, Detroit) on Tuesday, October 11. The schedule for the evening is: registration from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.; welcome remarks 6:00 - 6:10 p.m.; group photo 6:10 - 6:15 p.m.; network and meet the judges 6:15 - 7:30 p.m. Detroit Mercy Law is co-sponsoring this event with the Catholic Lawyers Society of Detroit; Incorporated Society of Irish American Lawyers; and the Polish American Lawyers Society. For additional information, please contact Denise Hickey.

Mass for Commerce: The 23rd Mass for Commerce will be held October 19th at 8:00 a.m. at the Sacred Heart Major Seminary Chapel, 2701 West Chicago Blvd, with breakfast to follow in the gymnasium.  More information is at the Mass for Commerce's website, or at its Facebook page.

Men’s Retreat: The annual Men’s Retreat will be on October 21-23 at Manresa Jesuit Retreat House with Fr. Tom Babcock as the Retreat Director. More information and retreat registration is available at this link.

Congratulations to Our Scholarship Winner

Congratulations to Okwuolisa Umeokolo, the 2016 winner of the Catholic Lawyers' Society scholarship essay competition.  The essay competition and scholarship fund was was established in 2008 in keeping with CLS's purpose of promoting the study and application of Christian principles to modern topics, and is open to graduating high school seniors.  Loyola High School Detroit has participated in 8 of the 9 yearly essay competitions.  The 2016 competition focused on questions from Misericordiae Vultus, Pope Francis's Bull of Indiction of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy.

Okwuolisa's essay, which was the unanimous choice of our judges, focused on the relationship between justice and mercy.  He reflected that God's justice is His mercy and does not seek retribution, but rather, reconciliation.  Okwuolisa understood that the Pope said in his Bull that if one makes a mistake, he still has to pay the price, but that this is where conversion begins, not ends.  You can read his essay by clicking here.

Okwuolisa is now attending Michigan State University, where he plans to be a pre-med major.  He joins a distinguished group of former award winners from Loyola: James Davis, Rafael Clay, Dontea Haliburton, Najee A've, Michael Travis, Demetrius Heard, and JoVaughn Townsend.

Congratulations, Okwuolisa!

CLS Dues

2016 CLS Dues:  We ask all returning members to pay dues for 2016.  (Law Student dues are FREE.  Remember, new attorney members of the CLS need only pay $10 for the first year! Please submit the attached roster card to join or update your information if renewing.  Dues may be paid either with a check forwarded to Steve Grobbel, or via PayPal on this website.

CLS Mass and Brunch with the Italian Lawyers

The Catholic Lawyers Society and the Italian-American Bar Association met on March 6 for Mass at Holy Family Church, and brunch at Ottava Via, in Detroit:

Photos from the Focus-HOPE Event with the Irish Lawyers

The Catholic Lawyers Society was proud to again partner with the Irish Lawyers Society to sponsor the semi-annual Focus-HOPE event on November 14.  Our members and their families helped to pack food boxes for low income families and senior citizens in need, and have packed more than 50,000 boxes since the inception of the event.