The Catholic Lawyers Society is a special interest bar association consisting of lawyers, judges and law students 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. Pax tecum.

Advent Evening of Reflection

The CLS Advent Evening of Reflection will be held on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 6 pm at Saint Anne Detroit Catholic Church. Our speaker is Rev. Russell E. Kohler. Cost is $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Please RSVP to Saulius Polteraitis at spolteraitis@fbmjlaw.com. Send advance payments c/o Saulius Polteraitis, 38777 W. Six Mile Rd., Ste 300, Livonia MI 48152.

CLS 2012 Scholarship Essay Competition

The Catholic Lawyers Society is pleased to announce this year's scholarship essay topic:

"Does Faith Restrict Us or Make Us Free?"

Good luck to the Detroit Cristo Rey seniors who will be participating. The award will be presented at the CLS annual meeting in April.

First Friday Mass

The third Thursday mass has been moved to First Friday at 11:40 (at Sts. Peter & Paul downtown). This is a perfect opportunity to begin or continue your First Friday devotion to the Sacred Heart with your fellow Catholic lawyers. First Friday practices date to the last decades of the 17th century, when Jesus appeared to St. Margaret Mary and spoke to her of His Sacred Heart (click here). Among the promises Our Lord revealed to St. Margaret Mary, the 12th specifically referenced practices for Fridays:

In the excess of the mercy of my Heart, I promise you that my all powerful love will grant to all those who will receive Communion on the First Fridays, for nine consecutive months, the grace of final repentance: they will not die in my displeasure, nor without receiving the sacraments; and my Heart will be their secure refuge in that last hour.

2011 CLS Loyola Scholarship Competition

The Catholic Lawyers Society is pleased to announce the 2011 essay topic:

"What does it mean to be holy and how is God calling me personally to holiness in my own life?"

Inspired by Christ's command: "Be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect" (Mt 5:48), students will base their essays primarily on the Holy Father's address to pupils during his visit to the United Kingdom last year.  Supplementing this source are sections of Lumen Gentium (the Second Vatican Council's Dogmatic Constitution on the Church) (numbers 33 and 40) and John Paul II's Apostolic Exhortation, Christifideles Laici (number 58).

The Address of the Holy Father to Pupils:
(available on youtube at the 10:52 mark here and continued here)

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Dear young friends,

First of all, I want to say how glad I am to be here with you today. I greet you most warmly, those who have come to Saint Mary’s University from Catholic schools and colleges across the United Kingdom, and all who are watching on television and via the internet. I thank Bishop McMahon for his gracious welcome, I thank the choir and the band for the lovely music which began our celebration, and I thank Miss Bellot and Elaine for her kind words on behalf of all the young people present. In view of London’s forthcoming Olympic Games, it has been a pleasure to inaugurate this Sports Foundation, named in honour of Pope John Paul II, and I pray that all who come here will give glory to God through their sporting activities, as well as bringing enjoyment to themselves and to others.

It is not often that a Pope, or indeed anyone else, has the opportunity to speak to the students of all the Catholic schools of England, Wales and Scotland at the same time. And since I have the chance now, there is something I very much want to say to you. I hope that among those of you listening to me today there are some of the future saints of the twenty-first century. What God wants most of all for each one of you is that you should become holy. He loves you much more than you could ever begin to imagine, and he wants the very best for you. And by far the best thing for you is to grow in holiness.