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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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CLS Dues

2017 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 Lenten Evening of Reflection 2017



This year’s Lenten Evening of Reflection will be held on Wednesday, March 8th starting with Mass at 6:00 pm.  The location is St. Aloysius Catholic Church at 1232 Washington Boulevard, Detroit.  Fr. Loren Connell OFM, Pastor of St. Aloysius will preside and present the reflection during the homily.  Dinner will follow at 24 Grille in the Westin Book Cadillac.  There is no charge for the event, but we will all pick up our own tab at dinner.

Please RSVP to Mayra Rodriguez by March 3, 2017 at email: Marodriguez8@comcast.net

When you RSVP, please indicate whether you will attend the Mass only, or both Mass and dinner.

University of Detroit Mercy Law School Bar Association Fair



UDM Law is hosting a Bar Association Fair on Tuesday, March 7, from 12-2 pm. The goal of the event is to expose students to the value of joining bar associations. The Catholic Lawyers Society has been invited to participate and provide information regarding the benefits of joining, and how to join.  If you would like to support this effort, please RSVP using the following link: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0f45aaa72fa6fa7-udmbar.

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 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: