CLS Chicago Chapter



In 1961, three Chicago lawyers (Paul Barnhard, Henry L. Brinks, and Gerrit P. Groen) had a vision to establish a national association for Christian lawyers and began to invite other Christian attorneys in the Chicago-land area to meet together for fellowship and vocational edification.  Their vision was realized as their small group eventually grew to become the national Christian Legal Society with a membership of approximately 10,000 legal professionals.  What was started by that small group of Chicago attorneys lives on locally as the Chicago Chapter of the Christian Legal Society.  Today, about 200 people participate in the Chicago chapter with about 45 attending our monthly meetings.  The chapter continues to be a fellowship of Christian lawyers, law students, and other friends of CLS seeking to serve each other and the Northern Illinois legal community in the name of Jesus.


Steven Denny (President)
Michael Wang (Vice President)
Kevin Todd (Secretary)
Dan Oldenkamp (Treasurer)
Brent Amato
Bryan Reed
Dan Oldenkamp
Mark Sargis
Sally Wagenmaker


The Chicago Chapter holds a monthly meeting on the first Wednesday of every month.  You need not be a member to attend these free fellowship meetings which are regularly attended by lawyers, law  students, judges, paralegals, and other friends of CLS.  The meetings are currently being held at 33 N. LaSalle St., Basement Vault, Chicago, IL. If you are interested in attending or have any questions about the chapter, please click here to subscribe to our newsletter or contact to connect. 


Speaker presentations (some of which are CLE) at our monthly meetings are recorded live.  You can watch the full recording after each presentation by clicking on the following link:


If you are a law student and have any questions, please feel free to contact the Chapter’s law school liaison Brent Amato at


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Date: February 2, 2020 

Speaker: Dr. Deb Gorton, PhD, LCP

Topic: Mental Health & Wellness: A Spiritual Discipline of Self-Stewardship

Location: Christian Legal Society, Chicago Metro Chapter

Date: August 7, 2019

Speaker: Rev. Alvin Bibbs

Topic: Gospel Justice Centers (Legal Aid)

Location: Christian Legal Society, Northern Illinois chapter

Date: July 10, 2019

Speaker: Clarke D. Forsythe

Topic: Doctrine of Precedent and the Future of Roe v Wade

Location: Christian Legal Society, Northern Illinois chapter

Date: 6/4/2019

Speaker: Tom Dillon

Topic: Understanding Himmel

Date: 5/1/2019

Speaker: Paul Detterman

Topic: Goodness & Society

Text: Micah: 6:6-8

Date: 3/6/2019

Speaker: Bob Muzikowski

Topic: Hope for the Marginalized (Hope Academy)

Date: 2/6/2019

Speaker: Maripat Abbott

Topic: Recessing with God (Silence & Prayer)

Date: 5/2/2018

Speaker: Morse Tan

Topic: Christian Response to North Korea

June Loop Group  Wednesday!

Wednesday, June 3, 2020
Virtual Meeting via Zoom
12pm - 1:15pm CDT

Mark your calendars! Please join us for our regularly scheduled Loop Group meeting on June 3 via Zoom. Jeffrey Fowler, partner at Chicago law firm Laner Muchin, Ltd. and longtime CLS member, will be speaking on "Being A Christian Litigator". Read more about him in his bio here.

We will send the Zoom meeting information closer to the date. Looking forward to seeing you soon!

National Christian Foundation Plan to Give Video Series

Tuesday, May 12, 2020
11:30am - 1:00pm CDT

Mark your calendars! Join National Christian Foundation for the first session of a free, three-part online series. This first session will discuss charitable overlays for advanced estate planning strategies. By integrating strategic philanthropic granting structures into traditional family wealth transfer planning, one can effectively convert tax dollars into funding dollars for one's charitable family legacies.

This session discusses ways to leverage charitable tools to enhance traditional advanced strategies such as Irrevocable Life Insurance Trusts, Family Limited Partnerships, and Installment Sales to Intentionally Defective Grantor Trusts.

The video series will be held via Zoom. CE/CLE credit will be available.

For more information and to register, see the event page here.

Morse Tan's CLS Presentation - Now Available

The May 2018 Loop Group presentation “The Christian’s Response to North Korea” by the newly confirmed Global Ambassador for Criminal Justice, Morse Tan, is now uploaded for all to enjoy. It is on the CLS National Chapter page and our local chapter Facebook Page.

Here is a link to the recorded presentation. 
We thank Morse for allowing us to upload this video. Please join us in praying for him as God calls him to Washington, D.C. to serve in this very important role. 

Chicago Job Posting - Performance Trust Capital Partners

Title: Staff Attorney (Part-Time)
Location: Chicago
Performance Trust Capital Partners is seeking a business-oriented, flexible Staff Attorney to join our Legal Department. This individual will be supporting our two corporate, in-house attorneys and report directly to the Associate Counsel. We are targeting candidates who enjoy working collaboratively across functions and departments to complete assigned duties. The role requires good judgment, a strong work ethic, the ability to excel in a fast-paced environment and great interpersonal skills.
The Job
The Staff Attorney will assist in the creation and editing of documents, handouts, presentations, and reports. Additionally they will review a variety of contracts including, non-disclosure and confidentiality agreements, third party and vendor contracts, and MSFTAs and related control agreements. The Staff Attorney will draft certain employment agreements, review policies, and work with outside counsel to handle employee immigration matters. He or she will possess strong interpersonal skills and have the ability to effectively collaborate with colleagues and third parties. The Staff Attorney is expected to identify and protect the Company’s interests in all matters.
The Skills
• J.D. from an accredited law school and admission to any state bar in the United States
• Experience working as an attorney in a corporate or law firm setting
• Strong legal research and analytical skills required
• Significant experience drafting, reviewing and negotiating general corporate and commercial agreements
• Ability to establish priorities, work independently, and proceed with objectives with minimal supervision
• Demonstrated ability to problem-solve and complete complex projects under pressure
• Strong team player in the truest sense of the phrase; someone who is solutions-oriented and collaborative
• Must be well-organized and possess strong planning skills, with extremely high attention to detail
• Sound business judgment with the ability to escalate legal issues when needed.
The Company
Headquartered in Chicago, Performance Trust Capital Partners is an institutional fixed income broker/dealer and investment advisory firm, specializing in highly analytical, performance driven strategies. Our core clients include community and middle-market banks, credit unions, and insurance companies. Our unique and customized approach to strategic advisory, mergers and acquisitions, and balance sheet solutions provides financial institutions the confidence to manage the full lifecycle of their institution, earn their independence, and expand strategic alternatives through enhanced financial performance and good regulatory standing.
Please send CVs to with “Staff Attorney” in the subject line.

For more job postings, check out the CLS Job Bank database or the CLS Welcome Table at our monthly Loop Group meetings.

CLS Local Chapter Board Election Results

Thank you to all who participated in the CLS Chicago Chapter board election! Please welcome the Board of Directors for 2020:

  • Brent Amato
  • Sorin Leahu
  • Steve Denny
  • Bryan Reed
  • Dan Oldenkamp
  • Mark Sargis
  • Kevin Todd
  • Sally R. Wagenmaker
  • Michael I. Wang

New to CLS? Contact Sally Wagenmaker at to learn more about the organization and its impact here in Chicagoland.