CLS Northern Illinois 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 Northern Illinois Chapter of the Christian Legal Society.  Today, about 200 people participate in the Northern Illinois 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.


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


The Northern Illinois 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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Steven A. Denny

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)