CLS of Central Ohio



“And what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.” – Micah 6:8

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The Central Ohio Chapter is a fellowship of Christian lawyers, law students, and ministry friends in Columbus and surrounding areas who have a passion for serving Christ, the community, and each other. We strive to integrate our faith with our legal practice. Our chapter is affiliated with the national organization of the Christian Legal Society.

Our activities vary throughout the year and include:

  • Periodic luncheons with speakers who include judges, attorneys, and holders of political office.
  • A day long CLE focusing on issues of faith and practice every December. This CLE also provides professionalism credits.
  • Various informal gatherings for mutual encouragement and fellowship.
  • Actively supporting the mission of the CLS law student chapters at Capital University and The Ohio State University. 

For the most up-to-date calendar, please click on the EVENTS tab. Registration for events is available at:

If you are interested in attending or have any questions about the chapter, please contact to connect. We look forward to you joining with us in fellowship!


Julie Woolley (President)

Mike Renne (Vice President)

Rebecca C. Kells (Secretary)

Debra Dunkerley (Treasurer)

Nita Hanson

Ken Hobday

Ben Mounts

John Sullivan

Todd A. Fichtenberg

Julie Woolley

“Bear one another’s burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ.” - Galatians 6:2

Attorney Chapter

The Central Ohio Chapter encourages fellowship among Christian lawyers. Contact to join our email list and receive notice of upcoming gatherings. We would also be honored to be praying with you if you share your prayer requests. Feel free to share your prayer requests with

“Open your mouth for the mute, for the rights of all the unfortunate. Open your mouth, judge righteously, and defend the rights of the afflicted and needy.” - Proverbs 31:8-9

Legal Clinics

There are several clinics where Christian lawyers can provide pro bono legal assistance to those in need. The Vineyard Immigration Counseling Service hosted by the Columbus Vineyard Church is a CLS-affiliated Christian Legal Aid Clinic. If you are looking for other opportunities to serve at a faith-based or other legal clinic, please visit this website for locations and times:


Due to the current recommendations of "social distancing," our chapter meetings will be held "virtually" until further notice.  

Please join us on May 13th for a Zoom meeting from 12:00 - 1:00pm with speaker Kim Colby, CLS Director for the Center of Law & Religious Freedom.  To receive the Zoom invitation, please email

2020 Lunch Discussion Groups

We are pleased to announce the formation of discussion groups throughout central Ohio for the purpose of gathering Christian lawyers together to learn from each other, to share personal experiences and practical wisdom, and to provide encouragement.  These groups will meet simultaneously over the noon hour four Wednesdays in 2020.  Each meeting will have a different focus, but all meetings are open to discuss whatever is on the minds and hearts of those who attend.  Here are the dates and topics:

Printable listing:  2020 Lunch Discussion Groups flyer.pdf

January 22 (12-1pm) --- Walking in the Joy of the Lord; Finding Rest

Work and life bring multiple stresses, many demands, and many uncertainties. Workloads can be exhausting.  Billable hour requirements are often unrealistic and unreasonable for those who are honest.  Everyone faces the challenge of producing high quality work in an efficient manner.  Many struggle with finances.  Sometimes we might feel like “a sheep without a shepherd” even though we have the Good Shepherd.  What do you do to balance work/life responsibilities and find real rest and refreshment in Christ?  Is it possible to walk in the fruits of the Spirit (love, joy, peace, patience, etc.) as a Christian lawyer?  How?

April 22 (12-1pm) --- Ethical Challenges for the Christian Lawyer

Jesus was full of grace and truth (John 1:14), and His followers are to be truthful (Colossians 3:9).  Jesus warned against the “deceitfulness of wealth” (Matthew 13:22).  Christians are called to place Love of God before all other things (Mark 12:28-34).  Are there conflicts between the Rules of Professional Responsibility and the Rules of Christ?  How does the Christian lawyer deal with potential areas of dishonesty, including marketing techniques, negotiation tactics, advocacy requirements, and billable hour policies and practices.  When is it okay to say “no” to a representation for reasons of conscience?  What ethical challenges have you experienced in your practice or work place, and how did you resolve them? 

July 22 (12-1pm) --- Pursuing Peace

As Christians we are called to “seek peace and pursue it” (Psalm 34:14; see, also, Romans 14:19; 2 Timothy 2:22; Hebrews 12:14; I Peter 3:11).  Jesus said “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God” (Matthew 5:9).  How do we do that as Christian lawyers?  What experiences have you had in successfully (or unsuccessfully) pursuing peace in your practice or work place?  What are the keys to being a person of peace?

October 14 (12-1pm) --- Causing Others to Glorify God through our Work 

How is it possible to let your light so shine before men in such a manner that they see your good works and give glory to your Father (Matthew 5:16).   Share stories of when you have seen that happen, in your life or in others.  What are the keys to this?

Below is the list of facilitators and locations (and lunch options).  If you plan to attend, please contact the person in charge of that location and let them know:



Contact Info.


Downtown 1

Squire Patton Boggs LLP

2000 Huntington Center

41 South High Street

Columbus, OH 43215


Jeff Wahl

(614) 365-2802


Downtown II

Bricker & Eckler LLP

100 South Third Street

Columbus, OH 43215


Sue Yount

(614) 227-2336


Dublin (NW Cbus)

Starkey & Waid LLC

425 Metro Place N., Ste 460

Dublin, OH 43017


Phil Waid

(614) 761-1733

bring your own

Upper Arlington / Hilliard

Panera Bread

3625 Fishinger Blvd.

Hilliard, OH 43026


Drew Alatis

(614) 466-6696


Easton (NE Cbus)

The Patmon Law Firm LLC

4200 Regent St., Ste 200

Columbus, OH 43219


Bill Patmon

(614) 944-5786

bring your own


Cherry Valley Lodge

2299 Cherry Valley Rd SE

Newark, Ohio 43055


Scott Hayes

(740) 927-2927



The Coffee Hall & Creamery

124 North Main Street

Marysville, OH 43040


John Sullivan

(937) 515-0254