Christian Legal Society (CLS) Attorney Chapters offers legal professionals a safe haven from the daily challenge of being an attorney. Member attorneys are encouraged through fellowship, and have the opportunity to pray publically with other colleagues in monthly prayer meetings, sponsor Bible studies to learn about Jesus Christ, build practical skills in the practice of law, learn about best practices through engaging speakers, obtain CLE credit for attending programs – all with the purpose of providing chapter members tangible ways to grow their practices and at the same time give back to their communities.
A chapter is a wonderful way in which to join with others who share the same faith in Christ and with those who face similar challenges and opportunities in the field of law and their lives. Hopefully, your time meeting together will encourage the following:
"Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more, as you see the day drawing near." Hebrews 10:23
The calling to form a CLS attorney chapter is a major step in the life of a Christian. It is one that involves much prayer and careful thought and consideration. The first step is to gather two or three other attorneys who share the same vision to begin a local chapter. Once this initial group has meet prayerfully and consistently for some months, they are then prepared to work together in the direction that they are being led to form a local chapter.
RESOURCES FOR CHAPTER LEADERS
We at Christian Legal Society are encouraged by your interest in starting a local CLS chapter, and we hope that you have been gathering and praying about starting a chapter with other Christian lawyers before taking this next step. The documents you need to officially become a CLS chapter can all be found on this page.
The first official step is to read the CLS Attorney Chapter Manual. After that, you will need to download, print and sign the Chapter Bylaws and an Affiliation Agreement before sending them to our CLS National office. Finally, all CLS chapters are required to file and submit an annual report to the CLS national office by February 28 every year. Please keep CLS up to date on all important changes such as officers and contact information (See example below.)
(Note: Chapters interested in falling under the CLS group exemption and opening their own bank account should file for an EIN number. All chapters that fall under the group exemption must file a 990N-ePostcard by May 15 each year with the IRS. See the links at the bottom of this page for further information).
ATTORNEY CHAPTER MANUAL APPENDIX FORMS
- CLS Chapter Bylaws
- CLS Chapter Affiliation Agreement
- Articles of Incorporation Insert
- Sample Membership Letters
- Sample CLE Program Forms (states will vary)
- Sample LSM Forms
- Sample Publicity Materials
ATTORNEY CHAPTER FORMS
- Sample Annual Report (Report Due Feb 28/29 each year)
- Dues Sharing Direct Deposit Form
- Web Content Editor Authorization Request
MENTORSHIP MATERIALS FOR ATTORNEY AND LAW STUDENT CHAPTERS
Here are the forms for a CLS Attorney Chapter to hold a mentoring event with young lawyers and law students
- Chapter Member Search: Attorney Ministries - Chapter Member Search
- Step by step instructions for obtaining an EIN from the IRS: Instructions for obtaining a Federal EIN
- Site for obtaining an IRS EIN (needed for chapter affiliation): https://sa1.www4.irs.gov/modiein/individual/index.jsp
- Site for filing IRS 990-N (e-Postcard) by May 15th each year: http://epostcard.form990.org/
CLS PODIUM BANNERS & TABLE COVERS
NorthStar flags offers podium banners and table covers with the CLS logo. Here is a sample of the available CLS options through NorthStar flags.