Welcome to Penn Law CLS

Penn Law’s CLS Chapter is a non-denominational Christian organization. To integrate our Christian faith into our current studies and future endeavors as legal professionals, CLS is committed to providing law students with a means of society, fellowship, encouragement, and discipleship and a forum for discussion of problems and opportunities relating to Christianity and the law.

For more information, please contact Rob Day (robert_day@law.upenn.edu), Katie Geleris (kgeleris@law.upenn.edu), or Nickolas Bogdanovich (nbog@law.upenn.edu).
Who I Follow

Congratulations to our 2013-2014 CLS Board: Nick Bogdanovich, Rob Day and Katie Geleris!

Please join CLS in welcoming T. Stephen Jenkins ‘11 back to campus to speak for our final mentor lunch of the year. Stephen is currently an associate at Pepper Hamilton in Philadelphia. The lunch will be held in T-320 at noon on Tuesday, April 2. We hope to see you there! 

ALARM (African Leadership and Reconciliation Ministries) was started after the genocide in Rwanda when more than 800,000 people were killed in 100 days. The genocide demonstrated the desperate need for African leaders who are willing and able to put the needs of their people first and who will work to resolve long-standing, deep-seated tribal conflict.  ALARM stepped into this gap in 1994 to train leaders, reconcile relationships, and transform communities in Burundi, Congo, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda. 

Human rights abuses in the places ALARM works are rampant. Widows are forced off of their property by greedy in-laws and face starvation because they do not know what their rights are or they cannot afford the necessary legal fees to fight back. People are thrown in prison for minor debts or for no reason at all, and if no one helps them, they may remain in grossly overcrowded and unsanitary conditions for the rest of their lives without having the opportunity to argue their cases before a judge. Religious and ethnic minorities in Sudan face harassment, discrimination, and arbitrary arrest by the governing authorities because of what they choose to believe or the tribe they were born into.

ALARM started equipping African lawyers and judges to respond to these injustices in 2007. Come hear Leah Boyd (Director of Legal Affairs and Sudan Strategy) as she shares about ALARM’s justice work and how African attorneys are starting to work for justice and to help the vulnerable in their communities. Also learn about an ambitious project to equip Sudanese lawyers, pastors, and community leaders who are risking harassment, imprisonment, or worse to make Sudan safer by advocating for religious freedom for people of all religious faiths.

Since this is Penn’s “Year of Proof,” on Thursday, March 14 at 7 PM in G-6 Auditorium in Huntsman Hall (Wharton), a distinguished faculty panel will reflect on Dr. Dawkins’ Philomathean Society Annual Oration (March 12th) and then welcome questions from the floor. This promises to be a gracious and civil public forum, open to all––Penn students, professors, and staff. Whether you are a skeptic, a person of faith, or just curious, you’ll find some space where honest questions will be welcomed and addressed. 

The panel includes: 

Prof. Peter Dodson, Paleontology (School of Veterinary Medicine) 
Dr. Jim Kirkpatrick, Cardiac Ultrasound & Cardiovascular Ethics (Perelman School of Medicine) 
Prof. David Skeel, Corporate Law (Penn Law) 
Dr. Ray Townsend, Physiology, Renal Hypertension Division (Perelman School of Medicine) 

Panel forum sponsored by: the Penn Faculty-Staff Christian Forum, along with Penn Cru, Penn IV, Penn Newman Center, Wharton Christian Fellowship, Christian Legal Society at Penn Law, Christian Veterinary Fellowship, Penn Med Christian Fellowship, the Office of the Chaplain

Please mark your calendars for a mentor luncheon with Professor Stephanos Bibas!  Reprising last year’s visit, Professor Bibas will talk about his journey in faith and career. If you came last year, feel free to come again.

The event will take place on Wednesday, February 13 at noon. Hope to see you all there!

The following is the rest of our Bible Study schedule for the month of January as we continue to study the book of 1 John. All Bible Studies will be held in SG-53 at noon

All are welcome. We hope to see you there! 

January 22: Joel, 1 John 2

January 29: Lydia, 1 John 3