Providing opportunities for reflection and union with God has been a crucial part of the Guild’s life, accomplished through retreats, days of recollection, and the Red Mass.

God has been a crucial part of the Guild’s life, accomplished through retreats, days of recollection, and the Red Mass.


Some notable services provided by the Guild have been pro bono service to immigrants at the request of Cardinal Samuel Stritch in the 1960s and Cardinal Joseph Bernardin in 1970s , the hearings on sexual abuse conducted at the request of Cardinal Francis George in 2002, and our recent adoption of the Catholic Charities Legal Clinic as a service opportunity for our members.


Annually we organize the Red Mass at Holy Name Cathedral, the Mass that has opened the Fall Term for courts since 1245 A.D. asking the Holy Spirit’s help for lawyers and judges. In tandem with the Red Mass, we celebrate with a reception with lawyers who have incarnated Christ in the world through their work.

Guild Event of the Month

Collision Course: The Confrontation Clause and Cyber Courtrooms in the Age of COVID-19 |A Guild CLE program

Wednesday, July 29, 2020 | 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Hon. Jessie Reyes

Zoom Meeting
Meeting URL will be sent one day prior to event.

Hon. Jessie Reyes
, Illinois Appellate Court, First District, Fourth Division

Kevin Murphy, CLG President

The Coronavirus pandemic has affected the way that we all interact with one another.  Social distancing is the new norm. Greetings by way of handshakes or hugs is a thing of the past. Wearing a mask out in public is expected. Our institutions have also been affected, as many of our campuses and churches still remain closed. As a result of this crisis, even our nation’s halls of justice are devoid of people. Trials in many states have been cancelled or continued until further notice.

Some jurisdictions are seeking to implement non-traditional means of providing justice. Instead of appearing in courtrooms, litigants will be now be appearing on video conference screens.  In this new normal, can trials be constitutionally conducted over remote video conferencing platforms where the participants will not be face-to-face? Will an accused’s sixth amendment right to confront their accuser be violated if the accuser’s testimony is presented via video conference instead of in person? 

The Honorable Justice Jesse G. Reyes, Justice of the First District Illinois Appellate Court and member of the Catholic Lawyers Guild Board of Governors, will present on this topic on July 29. 

The program is pending one hour of meeting credit with the Illinois MCLE Board and Professionalism Commission.

This hour-long program is open to all lawyers and judges. 
Cost to attend is $10.00.

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