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The Catholic Lawyers Guild is a Chicago-based bar association that is organized to promote the social, intellectual, temporal and spiritual welfare of its members. The Catholic Lawyers Guild of Chicago would like to cordially invite all lawyers and judges, and law professionals to join this vibrant, growing organization. The close-knit group offers friendship, collegiality, spirituality and a further commitment to one’s profession.

Volunteer & Service

Volunteer Opportunity of the Month

Catholic Charities Legal Assistance (CCLA) is a wonderful place for attorneys to make a difference in the lives of the indigent. The majority of our volunteer opportunities are designed for licensed attorneys. However, there are some opportunities for law students, paralegals and others simply interested in assisting.

The following are CCLA’S volunteer opportunities click on each opportunity for more information:

– Pro Bono Network
– Telephone Legal Advice Line
– Educational Seminars
– Legal Advice Desks
– Be a Mentor
– Conduct Legal Research
– Opportunities for Non-Lawyers

For more information on how to get involved, visit Catholic Charities Volunteer Opportunites

Restorative Justice Program with 6th, 7th and 8th grade students. Eight (8) weeks volunteering in local schools with Judge Thomas Hogan.For more information please contact Judge Hogan at 773-710-1041 or email him at tlh@hmbr.com

Chicago-area non-profit with ties to several faith communities helping homeless/needy with a voucher program, looking for volunteers to help with publicity, especially social media

For information visit www.chicago-shares.org or contact Ron Polaniecki at chicagoshares@gmail.com, or 312-573-4494.

Volunteer of the Month

James J. Convery

Managing Partner Laner Muchin, Ltd.

James J. Convery has served The Catholic Lawyers Guild of Chicago (CLG) for nearly two decades. His first encounter with CLG was when the late Justice Mary Ann McMorrow and Justice Anne M. Burke approached Convery with the initiative to broaden the appeal of the Red Mass to engage more lawyers and judges into the historic, annual event.

From then on, Convery has been a member for 19 years of CLG’s Board of Governors, which during that time, he has Chaired or Co-Chaired the Red Mass Committee, and served as President of CLG from 2010 to 2013.

“It has been great to see the progress and expansion of the Guild over those years. I feel great to have been part of the revitalization of this longstanding organization of the bench, bar, and faith. I especially feel proud of the Guild for its expansiveness in recognizing and enhancing the role of women in the organization,” says James J. Convery.

In his current work, Convery is the managing partner of Laner Muchin, Ltd., Chair of the firm’s Litigation Department, and member of the firm’s Executive Committee. In addition to his administrative duties in managing the firm, he regularly litigates employment matters in state and federal court.

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The Guild can be reached by mail

P.O. Box 10475
Chicago, Illinois 60610-0475

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