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.
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.
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Volunteer of the Month
James J. Convery
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.
Contact the Guild
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P.O. Box 10475
Chicago, Illinois 60610-0475
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