The Catholic Lawyers Guild of Chicago
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.
Welcome from our 2023-2024 CLG President!
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From Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
Known for his signature bow tie and infectious positive energy, Judge Thomas More Donnelly draws inspiration and guidance from his patron saint, mentors and religious beliefs as he strives to bring personality and joy into an often solemn role.
By Grace Barbic
December 14, 2023
From the Chicago Tribune
Mayor Brandon Johnson this week announced that Jianan Shi will serve as the board’s next president, alongside new members Mariela Estrada, Mary Fahey Hughes, Rudy Lozano, Michelle Morales and Tanya D. Woods.
July 6, 2023
Congratulations to Tanya D. Woods, member of the Guild’s Board of Governors, on her appointment to the Chicago Board of Education. We wish Tanya great success in this important role of helping to ensure that CPS provides the highest quality education to its students.
Illinois Is The 1st State To Tell Police They Can’t Lie To Minors In Interrogations
Senate Bill 64 makes anything said or done during restorative justice practices privileged information. (Restorative justice involves meetings among offenders, victims and others in the community with the goal of identifying and repairing the harm and moving forward.)
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.