The Catholic Lawyers Guild of Chicago

Est. 1934

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 has undertaken an initiative to highlight the long-standing Catholic teaching supporting the rights of workers. A committee of CLG members has put together this forum to educate and enlighten attorneys–and the larger community–about the meaning of Catholic social justice teaching and its’ continuing relevance for workplace justice and labor advocacy.

The Forum will take place on June 11, 2024 from 11:45 until 2:15 pm. It will be held at the Carpenters Council Hall located at 12 East Erie Street in Chicago. Lunch will be provided.

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From Catholic National Reporter

‘Less than a person’: Formerly incarcerated people say system needs healing

Catholic Criminal Justice Reform Network, a project of the Lumen Christi Institute hosted a dialogue event on February 21: Reconciling Justice: A Community Conversation on Criminal Justice Reform. It was one of a series of such conversations across the country aimed at fostering a “culture of encounter,” as Pope Francis terms it, among those responsible for the criminal justice system and those impacted by it.

Participants shared stories to illustrate the system’s failure to acknowledge the humanity of crime victims, perpetrators, those who are or have been incarcerated, and their families.

By Heidi Schlumpf

February 28, 2024

From Chicago Daily Law Bulletin

Judge Thomas More Donnelly works to bring joy to courtroom one bow tie at a time

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

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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.