Catholic Lawyers Restoring The Culture

Welcome to The Catholic Bar Association

"There is no doubt that, for those among you who are called to live the Christian vocation of your Baptism, this is a privileged and dynamic field of world evangelization. For all, even those of you who are not Christian, there is a need in every case for the assistance of God, who is the source of all reason and justice.”

- Pope Francis to Lawyers, Vatican City October 23, 2014

Introducing a new Individual Membership Category

It recently came to our attention that those outside the legal profession, but still very much interested in the law from a Catholic perspective, are interested in joining the Catholic Bar Association and supporting its efforts. Some retired and inactive attorneys also expressed concern that they may no longer be eligible for Catholic Attorney membership since their licensing now prevents them from practicing law.

The Catholic Bar Association is pleased to announce the creation of a new Membership Category for such circumstances. The new General Membership class is open to any individual who is a practicing Catholic and supports the mission of the Association. This membership is suitable for retired Catholic Attorneys, spouses of Catholic Attorney members, and other Catholics who are interested in the efforts and programming of the CBA.  See the membership page HERE.

More attention to CLE

Attorneys are busy and most need Continuing Legal Education. We are pleased to report that, for the 2021 CBA Conference, we applied to and received CLE credit in 8 states: Florida, Illinois, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.

Documentation was also provided to attorneys to assist their reporting in 15 other states. 

Did you ever attend a CLE seminar and wish you could watch your favorite speakers again? 

Ever hear from friends or colleagues that a seminar you missed was excellent and regret not attending?  Well, now’s your chance to re-visit the CBA 2021 Conference or to see what you missed!

The best part is that if you’re a Member of the CBA, access to the video sessions is absolutely FREE!  To see the precise line-up of speakers and when the presentations occurred, check out our Catalog of Speaker Presentations.  

When you wish to view the presentations, simply log into the CBA’s Homepage, go to “Resources,” navigate to “Storefront,” and follow the prompts from there.

If you are not yet a Member of the CBA, now is a great time TO JOIN!

You can see first-hand:

  • Harvard law professor Adrian Vermeule deliver the annual Charles Rice Lecture, in which he advocated Common Good Constitutionalism;
  • John Czarnetzky, Dean of the Ave Maria School of Law, deliver the annual St. Thomas More Lecture, proposing a model for the American corporation that gives full expression to Catholic Social Theory;
  • The Most Reverend Felipe J. Estévez, Bishop of St. Augustine and a native of Cuba, deliver the annual St. John Fisher Lecture on the topic “Cuba – Is There a Future of Hope?”;
  • Past CBA President George Ahrend discuss current public accommodation and compelling state interest jurisprudence in light of the final settlement in the Ninth Circuit’s Arlene’s Flowers case;
  • Ole Miss professor Ron Rychlak trace the consistencies between Catholic Political Thought and the principles of the American Founding;
  • William Haun of Becket Law reiterate the vital importance of the freedoms of association and assembly;
  • Kate Anderson of Alliance Defending Freedom plead for the right of parents to lead and direct the education of their children;
  • Population Research Institute President Steven Mosher place current Chinese Communist Party domestic and international policy within the context of Chinese history, tradition, and philosophy; 
  • Author and litigator Chris Ferrara explore the limitations of Originalism in the context of COVID restrictions on freedom of worship; and
  • Noted litigator Andy Schlafly report on the fight for medical autonomy in the midst of the COVID pandemic; and
  • Oxford professor Ryan Meade remind Catholic lawyers of their calling as attorneys, their ability to promote the common good, and the necessity of pursuing the dictates of prudence, justice, fortitude, and temperance in their practice of the law.

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Our History, Vision and Purpose

The Catholic Bar Association (CBA) is a lay movement within the Church to build community, nationally and internationally, among Catholic members of the legal profession.  The underlying vision for this organization was an inspiration felt by many of the founding members.  Led by the Holy Spirit, members of different Catholic lawyers’ organizations, universities and dioceses from across the United States have formed the CBA.

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