Christian Legal Society (CLS) is a faith community.  Our goal is to help students maintain and grow their faith while balancing their pursuit of practicing law.

We believe in serving our community, both in law school and in the city of Madison.

Our activities include:

  • Weekly Bible study and prayer meetings
  • Student mentorship
  • Once a month Bible study at the home of a CLS member
  • Service projects and activities


New CLS Senior Board!

Congratulations to the 2012-2013 Senior Board!

Chair & Bible Study Leader: Grant Gardner, Class of 2013

Technology Chair & Social Outreach/Event Planning: Nicki Bohen, Class of 2013

Treasurer: Luis Valdez, Class of 2013


Thank you to Cana Laska, Nicole Wells, Ray LaBarge, and Randy Melchert for your work on the Senior Board!

Last CLS Bible Study for the semester!

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This Thursday is the Semester’s last CLS Bible Study.

At this meeting, Senior Officers/Board Members will be selected.
Please come, even if you do not have an interest in serving on the board, to provide feedback and thoughts about planning for next year.

Please feel free to send comments, questions, and prayer requests.The CLS email address will be checked throughout the summer.

Once the fall meeting day/time has been selected, the website will be updated and an announcement will be made sent via our listserve.

If you would like to be added to our listserve, or have a comment, question, or prayer request,  please contact us at uwlawcls@gmail.com

Men’s Prayer Group

Every Tuesday, Will Ackell hosts a CLS men’s prayer group.

It’s a great out opportunity to hang out and prayer together.

Time: 7:30PM  (The meeting lasts about 1 hour)

For meeting location, please contact us at uwlawcls@gmail.com

Fall Bible Study update

Due to final exams approaching, and the availability of study rooms, the weekly Bible studies have concluded for the fall semester. The Bible study will begin in January, with the start of the spring semester.

Look for an email in early January announcing the times and room for next semester’s Bible study.
Thank you for attending this semester!

Although Bible Study’s are finished for the fall semester, if you have any questions about upcoming events, Bible Studies, or prayer requests, feel free to email us at uwlawcls@gmail.com CLS Senior Board Members will be checking the email throughout Christmas break.

Christmas Concert!

Christmas Spectacular!

Each year, CLS members gather to celebrate the Christmas holiday with a trip to the amazing concert at the Overture Center for the Arts.

This year, CLS will be attending on December 2, 2011.

For more information, such as ticket costs, please email us at uwlawcls@gmail.com


September 29th: CLS Guest Speaker

CLS Guest Speaker: Attorney Taqwanya Smith


CLS is happy to welcome back CLS Alumni Taqwanya Smith (Class of 1999). Attorney Smith will be discussing her career, and growing in maintaining faith while in law school and throughout your legal career.

Attorney Smith is a Senior Policy Analyst for the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.  She works to ensure that the Department meets federal civil rights requirements in highway projects, public facilities and public services.

Prior to her career with the Department of Transportation, she worked for the State Public Defender’s Office, as well as a non-profit called Community Adolescent Programs.  Additionally, she has worked with such commissions as the Commission on Reducing Racial Disparities in the Wisconsin Criminal Justice System, Traffic Stop Data Collection Advisory Committee (Racial Profiling), and the Council on Offender Reentry.

For more information, please email us at uwlawcls@gmail.com

CLS Book Drive!

Calling all book owners!

Christian Legal Society is holding a book drive for the women’s minimum security prison in Waupun. Books needed include:

Fiction and Nonfiction
Religious and Nonreligious
Mystery and true life

Please exclude textbooks, books in poor shape, and blatantly inappropriate subject matter.

CLS will have a table in the atrium to collect books on the following dates and times:

Wednesday- 9/7 from 1:00-2:00
Thursday- 9/8 from 12:00-2:00
Thursday- 9/15 from 12:00-2:00
Tuesday- 9/20 from 11:00-12:00

If you would like to donate but can’t during these times, please contact us.

Hebrews 13:3a (NLT) Remember those in prison, as if you were there yourself.


A .pdf of the flyer is available here.