Are you looking to connect with faith-filled students at Cooley Law School?

Join the Christian Legal Society!

Mission Statement:

Christian Legal Society’s mission is to maintain a vibrant Christian Law Fellowship on the school’s campus, which enables its members, individually, and as a group, to love the Lord with their whole beings – hearts, souls, and minds – and to love their neighbors as themselves. (Matthew 22:37-40).

CLS has collaborated with several organizations in hosting guest speakers. They include FAWL, SBA, HOLA, ACS, BLSA, and HSTNG. During the pandemic, all events were virtual. During mental health awareness month, a fellow student and guest speaker, Leah Ortiz, led a discussion about self-care and managing stress and emotions.

Additionally, Dje Anthonee & Company recorded a live performance for CLS, which CLS streamed during the Thanksgiving holiday. On Thanksgiving morning, Cooley alum, Ray Petty Jr., Esq., led the group in prayer for an event in which attendees connected with one another through a time of reflection and gratitude. CLS also hosted an outdoor movie night on campus earlier this term.

The CLS Executive Board includes the following students: Sharron Woodbury, Chapter President; Brittany Holloway, Vice-President; Jennifer Tellado, Treasurer; and Olivia Schlum-Hughes, Community Liaison. The Chapter Advisor is Professor Tolan.

How to Join CLS

CLS wants to encourage students to please contact any members of the Executive Board for more information about the organization. Students can email cls-tb@cooley.edu, or attend any general body meetings and events to learn more. Membership dues are $20 for three terms.

Why You Should Become a Member!

CLS is non-denominational, and everyone is welcome. As fellow law students, CLS understands the stress in balancing law school and life. The organization hopes to foster a safe space where individuals can go to both give and receive encouragement. CLS wants individuals to know that they are not alone, and the group is praying for them.

Being a part of CLS means that you can actively gain spiritual encouragement while forging meaningful relationships with other students. You can also partake in several community service projects, leadership roles, and other programming events.

Upcoming Easter Basket Event!

Please join CLS, Florida Association for Women Lawyers (FAWL), Black Law Students Association (BLSA), and Help Save the Next Girl (HSTNG) for a community service project on Friday, March 25th at 12:00 p.m. in Room 259 on campus.

The student organizations have partnered with Created, a non-profit organization, to support human trafficking survivors during this Easter season. Students plan to fill Easter eggs and baskets with candy and trinkets, which will be donated to Created.

This event is a great opportunity for you to learn more about CLS and to help our Tampa Bay community during Easter.

By: Jessica Sivillo