Lewis, Roca, Rothberger, LLP Denver, CO
Tuesday, Feb. 25 6:30 p.m.
Held on February 25, 2014.
“Agents of Reconciliation: Exploring A Redemptive Vision for Law”
In the Summer of 2013, a group of leading legal scholars published the landmark statement, “Evangelicals and Catholics Together on Law: The Lord of Heaven and Earth.” The statement combines the best of evangelical and catholic theological thinking about law, justice, and social & political authority in light of biblical revelation. Yet what does the statement mean for lawyers in their day-to-day practices? What is good about the law that lawyers should uphold, and what is broken that needs healing? And what kind of counter-cultural legal policies or practices might be called for?
Michael Schutt, author of Redeeming Law: Christian Calling and the Legal Profession (IVP Academic, 2007) and Director of the Institute for Christian Legal Studies at Regent University, discussed the “The Lord of Heaven and Earth” its practical implications for a wide range of legal practices today. Time for small group discussion immediately following his presentation, and then a panel discussion on “Renewed Practices for the Christian Lawyer,” and a special presentation on “Access to Justice.”
“Renewed Practices for the Christian Lawyer”
What kinds of counter-cultural practices are called for from Christian lawyers? This panel discussion explored the practical action steps that can be taken by both catholic and evangelical lawyers committed to serving God through their vocations.
“Access to Justice”
A special presentation from Steve Thompson, Executive Director of the Justice and Mercy Legal Aid Clinic (JAMLAC), on the topic of access to legal representation and the legal system in a just society.
Mike Schutt is the director of the Christian Legal Society’s Law Student Ministries and the Institute for Christian Legal Studies, a cooperative ministry of CLS and Regent University School of Law. He is the author of Redeeming Law: Christian Calling and the Legal Profession (InterVarsity Press 2007) and is an associate professor at Regent University School of Law. He also serves InterVarsity Christian Fellowship as national coordinator of its law school ministry. He is an honors graduate of the University of Texas School of Law and practiced law in Fort Worth before joining the Regent Law School faculty. He travels from his home in Texas, working with law students and lawyers around the country, encouraging them in vocational stewardship and faithful law practice. He is married, and he and his wife have three children.
Professor Dayna Matthew serves as a Professor of Law the University of Virginia School of Law, where she teaches constitutional law, civil procedure, evidence, and a variety of health law classes. Professor Matthew's book, Just Medicine: A Cure for Racial Inequality in American Health Care was published by NYU Press in 2015.
Dave Strunk is a Church Planting Resident at Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church in Maryville, Tennessee. Before leaving Denver, he was Pastor of Congregational Life and Worship Arts at Cherry Creek Presbyterian Church. Strunk oversees ministries for men and women, young adults, and adult spiritual formation/education. He is a graduate of Denver Seminary and the University of Tennessee.
Eric Hall is a partner at Lewis Roca Rothgerber, where he represents schools and religious institutions. Hall has been named a "Lawyer of the Year" in the 2014 edition of Best Lawyers in America in the area of Denver First Amendment Law and was appointed by Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper to the Colorado Supreme Court Nominating Commission in 2012. Before practicing law, he was as a teacher at Trinity School at River Ridge, where he was named "Teacher of the Year" for 1996-1997.
Judge Michael Hegarty has served on the the United States District Court for the District of Colorado since 2006. Before his current appointment, Judge Hegarty served for fourteen years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney (AUSA) with the Civil Division of U.S. Attorney’s Office in Denver, including six months as Deputy Chief and over three years as Chief of the Civil Division.
Hugh Jones is the Executive Director of Charity Counsel, which he founded in 2012. Hugh advises tax exempt organizations of all sizes, including some of the nation's largest churches, publishers and development organizations. Prior to forming Charity Counsel, he spent four years working in the nonprofit organizations practice group at Holme, Roberts & Owen (and later Bryan Cave) in Colorado Springs.
Steve Thompson is the Executive Director of Denver's Justice and Mercy Legal Aid Clinic (JAMLAC).