2021 CLS National Conference - Christian Legal Aid Summit

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The early bird registration deadline is August 31, 2021. 


Christian Legal Aid Summit

Hyatt Regency San Antonio Riverwalk - San Antonio, TX

Thursday, October 28, 2021
8:00am - 5:00pm

CLS’ Christian Legal Aid (CLA) program engages and equips lawyers in providing justice for the poor with the love of Christ. The Christian Legal Aid Summit provides CLA staff and volunteers from around the country the opportunity to learn, support, and bless each other as they grow in their ability to serve those in need. Everyone is welcome, including CLA leaders, staff attorneys, volunteer attorneys, board members, non-attorneys who work with legal aid clinics, and anyone interested in exploring Christian Legal Aid.

Cost: $95


Keynote Talk
"Trauma to Treasure: Using our Time and Legal Talent to Heal Trauma"

What if we can use our legal skills to help heal the trauma of our clients? What if sharing the heart of Jesus includes seeing past their immediate problem to see what really needs to be healed? Deborah Hubbs, founder of Community Christian Legal Aid in Houston, will share her own story of childhood trauma, breaking the cycle of poverty, neglect, and abuse, and how she has used those experiences to assist her in serving her legal aid clients.

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Deborah Hubbs entered solo practice in 2020 after serving corporate clients for over a decade, including serving as the general counsel for the largest privately-held oil producer and other publicly traded energy companies. Realizing God cared more about justice than any affluence He might bestow, in 2018 Deborah founded Community Christian Legal Aid (CCLA), whose mission is to free our neighbors from legal burdens in Jesus’ name. CCLA serves the Greater Houston area. Deborah received her J.D. from the University of Oklahoma College of Law and her bachelor’s degree from Southern Nazarene University. Deborah has been married 30 years to her husband, Tracy. Together they have two sons, a daughter-in-law, and a new grandson named Theodore. Deborah considers her family to be her greatest earthly blessing.


Schedule for Christian Legal Aid Summit (subject to change)

8:00-8:30 am             Sign-in and Coffee

8:30-9:00 am             Welcome and Introduction

9:00-10:00 am           Keynote Address by Deborah Hubbs

10:10-11:00 am         Small Group Discussion and Prayer

11:15 am-12:15 pm   Workshop Session #1

  • "Developing the Empathy of Christ in Serving Others" - Ken Sande
  • "Fundraising Fundamentals that Inspire Generosity" - Karen Marchant

12:30-1:30 pm           Lunch

2:00-3:00 pm             Workshop Session #2

  • "Family Law Basics for CLA Attorneys" - Lori Young (CLE pending)
  • "The 4 R's of Volunteer Management" - Sandy Stefanski and Jamiee Hatcher

3:15-4:15 pm             Workshop Session #3

  • "Integrating Faith in Legal Aid Advice: Model Rule 2.1" - Jim Helfrich
    (CLE pending)

4:15-4:30 pm             Closing Remarks

5:00-6:30 pm             Dinner (optional, off-site)


If you are interested in attending the CLA Summit and require grant funds for travel and lodging, please email cla@clsnet.org regarding availability.