Past Events

Quarterly Fellowship Luncheon:  We are having our quarterly fellowship luncheon on Friday, April 28 at noon at Bethlehem Baptist Church, 720-13th Ave S., Minneapolis, MN 55415  in Room 205. Please R.S.V.P. to Ted Landwehr at 763-781-7898 or by email at no later than 4 p.m. on Wednesday, April 26 if you are planning on attending and want a lunch for $10 (pay at the event). Everyone is invited including lawyers, law students and friends.

To all lawyers and law students:
You are invited to the CLS of Minnesota Annual meeting on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 from Noon to 1:30 P.M. This year we are trying a new location. We will be at the Little Venetian Restaurant located at 2900 Rice St # 240, Little Canada, MN 55113. We have a semi-private room and are planning on approximately 20 in attendance. Please email a reply if you are planning on attending so I can get an idea if we need more tables set up.  We will order lunch from the menu (on your own) and hear about what CLS of Minnesota has been doing over the past year as well as plans for the future. We will hear about Twin Cities Christian Legal Aid, the National CLS conference, North Star Law and Policy Center and Minnesota Family Council. We will elect your board of directors. If you or anyone you know would like to serve on the Board, let me know.
I hope to see you at the meeting on January 25!!

Paul Baertschi
President, CLS of Minnesota

CLS OF MINNESOTA will be having our annual meeting on Thursday, January 26, 2017 at 5 p.m. at the Green Mill Restaurant located on the north side of Rosedale Center, 145 Rosedale Mall, Roseville, MN.

All are invited. Dinner is on your own or just come and share an appetizer with us.

CLS of Minnesota is extending an invitation and request for you and any guest to attend the very first Twin Cities Christian Legal Aid fundraising banquet on November 3, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. at Pinstripes in Edina. We hope you will attend if at all possible. TCCLA is a companion organization to CLS of Minnesota and really needs our support at this time to be able to continue to serve the poor and homeless in the Twin Cities. We would appreciate an R.S.V.P. at the hyperlink below with the number of people in your party if you haven’t received and sent in a response to a mailed invitation.

Payments may be sent to the address below or you may pay at the door if we know you are coming. The location of Pinstripes is 3849 Gallagher Drive, Edina, MN. See the formal invite attached hereto. In addition to plenty of food, there will be a great speaker and great fellowship. For those interested, there is free bowling available after the meal. Send your payments to:

810 South 7th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55415

R.S.V.P. to:


CLS of Minnesota is having an informal dinner with Mike Schutt from CLS
National at the Green Mill Restaurant at the Rosedale Shopping Center,
Roseville, MN. on Wednesday, June 8, 2016 at
5 p.m. This is rescheduled from Tuesday, June 7.

Law students especially are encouraged to attend for a rare opportunity for
getting to know Mike up close and gain the benefit of his career of writing
and speaking about being a Christian lawyer. CLS of Minnesota can cover
dinner for law students, but everyone else is on your own.

All are welcome. R.S.V.P. to Paul Baertschi at

Here is some information about Mike from the CLS web site. But what isn’t on
any web site is that Mike is extremely funny and he remembers names really,
really well. You will enjoy meeting him and it will be unforgettable for
both you and him!

Director, Attorney & Law Student Ministries
Director, Institute of Christian Legal Studies
Editor, Journal of Christian Legal Thought

CLS SUMMER PICNIC- “Luau at Island Lake”

And don’t forget our picnic on June 17. Contact Kofi so she has a better
idea of how much food. This one is free for everybody.

Friday, June 17th 6:30 to 9:00

Island Lake Park
694 and Victoria St. in Shoreview

Come for BBQ, volleyball, a park, bike paths for kids, frisbee, games, and fun with Minnesota’s finest Christian lawyers and law students.

Thanks to Kofi and April King for setting this up!

R.S.V.P. to Kofi montzka at or fax at 651-484-9703, or
by mail to 3283 Victoria St. N., Shoreview, MN 55126

 Annual Fall Law Student/Lawyer Social – Mon, Oct. 26 at 6pm

Everyone is invited to the annual Fall Law Student/Lawyer Social on Monday evening, October 26, 2015 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Axel’s Bonfire Grill located at 850 Grand Avenue in St. Paul. Come, invite a friend and meet lawyers and law students who are seeking to live out their faith in the law, whether as a student or a practicing attorney. Let us know if you are planning on coming so we can order the right amount of hors d’ oeuvres. Drinks are on your own.  We hope to see you there!

CLS of Minnesota welcomes all to come to our next meeting, an informal breakfast social at the Byerly’s Creations Restaurant located at 5725 Duluth St, Golden Valley, MN 55422. Phone:(763) 544-8846

The room is reserved from 7:30 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. under CLS of Minnesota and my first name. The meeting will be in the “community room” at the back of the small restaurant/café. No outside food is allowed. They have breakfast sandwiches, eggs, etc. that you are free to order on your own. There is a Starbucks coffee shop within the restaurant as well. Ordering food is optional, and there is no cost to just attend. Use of the room is free.

Recent St. Thomas Law grad Tim LaCroix will lead us in a devotion, but there is no set program after that. This will be a time to connect with other lawyers and law students for some fellowship and encouragement.

I hope to see you there on Friday, June 19 at 7:30 a.m. There is no need to R.S.V.P. Stay as long as you like until 9:30.


On Friday, April 17, 2015 from Noon until 1:30 p.m. we will have our quarterly meeting at Bethlehem Baptist Church, 720 13th Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55415-1721.  More details to follow.

To all Lawyers, law students and friends:

We are pleased to announce that William Mitchell Law Students and CLS of Minnesota are co-sponsoring a social event for lawyers and law students on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at Axel’s Bonfire Grill located at 850 Grand Avenue in St. Paul from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Food and non-alcoholic drinks will be provided courtesy of the CLS Chapter at Mitchell and CLS of Minnesota.

This is a great opportunity for law students to meet with and interact with lawyers, as well as for lawyers to make and renew friendships to support and encourage one another.  Feel free to drop in for a few minutes or stay for the evening.

An R.S.V.P. to Jonathan Charles at William Mitchell would be appreciated to make sure we have the right amount of food.

Please respond by Monday, May 11 at: or by phone at 218-341-2999.

Let Jonathan know if you have any questions.

Annual Meeting
When: Wednesday, January 14, 2015,from 7:30 to 9:00am
Where: Courtyard Marriott at 1500 Washington Ave. South. Minneapolis, MN 55454.
Details: A buffet breakfast is included. We will be reviewing the past years activities, discussing future activities, thanking God for all he has done, and voting on the membership of the Board of Directors.
Cost: Cost is $15, and only $10 for law students.
R.S.V.P. By January 9, 2015 by contacting Paul Baertschi, or 612-337-5577.

Review of Supreme Court Religious Liberty Cases
The Christian Legal Societyof Minnesota is pleased to present a review of the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent cases on the First Amendment and religious liberty, and practical tips for lawyers dealing with religious liberty issues at the local level.  Professors Collett and Berg, from the University of St. Thomas Law School, bring many years of experience as lawyers, litigators, and professors on this important subject.  We look forward to seeing you there. CLE credit will be applied for.  Lunch is provided in the cost of attendance.  Please RSVP to David Best at

When: October 9, 2014 – 12:00 – 1:30pm
Where: Bethlehem Baptist Church, Rm. 111
720-13th Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55415
Cost: $10, Students are fee.

Lawyer-Student Social
When: Monday April 14, 2014. 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Where: Axel’s Bonfire on Grand in St. Paul, located at 850 Grand Ave. Saint Paul, MN 55105
Details: Come join us and spend time getting to know the attorneys and other members of the Minnesota chapter. CLS of Minnesota will provide the food for the evening and non-alcoholic drinks. This is always a fun event with lots of great fellowship. Law students and law professors from all four law schools are welcome to come and meet and network with lawyers from around the Twin Cities. We look forward to seeing you there!
Cost: Free!
R.S.V.P. to Anthony Bushnell at as soon as possible but no later than April 7 so we can order the right amount of delicious food!

Spring Luncheon
When: Friday, March 21, 2014 from 12 to 1:30 p.m.
Where: Bethlehem Baptist Church, 720 13th Avenue South, Minneapolis
Details: The Executive Director of the Christian Legal Society, David Nammo, will be attending and speaking to us at our next meeting. David will be joining us all the way from Springfield, Virginia, and is excited to meet as many people as possible.
Cost: $10, if purchasing lunch.
R.S.V.P. to Chapter President, Ted Landwehr at