CLS of Central Ohio



“And what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.” – Micah 6:8

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The Central Ohio Chapter is a fellowship of Christian lawyers, law students, and ministry friends in Columbus and surrounding areas who have a passion for serving Christ, the community, and each other. We strive to integrate our faith with our legal practice. Our chapter is affiliated with the national organization of the Christian Legal Society.

Our activities vary throughout the year and include:

  • Periodic luncheons with speakers who include judges, attorneys, and holders of political office.
  • A day long CLE focusing on issues of faith and practice every December. This CLE also provides professionalism credits.
  • Various informal gatherings for mutual encouragement and fellowship.
  • Actively supporting the mission of the CLS law student chapters at Capital University and The Ohio State University. 

For the most up-to-date calendar, please click on the EVENTS tab. Registration for events is available at:

If you are interested in attending or have any questions about the chapter, please contact to connect. We look forward to you joining with us in fellowship!


Todd A. Fichtenberg (President)

Rebecca C. Kells (Vice President)

Nita Hanson (Secretary)

John Sullivan (Treasurer)

Emily Cunningham

Brian Johnson

Ben Mounts

Judge Jaiza Page

Samuel Peppers III

Peter Starkey

Todd Fichtenberg

“Bear one another’s burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ.” - Galatians 6:2

Attorney Chapter

The Central Ohio Chapter encourages fellowship among Christian lawyers. Contact to join our email list and receive notice of upcoming gatherings. We would also be honored to be praying with you if you share your prayer requests. Feel free to share your prayer requests with

“Open your mouth for the mute, for the rights of all the unfortunate. Open your mouth, judge righteously, and defend the rights of the afflicted and needy.” - Proverbs 31:8-9

Legal Clinics

There are several clinics where Christian lawyers can provide pro bono legal assistance to those in need. The Vineyard Immigration Counseling Service hosted by the Columbus Vineyard Church is a CLS-affiliated Christian Legal Aid Clinic. If you are looking for other opportunities to serve at a faith-based or other legal clinic, please visit this website for locations and times:

If you have been wanting to utilize your God-given skills as a Christian attorney to help the needy, be sure to come to the informational meeting in two weeks! Ken Liu from Christian Legal Society will present about Christian legal aid on October 20, 2022 at 6:00 P.M. at the Dream Center in Delaware, Ohio (77 London Road). We are working on starting a monthly brief advice clinic to start at that location in 2023. You are not committing to anything other than learning more about Christian legal aid. 

Here are some common questions that will be addressed: 
*Why Christian legal aid? 
*What if I don't know about certain areas of law? 
*What about malpractice insurance? 
*How often will the clinic run? 

If you are able to come, we will be providing dinner, so please send an email to to make sure we have enough food! 


We are very excited to announce that registration is now open for the Annual CLE on December 2, 2022! The cost of the event is $150. You can register here

This event is offered as both an in-person and virtual event. Currently, the physical location is National Church Residences Corporate Offices 2335 N. Bank Drive, Columbus, OH 43220. (Subject to change if the number of registrants exceeds space capacity.)

CLE Approval of this course is pending from the Supreme Court of Ohio Commission on Continuing Legal Education for 6.5 total CLE hours (5.5 general, 1.0 Professional Conduct). 

Please email any questions to info@clscentralohio.organd feel free to forward this email to your friends!