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 Kells (Vice President and Secretary)

John Sullivan (Treasurer)

Emily Cunningham

Nita Hanson

Ben Mounts

Jaiza Page

Samuel Peppers III

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:

Join us for our next breakfast at Northstar Cafe Sunny Street Cafe in Westerville (109 S. State Street) on Friday, August 12, 2022 at 9:00 AM. We're trying a different time and location! Please email us at and let us know if you are coming so that we can have adequate seating. Please note this will be a No Host (each individual pays for their own meal) event. 






July 23, 2022 - Summer Picnic


Last year's picnic was so much fun, we want to do it again! We will let you know the time and location of the event as we get closer. If your summer schedule allows you to attend, we would love to see you and a friend or two! 



Board Openings


Our Board of Directors is currently comprised of 11 individuals. We anticipate having 1-2 new slots to fill beginning this summer.  Our board is always looking for individuals to serve on board committees and as directors. Please reach out to if you are interested in serving.




Job Opportunities


National Church Residences is hiring full time Senior Counsel. Please follow this link for the job description and to apply if you are interested.