Northern Illinois Chapter




In 1961, three Chicago lawyers (Paul Barnhard, Henry L. Brinks, and Gerrit P. Groen) had a vision to establish a national association for Christian lawyers and began to invite other Christian attorneys in the Chicago-land area to meet together for fellowship and vocational edification.   Their vision was realized as their small group eventually grew to become the national Christian Legal Society with a membership of approximately 10,000 legal professionals.  What was started by that small group of Chicago attorneys lives on locally as the Northern Illinois Chapter of the Christian Legal Society.  Today, about 200 people participate in the Northern Illinois chapter with about 45 attending our monthly meetings.  The chapter is continues to be a fellowship of Christian lawyers, law students, and other friends of CLS seeking to serve each other and the Northern Illinois legal community in the name of Jesus.


Steve Denny (President)
Michael Wang (Vice President)
Sally Wagenmaker (Secretary)
Whitman H. Brisky (Treasurer)
Steve Hsu
Brent Amato
Jocelyn Floyd
Theresa K. Buskey
Michael I. Wang
Mark Sargis
Sylvia Chen
Kevin Todd 



The Northern Illinois Chapter holds a monthly meeting on the first Wednesday of every month.  You need not be a member to attend these free fellowship meetings which are regularly attended by lawyers, law  students, judges, paralegals, and other friends of CLS.  The meetings are currently being held at 33 N. LaSalle St., Suite 400, Chicago, IL.  If you are interested in attending or have any questions about the chapter, please contact Sally Wagenmaker ( or anyone else on the local chapter board. 


If you are a law student and have any questions, please feel free to contact the Chapter’s law school liaison Brent Amato at


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