2013 CLS Northeast Retreat

Come join Christian attorneys, law students, and their families at the Frost Valley YMCA for a time of spiritual renewal, relaxation and fellowship at the Northeast Regional Retreat in Claryville, NY, February 1-3, 2013.

We'll offer a CLE session, seminars and workshops for lawyers and law students, and time for relaxation and fellowship!  As always, we'll eat as a group in the Frost Valley dining hall and we will have full access to all the activities on site. Below is our advance description of the retreat speaker, price and accomodations. The schedule details will be posted in December.

Our speaker and discussion leader this year will be Brent Amato. Brent is a family man, married to Sherrie since 1976 and father of two adult children. While he has practiced business/corporate law in the Chicagoland area since 1976 and currently serves as Vice President, General Counsel for Heritage-Crystal Clean, he has journeyed on a parallel ministry track for more than thirty-five years.  Brent has served through the local church, the national and local ministries of CLS, and Peacemaker Ministries. His specific ministries have included six years as Chairman of a Christian Elementary and Junior High School, ten years leading a college/career Bible study in his home, five years teaching Business Law as Adjunct Professor at Judson University, thirty-five years teaching in churches, in classes ranging from Junior High to Senior Adult, and preaching and authoring “Teaching Tips” for Standard Publishing.

For law students, there will be additional times of fellowship and sharing, a late-night campfire, weather and wood permitting, and several breakout workshops designed for students, though attorneys are encouraged to attend. As explained below, students are invited to attend at a deeply reduced rate.


Attorneys and Families

The registration fee for attorneys is $215. Spouses pay the reduced rate of $90. Children 16 and over are $79, ages 6-15 are $69, and under 6 are FREE.   These fees include all the programming and meals: 

Programming includes our meeting space, CLE, breakouts, and all activities at the YMCA, including snow-tubing, archery, broom-ball, cross-country skiing (and skis), floor hockey, and candle-making. Meals include snack Friday night after arrival; full breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday (coffee break snacks, too); and breakfast and lunch on Sunday. CLS childcare will be provided!

Lodging: Attorneys and families will be staying in the hotel-style Lakeview Lodge, a very nice facility located next door to our meetings space.  The rate for the lodge is $276 for the weekend (2 nights).  

This year we are limited to the 24 rooms in the Lodge (occupancy up to 4 per room), on a first-come, first-served basis (we will keep a waiting list).  The rooms include two full-size beds (perfect for splitting the cost with a roommate). 

Please note: If you are an attorney who has been practicing fewer than five years, you may opt to stay in the law student cabins (see below), rather than paying for a room in the Lakeview Lodge. 

In addition, we have limited scholarships available for those who would like to attend the retreat but cannot due to finances.  Please contact Joe Ruta at to request financial assistance.  


Law Students - (Please contact Dan Kim directly with any registration questions at

The law student fee for the entire weekend is only $65-- this covers meals, lodging, program, and transportation!  Student spouses are invited to register at this rate as well. This year, registration is limited to 50 students and spouses, on a first-come, first-served basis, so please register as soon as possible! 

Registration includes:

    • Lodging in 12-bed/2 BR/2 Bath cabins;
    • Meals (Friday night snack, Saturday breakfast, lunch, snack and dinner, and Sunday breakfast and lunch);
    • All activities (tubing, cross-country skiing, candle-making, observatory, and broomball),
    • Transportation: Free bus chartered from NYC (registration online required.)

Transportation & Directions

A bus will be provided from Manhattan, NY to Frost Valley. Any registrant may utilize this option but must request a seat by contacting Dan Kim as seating is limited. The bus is free for students and their spouses. For attorneys it will cost $40 per person. An email will be sent out to everyone who we have listed to be on the bus Monday, January 28, 2013, detailing such things as what to bring and what not to bring and what to expect. The bus will likely pick up students on 10th Avenue between 31st and 32nd Streets in Manhattan. The departure time from  Manhattan has yet to be determined, but will be sometime between 4 pm and 5:30 pm.

For those of you who plan on driving to the retreat please follow the directions laid out here. Once you arrive please check-in (5:30 pm - 8:30 pm) at the main administration building highlighted here.




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