Christian Legal Society / CLS

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Christian Legal Society ("CLS") is a national network of attorneys, judges, law students, professors, and lay people, with local chapters of attorneys and law students located in almost every state. CLS helps lawyers to integrate their faith in Christ with their professional responsibilities and reaches and teaches law students across the country to obey Jesus' age-old command "to do justice with the love of God." (Luke 11:42). CLS sponsors local and national conferences for attorneys and law students. It also has established the Center for Law and Religious Freedom to protect and promote the inalienable and constitutional rights of free exercise of religion and sanctity of human life. It provides consultant services, researches current issues, publishes a quarterly journal, and provides strategic litigation support at appellant and trial court levels.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Christian Legal Society
8001 Braddock Avenue
Suite 302
Springfield, VA 22151


Phone: (703) 642-1070


Organization details

EIN: 366101090

CEO/President: David Nammo

Chairman: Sally Wagenmaker

Board size: 20

Founder: Paul Barnard and Henry Luke Brinks

Ruling year: 1991

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1982


Christian Legal Society (CLS), founded in 1961, seeks to fulfill God's command found in Micah 6:8 by bringing glory to God by inspiring, encouraging, and equipping Christian attorneys and law students, both individually and in community, to proclaim, love, and serve Jesus Christ through the study and practice of law, through the provision of legal assistance to the poor and needy, and through the defense of the inalienable rights to life and religious freedom.

Mission statement

CLS Objectives

To proclaim Jesus as Lord through all we do;

To defend the religious freedom of all Americans through the legislatures and courts;

To defend the religious freedom of students to gather on their campuses as Christian organizations;

To promote justice for the poor, religious freedom, sanctity of human life, and biblical conflict resolution;

To encourage Christian attorneys to view law as a ministry and help them integrate faith and their legal practice;

To provide Christian attorneys a means of society and fellowship;

To encourage and disciple Christian law professors and students;

To provide a forum for discussing issues related to Christianity and the law;

To encourage attorneys and law students to serve the poor and needy.

Statement of faith

Christian Legal Society's Statement of Faith is:

One God, eternally existent in three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.

The Deity of our Lord, Jesus Christ, God's only Son, conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary; His vicarious death for our sins through which we receive eternal life; His bodily resurrection and personal return.

The presence and power of the Holy Spirit in the work of regeneration.

The Bible as the inspired Word of God.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Advocacy

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating510 of 103122 of 41
Fund acquisition rating570 of 103321 of 41
Resource allocation rating256 of 103314 of 41
Asset utilization rating712 of 103130 of 41

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$835,721$728,479$474,079$476,515$359,949
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$2,420,760$1,690,188$1,599,080$870,201$616,895
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$69,866$22,891$31,056$38,197$25,565
Other long-term assets$6,849$8,138$8,138$8,138$8,240
Total long-term assets$76,715$31,029$39,194$46,335$33,805
Total assets$2,497,475$1,721,217$1,638,274$916,536$650,700
Payables and accrued expenses$46,033$49,885$45,999$50,428$35,080
Other current liabilities$307,501$10,243$31,973$19,532$24,523
Total current liabilities$353,534$60,128$77,972$69,960$59,603
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$24,407$0$5,133$9,748$13,895
Total long-term liabilities$206,554$0$5,133$9,748$13,895
Total liabilities$560,088$60,128$83,105$79,708$73,498
Net assets20202019201820172016
Without donor restrictions$612,317$948,010$792,905$800,236$568,774
With donor restrictions$1,325,070$713,079$762,264$36,592$8,428
Net assets$1,937,387$1,661,089$1,555,169$836,828$577,202
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Total contributions$1,391,426$1,454,291$1,759,353$984,703$812,041
Program service revenue$42,753$292,536$211,656$270,498$211,056
Membership dues$370,311$361,280$379,567$384,393$362,675
Investment income$0$0$0$0$0
Other revenue$0$49,469$36,178$10,544$14,108
Total other revenue$413,064$703,285$627,401$665,435$587,839
Total revenue$1,804,490$2,157,576$2,386,754$1,650,138$1,399,880
Program services$1,415,974$1,762,999$1,404,128$1,180,765$1,109,742
Management and general$155,333$137,556$122,163$101,208$99,217
Total expenses$1,701,646$2,051,656$1,668,413$1,390,512$1,319,657
Change in net assets20202019201820172016
Surplus (deficit)$102,844$105,920$718,341$259,626$80,223
Other changes in net assets$173,454$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$276,298$105,920$718,341$259,626$80,223


David NammoExecutive Director & CEO$131,814
Kimberlee ColbyKey Employee$111,926

Compensation data as of: 12/31/2019

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Program accomplishments

Christian Legal Society accomplishments and programs include some of the following:

Membership Ministries: Facilitates a means of society, fellowship and nurturing among Christian lawyers, judges, law professors and students, helping them to view law vocationally as an opportunity for Christian witness, service and ministry.

Conferences: Sponsors local and national conferences for attorneys and law students.

Center for Law and Religious Freedom: Protects and promotes the inalienable and constitutional rights of free exercise of religion and sanctity of human life, provides consultative services, researches current issues, publishes a quarterly journal, and provides strategic litigation support at appellant and trial court levels.

Public Ministries: Promotes the training and certification of Christian lawyers in Biblical reconciliation techniques and conflict resolution. Encourages members to provide legal aid, both individually and through local chapters, in active cooperation with social service providers like the International Union of Gospel Missions, the Salvation Army or Catholic Social Services.

Law Student Ministries: Establishes CLS-affiliated student chapters at law schools and CLS-affiliated student chapters at law schools and colleges throughout the United States. Provides mentors and resources to foster spiritual growth, outreach through public service, and integration of legal practice and Christian faith.