National Conference


Orthodox Christian Attorney Network  

 Christian Legal Society National Conference
Newport Beach Marriott Hotel - Newport Beach, CA
Saturday, October 28, 2017  8:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

You are invited to a gathering of Eastern Orthodox Christian attorneys from across the country for a time of fellowship, networking, and learning from an excellent lineup of speakers. This inaugural event is a chance for fellow Orthodox attorneys to meet and build relationships across jurisdictions, and learn how to serve our Lord together through our profession. 

This one-day gathering will be held in conjunction with the national Christian Legal Society annual conference in Newport Beach, CA, October 26 – 29, 2017.  Participants are welcome to come just for the Orthodox gathering on Saturday, October 28th alone, or to the entire CLS conference. 

Cost: The fee for the one-day Orthodox attorney gathering itself is only $100. The fee to attend the rest of the entire CLS conference is $455.

Click here to register for the event.  A special hotel group rate is available at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel. 

Please help spread the word! Whether you decide to attend or not, stay in touch by providing your contact information below to receive future announcements about this and other Orthodox Attorney Network events. 




Friday, October 27, 2017

7:00 - 9:00pm   Informal Dinner Off-site

Saturday, October 28, 2017

8:00–8:30am    Registration & Coffee; Mix & Mingle

8:30-9:15am     Welcome & Introductory Remarks

9:15-10:00am   Keynote Speaker

Thomas Alexander Varlan - Chief United States District Judge of
the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee. 

Judge Varlan was nominated by President George W. Bush and confirmed
by the U.S. Senate by a vote of 97-0 on March 13, 2003.
Judge Varlan and
his wife, Danni, have four children (and two sons-in-law) and are active
members of Saint George Greek Orthodox Church in Knoxville.

Panel Sessions

10:15-11:45am Session 1: “Being an Orthodox Christian Attorney: Integrating Faith &
                                            the Practice of Law”

     Bill Marianes – McGuire Woods (retired); Stewardship Calling
     Leon Lysaght - Professor, University of Detroit Mercy Law School (retired)
12:00 - 1:30pm  Lunch On-Site

1:45 - 3:15pm Session 2: “Representing Churches and Other Nonprofit Entities”
          (1.5 hrs CLE credit anticipated)

     Georgia Kazakis - Covington
     Kenneth Liu - Christian Legal Society; Gammon & Grange
     Louis Milicich– Dentons

3:45 - 5:15pm Session 3: “The State of American Orthodoxy”
     Eric Namee - Hinkle Law Firm; Virginia H. Farah Foundation
     Matthew Namee - Black Saber Capital Investment Fund;
          Society for Orthodox Christian History in the Americas 
     John Zavitzanos - AZA Law Firm

5:15 - 6:00pm Discussion & Closing Remarks

7:00 - 9:00pm  Christian Legal Society Banquet (Optional)


Leon Lysaght - Professor, University of Detroit Mercy Law School (retired)
Ken Liu – Christian Legal Society; Gammon & Grange
Bill Marianes – McGuire Woods (retired); Stewardship Calling
Louis Milicich– Dentons
Eric Namee –Hinkle Law Firm

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