News from the Catholic Bar Association

CBA Founding President Joshua McCaig Published in The Federalist

The Catholic Bar Association’s Founding President, Joshua McCaig, has published an article on The Federalist website.  The article, which is dated September 20, 2022 and entitled “Biden Admin Silently Erases ‘Unborn Child’ In Legal Argument Pushing Abortion On Religious Medical Workers,” details the efforts of the Biden Administration to compel emergency healthcare workers to participate in elective abortion procedures by ignoring clear language of the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (“EMTALA”) which specifically safeguards the health and safety of  an unborn child whose mother presents to an emergency facility.  McCaig outlines the efforts of medical and religious societies and State governments to counteract the Administration’s misleading guidance concerning EMTALA’s requirements.    

Federal District Judge denies Motion to Dismiss

and issues a Preliminary Injunction in State of Texas v. Becerra

Judge Hendrix of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas issued an Order on Tuesday, August 23, 2022, denying Defendant’s Motion to Dismiss and imposing a Preliminary Injunction in the case of State of Texas v. Becerra.  The case pertains to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Becerra’s guidance to providers, issued in the aftermath of the SCOTUS decision in Dobbs, suggesting that elective abortion could be mandatory emergency or stabilizing care under the Emergency Medical Treatment & Labor Act (EMTALA), regardless of state law.  The State of Texas filed suit seeking to prevent enforcement of the HHS guidance in the State.  The Catholic Healthcare Leadership Alliance (CHCLA), of which the Catholic Bar Association (CBA) is a Founding Member, filed an Amicus Curiae brief that was mentioned in the Judge’s Order.  The CBA’s Founding President, Joshua McCaig, was instrumental in the preparation and filing of the brief. 

The CHCLA’s press release is set forth here.

Read the Judge’s Order.       Read the Amicus Curiae brief.

2019 Annual Spring Luncheon

The Lansing Catholic Lawyers Guild will be hosting its 35th Annual Spring Luncheon on Tuesday, May 7, 2019 at 12:00pm at St. Mary’s Parish Hall in downtown Lansing.


We are proud to announce that Mr. Peter Herbeck will be serving as our keynote speaker. He will be introduced by Paul Brandenburg, our most recent recipient of the prestigious St. Thomas More Award. Mr. Herbeck is the vice-president and director of missions for Renewal Ministries. Mr. Herbeck will address the question, Reading the Signs of the Times: What is the Spirit Saying to the Church? We would ask that you please consider joining us for Peter’s message of hope.


The Guild invites everyone to join us for an enjoyable afternoon. Please RSVP online at the link below, or print and return the registration form with payment to the Catholic Lawyers Guild, c/o Diane Arzberger, Executive Director, 1812 N. Genesee Dr., Lansing, MI 48915.



2019 Annual Red Mass

Announcing the 34th Annual Red Mass of the Catholic Lawyers Guild, Diocese of Lansing


Tuesday, October 15, 2019


St. Mary Cathedral, Lansing

Red Mass, Bishop Earl Boyea presiding, 5:15p.m.


Dinner, featuring Presentation of St. Thomas More Award, 6:15p.m.


Invoking God’s Blessing on the Courts of our State and Honoring


Carl W. Herstein


  • Reader and Eucharistic Minister at St. Mary Student Parish in Ann Arbor
  • Fourth-year Student at the Catholic Biblical School of Michigan
  • President of the Michigan Supreme Court Historical Society
  • Former Chairman of the Catholic Social Services of Washtenaw County
  • Former Chairman of UMS (formerly the University Musical Society)
  • Former Board Member of the Sphinx Organization
  • Fellow of the Michigan State Bar Foundation
  • Father of four children and grandfather of 6 beautiful grandchildren


Introduction of Award Recipient by Lori Buiteweg

  • Recipient of the 2017 St. Thomas More Award
  • 81st President of the State Bar of Michigan


Remarks by Retired Chief Justice Maura Corrigan on the Canonization of Father Solanus Casey before Dinner


For more information or to RSVP visit www.lclguild.com or email us at lclguild@gmail.com

2019 Annual Fall Retreat

The Lansing Catholic Lawyers Guild will be holding our Annual Fall Retreat at the Solanus Casey Center in Detroit on Saturday, November 23, 2019 from 8:00am-5:00pm. Flyers will be available at the Annual Business Meeting and at the Red Mass. More information will be disseminated as we get closer to the date.