2017 Annual Spring Luncheon

The Lansing Catholic Lawyers Guild proudly invites you to their 33rd Annual Spring Luncheon at St. Mary’s Cathedral Parish Hall on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at 12:00pm.

The Guild is honored to host Father Steve Mattson as our keynote speaker. Father Mattson is what we like to call a “revert” to the faith. He was raised Catholic, but his family left the Catholic Church after he graduated from high school. After spending over twenty years as an Evangelical Protestant, Father Steve returned to the Catholic Church. Furthermore, Father Steve felt the call to priesthood, attended the University of St. Mary of the Lake / Mudelein Seminary in Illinois, and was ordained in 2005. Father Steve also holds a Ph.D. in education from Michigan State University and served as the Superintendent of Schools for the Diocese of Lansing from 2009-2015. Father Steve Mattson will delight us with his presence and speak to the Lansing Catholic Lawyers Guild about the importance of faith and adherence to the Catholic values and principles in the practice of not only law, but life.

The Guild invites everyone to join us for an enjoyable afternoon. Please RSVP by sending the registration form with payment to the Catholic Lawyers Guild, c/o Diane Arzberger, Executive Director, 1812 N. Genesee Dr., Lansing, MI 48915.
























Catholic Bar Association


We are two months from the inaugural conference of the Catholic Bar Association on October 27-30, 2016!  Attached is the new CBA Conference pamphlet showing our amazing line up of speakers for our first year.  Everything is in place, sponsors are lining up and now we need YOU to register and help us promote the event!  The CBA Conference pamphlet includes the current list of confirmed speakers, sponsors and schedule.  Due to the positive feedback from law students, we added a law student social on Saturday at 4:30 pm before the dinner with keynote speaker Hadley Arkes.


Register at or click here.

For hotel reservations, call the Westin Crown Center at (816)474-4400 and ask for the Catholic Bar Association Conference discount.  IMPORTANT: The hotel discount is only available through 9/26/2016 so please make your reservations today!

The success of this event now depends on each of us to spread the word.  Please take some time this next week and contact friends, family members and colleagues and invite them to attend the conference.  In addition to the conference pamphlet, attached is an information pamphlet about the CBA that you can pass along.  If your organization has a list serve or relevant contact list, please consider sending out information about the conference.  Finally, please “like” and “share” the CBA FaceBook page at


I am pleased to announce that Our Sunday Visitor recently partnered with us at the Gold level!  Current sponsors include the National Lawyers Association, EWTN, Catholic Medical Association, Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, Canon Law Society of America, St. Thomas More Society of Dallas, Catholic Lawyers Guild of Kansas City and Federalist Society.  If you or your organization is interested in being a sponsor, please see the attached sponsorship sheet or contact me for additional information.


If you are unable to attend the conference, please consider becoming a member of the CBA ($100.00) now.  The CBA is run entirely by volunteers and your membership (and/or donations) will help us move the organization forward in 2017.  To make a donation visit  The CBA is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization.

If you have any questions please let me know.  Remember, if everyone on this email list registers and/or encourages someone else to attend, we will have a packed house for our first event!

Thank you for your continued support of the CBA and I look forward to seeing you in October!  Please keep the CBA in your prayers and St. Thomas More pray for us.

Red Mass 2016

The Red Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Boyea at St. Mary Cathedral on Monday, September 26, 2016 at 5:15pm.  It will be followed by dinner at Saint Mary’s Parish Hall, adjacent to the Cathedral.

Father Michael Murray will introduce the annual recipient of the Guild’s prestigious Saint Thomas More Award  to Randy Hackney.  Mr. Hackney is the managing partner of the East Lansing office of Hackney Grover and practices primarily in medical malpractice defense litigation.  He has practiced law for more than 38 years and is widely recognized as a leader in medical malpractice defense litigation, insurance litigation, and insurance company formation.  Mr. Hackney has been selected as a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates.  The Michigan chapter of this honorary society is limited in size to one half of one percent of all lawyers in the State of Michigan.  He has also been named in Super Lawyers and has been selected by his peers to be included in Best Lawyers in America.

The Guild will also introduce this year’s annual recipient of the Charles F. FiliceSaint Ives of Tréguier Award, bestowed on Christine Galuatians, a law student, WMU/Cooley.  She has demonstrated successful academic achievement, is active in the community, and possesses outstanding character and demonstrates concern for others through public service.

The Guild invites everyone to join us for an enjoyable evening.  Please RSVP by Wednesday, September 19 by sending the registration form with payment to the Catholic Lawyers Guild, c/o Diane Arzberger, Executive Director, 1812 N. Genesee Dr., Lansing 48915.

Red Mass Flyer