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.

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