Monday, February 20, 2017

Annual Meeting, and Liturgy, February 22nd 2017

St. Thomas More Lawyers Society of Wisconsin will hold its Annual Meeting on Wednesday, February 22, 2017. As is our tradition, we will begin with Mass at Old St. Mary's Catholic Church, 835 N. Broadway, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, at 5:30 p.m.

Immediately following Mass, there will be a brief business meeting, followed by a reception which will include heavy appetizers and a cash bar, at Mi-Key’s (Jefferson and Wells). It is requested that all of those in attendance contribute $20.00 to cover the cost of the event.

Please RSVP for the Annual Meeting and submit payment at EventBrite.

If you would prefer, you may also send a check via U.S. Mail to our Treasurer, Mollie Newcomb, (at the address below)

St. Thomas More Lawyers Society
c/o Mollie Newcomb, Treasurer
2987 S. Wentworth Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53207
or by e-mailing your RSVP to Mark Andres if you would like to pay at the event.

We also take this opportunity to inform everyone of the Annual Dues. The Society offers two types of dues. First, you can pay the Society's modest annual dues of $30. Or, you may choose Chancellor Membership for $250; this membership makes you a "lifetime" member of the Society (i.e., you will continue to be a "dues-paying" member in all subsequent years). You are welcome to pay your dues for the 2017 calendar year by the following means:

(a) paying your dues in response to the invitation to the Annual Meeting at EventBrite when you click on “Tickets” and select payment for 2017 Membership or Chancellor (Lifetime) Membership, as well as payment for the Annual Meeting;

(b) sending a check made payable to the St. Thomas More Lawyers Society of Wisconsin to: St. Thomas More Lawyers Society, c/o Mollie Newcomb, Treasurer, 2987 S. Wentworth Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53207; and

(c) paying an officer of the Board at any Society event (e.g., a First Friday liturgy).

The dues paid by the members, serve many important purposes. As a non­profit organization run entirely through the volunteer efforts of our Board of Governors and others, we literally have no overhead. The Society uses the dues to provide, among other things: (1) funds to pay for our major events of the year, including the Red Mass & Reception and Annual Mass & Meeting, for those amounts not fully recovered through the price paid by attendees; (2) community-orientated programs, such as our very-successful Youth Law Day program; (3) our First Friday events; and (5) further donations to the Bishop Perry Scholarship Fund. Please know that your decision to pay dues is completely voluntary. Whether you choose to support the Society by paying the modest dues or not, your presence at our monthly First Friday liturgies, and your attendance at the Red Mass and other events, is just as important.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Therese Novotny 'Children’s Bible and Faith Sharing' February 3rd 2017

Our monthly First Friday Mass and Meeting is February 3rd.

This month’s speaker is Dr. Therese Novotny, of the Marquette University English Department. Since 2009, she has volunteered as Co-Leader for the Children’s Bible and Faith Sharing Group. This ministry serves teens at the Juvenile Detention Center, housed in the Vel Phillips Juvenile Justice Center. To date, this group has met with thousands of teens to share scripture, prayer, and faith experiences. Their mission is to restore dignity and hope to those who are in prison. They are messengers of hope and reconciliation to teens. Therese is a member of St. Mary’s Visitation Parish. She lives in Wauwatosa, where she and her husband, John, have raised their six children.

Mass will be celebrated at 7:30 A.M. in the Chapel of St. Edmund Campion, located on the 4th floor of Eckstein Hall (Marquette University Law School). Mass will be followed by our meeting and discussion from 8:00-9:00 A.M., which includes a continental breakfast (suggested donation $4.00). Parking is available in the Eckstein Hall underground parking structure. (Enter the lot, pull a ticket, and find an open parking space. Once parked, take the elevator to main floor, which opens to the foyer, and go to the welcome desk to get your parking ticket validated.)

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Bishop Richard Sklba 'Lutherans and Catholics in Dialogue' January 6th 2017

Our monthly First Friday Mass and Meeting is January 6th.

We are very pleased to have Bishop Richard J. Sklba, Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, as our January speaker. Among his many duties and interests, Bishop Sklba served as the Catholic Co-Chair for the national Lutheran/Catholic Dialogue for over 12 years, and as Chair of the USCCB's Committee for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs for three years. A 2011 book, The Hope of Eternal Life (Lutherans and Catholics in Dialogue), is the fruit of a study project Bishop Sklba facilitated with many participants. October of 2017 marks the 500th anniversary of Luther's 95 Theses. Altogether, it is quite timely to have Bishop Sklba lead a discussion about Lutheran / Catholic Relations: the path and journey toward reconciliation.

Mass will be celebrated at 7:30 A.M. in the Chapel of St. Edmund Campion, located on the 4th floor of Eckstein Hall (Marquette University Law School). Mass will be followed by our meeting and discussion from 8:00-9:00 A.M., which includes a continental breakfast (suggested donation $4.00). Parking is available in the Eckstein Hall underground parking structure. (Enter the lot, pull a ticket, and find an open parking space. Once parked, take the elevator to main floor, which opens to the foyer, and go to the welcome desk to get your parking ticket validated.)

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Jack Stoiber 'Ethics by Emulation: Standards Set by Thomas More' December 2nd 2016

Our monthly First Friday Mass and Meeting is December 2nd.

This month’s speaker is Assistant District Attorney Jack Stoiber. Attorney Stoiber will present "Ethics by Emulation: Standards Set by St. (Sir) Thomas More of England" which will focus upon several Wisconsin ethics rules and how St. (Sir) Thomas More faced a myriad of ethical issues in his law practice. One (1) Ethics CLE credit will be applied for.

Jack Stoiber is a former Milwaukee Police Officer and Special Agent for the FBI. After graduating from Marquette University Law School in 1981, Jack began serving as an Assistant District Attorney for Milwaukee County. For 13 years of his time in the District Attorney’s office, Jack served as a felony drug prosecutor, including three years as the Legal Director of the Milwaukee Metropolitan Drug Enforcement Group. He currently handles an assignment whereby he prosecutes juvenile crime and handles all juvenile delinquency appellate cases. Finally, Jack is a huge St. Thomas More fan and (he humbly suggests) an aficionado, with a claim to fame as the official host to a Thomas More party held some 25 years ago.

Mass will be celebrated at 7:30 A.M. in the Chapel of St. Edmund Campion, located on the 4th floor of Eckstein Hall (Marquette University Law School). Mass will be followed by our meeting and discussion from 8:00-9:00 A.M., which includes a continental breakfast (suggested donation $4.00). Parking is available in the Eckstein Hall underground parking structure. (Enter the lot, pull a ticket, and find an open parking space. Once parked, take the elevator to main floor, which opens to the foyer, and go to the welcome desk to get your parking ticket validated.)

Monday, November 7, 2016

Religious Exemptions and Third-Party Harms

Thomas C. Berg, James L. Oberstar Professor of Law and Public Policy, University of St. Thomas School of Law, in the Federalist Society Review

Friday, November 4, 2016

Fr. Paul Hartmann 'Recent Changes to the Annulment Process' November 4th 2016

Our monthly First Friday Mass and Meeting is November 4th.

This month’s speaker is the Very Reverend Paul Hartmann. He will address the annulment process in the Catholic Church and the recent changes to the process that have been instituted by Pope Francis.

Father Hartmann is the President of Catholic Memorial High School and the Judicial Vicar of the Metropolitan Tribunal, Archdiocese of Milwaukee. He holds a Pontifical Licentiate in Canon Law from the Catholic University of America, and received his Masters of Divinity degree from St. Francis Seminary in Milwaukee. Since his ordination Fr. Hartmann has served in numerous pastoral roles in many parishes; taught Canon Law at both St. Francis Seminary and Sacred Heart School of Theology; as well as serving as the Archbishop’s designated Chaplain to groups such as the Catholic Committee on Scouting, the Knights of Columbus, the Knights of Malta, and the St. Thomas More Lawyers Society.

Mass will be celebrated at 7:30 A.M. in the Chapel of St. Edmund Campion, located on the 4th floor of Eckstein Hall (Marquette University Law School). Mass will be followed by our meeting and discussion from 8:00-9:00 A.M., which includes a continental breakfast (suggested donation $4.00). Parking is available in the Eckstein Hall underground parking structure. (Enter the lot, pull a ticket, and find an open parking space. Once parked, take the elevator to main floor, which opens to the foyer, and go to the welcome desk to get your parking ticket validated.)

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Fr. Greg Greiten "Mission work in Honduras" October 7th 2016

Our monthly First Friday Mass and Meeting is October 7th.

This month’s speaker is Fr. Greg Greiten from St. Bernadette Parish in Milwaukee. Fr. Greiten will lead us in discussion and a video presentation regarding his ongoing mission work in Honduras, which engages multiple parishes, local doctors and nurses, as well as firefighters, to strengthen a faith community in the poorest parts of Honduras.

Mass will be celebrated at 7:30 A.M. in the Chapel of St. Edmund Campion, located on the 4th floor of Eckstein Hall (Marquette University Law School). Mass will be followed by our meeting and discussion from 8:00-9:00 A.M., which includes a continental breakfast (suggested donation $4.00). Parking is available in the Eckstein Hall underground parking structure. (Enter the lot, pull a ticket, and find an open parking space. Once parked, take the elevator to main floor, which opens to the foyer, and go to the welcome desk to get your parking ticket validated.)