Tuesday, February 23, 2021

2021 Annual Meeting February 22nd

The St. Thomas More Lawyers Society of Wisconsin held its annual meeting virtually due to the current pandemic.


If you have not already paid your dues, 
or wish to make a contribution, send the following:

Name: ________________________
Email: _______________________

2021 membership dues ($30): ....................... $_____

Become a Chancellor Member, additional $250: ......$______     
(lifetime member of the Society)

Contribution to the Bishop Perry Scholarship Fund: $______

Total Enclosed: ...................................$______

Please make checks payable to St. Thomas More Lawyers Society and send to:
Brian Tokarz, Treasurer
c/o Meissner Tierney, 111 Kilbourn Avenue, 19th Floor, Milwaukee, WI 53202

Officers, Governors, Chaplain

President: Charlie Stevens
President-Elect: John Remington
Secretary: Paul Dedinsky
Treasurer: Brian Tokarz
Past President: John Herbers

Board of Governors:

Standing for Election
Mark Andres
Paul Dedinsky
Anthony LoCoco

Continuing Governors
Joseph Bukowksi
Jane Carrig
Teddy Chadwick
Matt Fricker
Shawn Govern
Ann Maher
David Strifling

Very Reverend Paul B. R. Hartmann, M. Div., J.C.L.
Fr. Brad Krawczyk

Treasurer's Report

2019 Ending Checking Account Balance 7,321.29
BOG Meetings                            35.00
First Fridays                           24.00
Bishop Perry Scholarship Donations     415.00
Annual Meeting                        -155.41
Membership Dues                        180.00
Chancellor Membership Payment          250.00
Red Mass                              -645.00

12/31/20 Checking Account Balance    7,424.88

Red Mass
Cathedral                             -600.00
Trophy Athletic                        -45.00

Friday, December 4, 2020

In defence of Thomas More

An essay by Eamon Duffy on The trouble with Hilary Mantel’s Tudor world, at The Times Literary Supplement. [Alas, behind the paywall.]
"Mantel's [Wolf Hall] trilogy has reconfigured perception of Tudor England for the early twenty-first century, just as surely as, and even more persuasively than, [Robert] Bolt's Man for All Seasons did for the last decades of the twentieth."

Friday, October 2, 2020

Red Mass October 1, 2020 video

At the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in Milwaukee Wisconin.

Friday, September 25, 2020

Is Christianity True? The Existence of God, the Discoveries of Science, and a Closing Argument for the Resurrection.

An essay by Judge William Griesbach prepared for the annual reception and dinner which had been planned to follow the yesterday's Red Mass of the St. Thomas More Society of Green Bay.

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Annual Red Mass and award ceremony October 1st

We regret that we will be unable to host the traditional reception and dinner following the Red Mass, but hope and expect to return to our traditional events in 2021.

Friday, September 4, 2020

Augustine, Lawyers & the Lost Virtue of Humility

Bruce P. Frohnen at the Catholic University Law Review.

"The leading edge of legal scholarship and practice in recent decades has evinced a commitment to progressive politics at the expense of constitutional governance, the rule of law, and justice understood as vindication of the reasonable expectations of both the public and the parties to any given case or controversy. This article argues that renewed understanding of the virtue of humility, rooted in a genuine concern to do good according to one’s abilities, rights, and duties, is essential to the maintenance of decency in the legal profession and society as a whole. Such virtue is allowed, if not required, by existing rules and procedures, especially those encapsulated in the Model Rules of Professional Conduct (MRPC). It is undermined by lawyerly pride in the capacity of particular lawyers to determine what is good for society and pursue it through social activism masquerading as client service."
Recommended Citation: Bruce P. Frohnen, Augustine, Lawyers & the Lost Virtue of Humility, 69 Cath. U. L. Rev. 1 (2020).

Friday, August 7, 2020

The Liturgy the Basis of Social Regeneration

Dom Virgil Michel, OSB, originally in a 1935 issue of Orate, Frates, republished at Adoremus Bulletin.
"'It is true, indeed,' says our encyclical [Quadragesimo Anno], 'that a just freedom of action should be left to individual citizens and families.' Hence this Collectivism is wrong in fact and principle. To quote again: 'Just as it is wrong to withdraw from the individual and commit to the community at large what private enterprise and industry can accomplish, so too it is an injustice, a grave evil and a disturbance of the right order for a larger and higher organization to arrogate to itself functions which can be performed efficiently by smaller and lower bodies…. Of its very nature the true aim of all social activity should be to help individual members of the social body, but never to destroy or absorb them.'"