Join us for "Heeding the Call of Truth" the
2023 Catholic Bar Association Conference and General Assembly

October 26-28 at the Arlington (VA) Campus of George Mason University

9.0 CLE credits in Virginia
and 12 other states

Early Bird Registration extended to October 15

Saint John Paul II wrote “Whenever men or women heed the call of truth, their conscience then guides their actions reliably towards good. Precisely because of the witness which he bore, even at the price of his life, to the primacy of truth over power, Saint Thomas More is venerated as an imperishable example of moral integrity. And even outside the Church, particularly among those with responsibility for the destinies of peoples, he is acknowledged as a source of inspiration for a political system which has as its supreme goal the service of the human person."

Apostolic Letter Issued Motu Proprio Proclaiming Saint Thomas More Patron Of Statesmen And Politicians, October 31, 2000.


St. John Fisher Speaker

St. Thomas More Lecturer

Charles E. Rice Lecturer

The Most Reverend

Michael F. Burbidge

Bishop, Diocese of Arlington

The Honorable

William H. Pryor, Jr.

Chief Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit

Helen Alvaré

Antonin Scalia Law School

George Mason University

The Reverend

Robert A. Sirico

President Emeritus and Co-Founder of the Acton Institute

The Honorable

Justin R. Walker

Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit

Nicole Stelle Garnett

University of Notre Dame

Law School

The Honorable

Robert J. Conrad, Jr.

Judge, U.S. District Court,

Western District of North Carolina

Erika Bachiochi

Ethics and Public Policy Center

Mark Rienzi

Becket Fund for Religious Liberty

Columbus School of Law

Mattias Caro

Caro Law PLLC and

Dominion Law Group

Heather A. Lachenauer

University of Dallas

Michael J. Mazza, J.D., J.C.D.

Co-sponsored by the Saint Thomas More Guild for Legal Professionals in the Catholic Diocese of Arlington, Virginia


Hilton Arlington

950 North Stafford Street

Arlington (Ballston), Virginia 22203


Room block rates expire October 7 so book now!

 Book a room by clicking here

or call Hilton reservations at 1-800-445-8667 and ask for the group code "CBAA", now $189.

The above rates do not include any applicable state or municipal taxes or fees.

Red Mass


Basilica of Saint Mary

310 South Royal Street

Alexandria, VA 22314

Principal Celebrant and Homilist
The Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge
Bishop of Arlington


Saturday, October 28
5:00 P.M. ET

Co-sponsored by the Thomas More Guild of Legal Professionals of the Diocese of Arlington

Purchase Red Mass Banquet Tickets*

Westin Alexandria Old Town

400 Courthouse Square

Alexandria, Virginia 22314

* Separate Red Mass Banquet tickets are only needed by those not attending the full conference.

Continuing Legal Education (CLE)

CBA 2023 has been approved for at least 9.0 CLE credits by the following states:

 Florida  Kentucky  Nebraska  Texas Wisconsin
 Illinois  Louisiana  North Carolina

 Kansas  Missouri  Pennsylvania  Washington

The CBA will also apply for CLE credit approval in any state in which 3 or more of our conference attendees are accredited if they register by October 10. Additionally, the CBA provides a Certificate of Attendance and supporting documentation to assist attorneys accredited in other states allowing them to self-report. Requests for CLE credit approval in other states can be sent to Credit recognition varies by state. 

There is no additional charge for requesting CLE credit.


All times are specified in Eastern Daylight Saving Time (EDT).

Unless otherwise noted, all sessions will be held at George Mason University Van Metre Hall, 3351 Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22201.

Thursday, October 26, 2023

5 - 7 PM    Welcome Reception, Bronson Bierhall, 4100 Fairfax Dr, Arlington, VA 22203

Friday, October 27, 2023

8 AM Mass for CBA Conference Attendees followed by a continental breakfast
9:10 AM Opening Prayer & Welcome
9:20 AM
Charles E. Rice Lecture: Helen M. Alvaré, Religious Freedom After the Sexual Revolution
10:25 AM
10:40 AM
Mark Rienzi, Religious Liberty in a Polarized Country
11:45 AM
Judge Robert J. Conrad, Jr., John Fisher and Thomas More: Keeping Their Souls While Losing Their Heads
1:05 PM
Break to Retrieve Boxed Lunches and move to Multi-Purpose Room
1:15 PM
CBA Members General Assembly and Business Meeting [Working Lunch]
3 PM
Friday 3 O’Clock Moment of Prayer
3:05 PM
Mattias Caro, The Advanced Medical Directive: Encountering Truth in Union with the Suffering Christ and Medical Decision-Making Authority 
4:10 PM
4:25 PM
Michael J. Mazza, The Eclipse of Moral Certitude and the Importance of Standards of Proof               
5:30 PM
6:00 PM

The Tale that Won’t Stop Wagging: The Attacks on Pius XII and What They Tell Us

A Panel Discussion among Joseph Bottum, Ron Rychlak, William Doino, and Eric Saul.

Dinner on your own. We encourage Alumni groups and Affiliate chapters to meet during this time.

Saturday, October 28, 2023

7:30 AM
Mass for CBA Conference Attendees followed by a continental breakfast
8 AM Activity of the Spirituality Committee
8:30 AM Opening Prayer & Welcome
8:45 AM
Nicole Stelle Garnett, Religious Liberty and School Choice
9:50 AM
10:00 AM
Heather A.  Lachenauer, Legal challenges for Catholic institutions of higher education: Remaining faithful to Ex Corde Ecclesiae
11:05 AM
11:15 AM
Erika Bachiochi, The Rights of Women: A Natural Law Approach
12:20 PM
1:00 PM
Judge Justin Walker, Values Long Part of the Nation’s Heritage
2:00 PM
Rev. Robert A.  Sirico, The Persecuted Church in Hong Kong and Mainland China
2:45 PM
Conference End
3:45 PM
Bus Loads Up from the Hilton Hotel for a 4 PM Departure for the Basilica
5:00 PM
Red Mass, The Most Reverend Michael Burbidge, Bishop of Arlington, Celebrant and Homilist, St. John Fisher Speaker; Basilica of St. Mary, 310 S Royal Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
6:30 PM

Red Mass Reception and Banquet, The Honorable William H.  Pryor, Jr., Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit, St. Thomas More Keynote Lecturer; Westin Alexandria, 400 Courthouse Square, Alexandria, VA 22314

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