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General  Assembly and Annual Conference

October 4-6, 2019

Clayton Plaza Hotel
St Louis, Missouri

Download for Mail-in Submissions: Registration Form | Brochure

Note: Official welcome will be provided by The Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson Archbishop of St. Louis.  


Timothy Belz, Esq., St. Louis, MO, Religious Liberty and Municipal Legislation
Samuel Gregg, D.Phil., Acton Institute, Natural Law and the Catholic Case for Limited Government
John Kindschuh, Esq., St. Louis, MO, Catholic Faith in Personal Adversity 
Eric Kniffin, Esq., Colorado Springs, CO, Recent Developments in Religious Liberty Litigation
Kurt Martens, J.C.D., Catholic University of America, School of Canon Law, Canon Law and the Catholic Lawyer
Rev. James Mason, J.D., Rector, Kendrick-Glennon Seminary, St. Louis, MO, Christian Virtue in the Professional Life
Joshua M. McCaig, Esq.,  Kansas City, MO, Catholic Lawyers and the Call to Christian Discipleship
Ann M. Scarlett, Esq., SLU School of Law, Perspectives on the Upcoming Supreme Court Term 
Roger Severino, Esq.,  Director, Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Dept. HHS, Federal Update: Conscience and Religious Freedom Protections in Health and Human Services.
Kevin C. Walsh, Esq., U. of Richmond School of Law, What Kind of Law Will It Take to Overturn Roe v. Wade in the Short Term?
Timothy E. Wichmer, Esq., St. Louis, MO, Immigration Law and Catholic Moral Principles

Registration Fees

Member  $275
Non-member  $335

Registration includes lunch (Friday and Saturday), Msgr. Pope Cocktail  Reception, and CBA Annual Banquet

Single day members rate: Friday $130; Saturday $160
Daily pricing includes respective evening event

Student $50  (excludes evening events)
(scholarships available, contact cbaevc@gmail.com)   CLE’s as allowed

Save the Date:
2020 CBA Annual Conference
October 8-11, 2020
Red Mass: Friday, October 9, 2020
Ave Maria School of Law
Naples, Florida

Clayton Plaza Hotel Reservation instructions:

Group Code: CAT
Book online at: Catholic BAR Association Room Block Reservations
The link will take you directly to the reservations webpage with the group code already entered.  Additionally, they can call toll-free 1-407-992-7957 to make reservations.

To be included in the block you must make your reservations by 9/12/19.

Friday Cocktail Reception

Speaker: Msgr. Charles Pope

Oct. 4, 2019 5:00-7:00PM Public invited  Tickets available  $30 includes 2 drink tickets

CBA Annual Banquet

Speaker: Gloria Purvis, EWTN Morning Glory

Oct. 5, 2019 6:30 to 8:30 PM Individual tickets $100

Annual Red Mass

Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis Homilist: Bishop Thomas Paprocki - Springfield, Illinois

Oct. 6, 2019 10:00 AM Reception follows All are welcome

Mass will be available at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church on October 4 at 6:30 a.m. and 12:00 noon and on October 5 at 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m

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CLE Credit

The CBA will apply to the Missouri Bar for CLE credits.  We expect that most of the topics will qualify.  For example, the 2018 conference was approved for 10.8 CLE credit hours, of which 1.2 were for ethics.  In 2017, the conference was approved for 13.0 total credits, of which 2.0 were ethics.  We will post CLE information as soon as we have approval.  We leave it to the attendees to make application to their various state bars.

NOTE: We have an application pending with the Missouri Bar for 12 hours CLE credit, with 3.6 professionalism and 1.2 Cultural Competency/Inclusion.


(Download Schedule)

Thursday, October 3, 2019
3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.    Registration – Hotel Lobby
Scheduled Events for CBA Board of Directors and Committees Only

Friday Morning, October 4, 2019

7:30 a.m.

Registration Table Opens

Outside Grand Ballroom

(Lower Level)

8:00 a.m.

Edward Crites, Esq. President CBA


Grand Ballroom

8:05 a.m.

The Most Rev. Robert J. Carlson

Archbishop of St. Louis

Opening Remarks

Grand Ballroom


8:15 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.

Rev. James Mason, J.D.

Christian Virtue in the Professional Life

Grand Ballroom


9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

Kurt Martens, J.C.D

Canon Law and the Catholic Lawyer

Grand Ballroom


10:15 a.m.



10:30a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Ann M. Scarlett, Esq.

Perspectives on the Upcoming Supreme Court Term

Grand Ballroom

11:30 a.m.- 12:30 a.m.

Roger Severino, Esq.

Federal Update: Conscience and Religious Freedom Protections in Health and Human Services.

Grand Ballroom

12:30 a.m.

Lunch (Box Lunch available until 1:30 p.m.) 

Grand Ballroom


Rosary at 7:30 a.m. Friday and Saturday

Mass, Reconciliation and Eucharistic Adoration Available at St. Joseph Parish

Friday Afternoon, October 4, 2019

1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.

Kevin C. Walsh, Esq.

What Kind of Law Will It Take to Overturn Roe v. Wade in the Short Term?

Grand Ballroom


2:30 p.m.- 3:30 p.m.

Eric Kniffin, Esq.

Recent Developments in Religious Liberty Litigation

Grand Ballroom


3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.

John Kindschuh, Esq.

Catholic Faith in Personal Adversity

Grand Ballroom


4:45 p.m.

Cocktail Reception

Grand Ballroom

6:00 p.m.

Msg. Charles Pope

Keynote Address (Public Invited)

Grand Ballroom


7:00 p.m.

Dinner on you own


Saturday, October 5, 2019

8:00 a.m.

Registration Table Opens

Grand Ballroom

8:30 a.m.- 9:30 a.m.

Timothy Belz, Esq.

Religious Liberty and Municipal Legislation

Grand Ballroom

9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

Timothy E. Wichmer, Esq.

Immigration Law and Catholic Moral Principles

Grand Ballroom

10:30a.m.-11:30 a.m.

Samuel Gregg, D.Phil.

Reason, Faith, and the Law

Grand Ballroom

12:30 p.m.



12:45 p.m.

General Assembly with Box Lunch

Election of 2020 Committees and Directors

Grand Ballroom

1:45 p.m.

Committee Meetings

Grand Ballroom

3:00 p.m.

Free Time


6:30 p.m.  to

8:30 p.m.


Gloria Purvis

Closing Address

Grand Ballroom

Sunday, October 6, 2019:  RED MASS: 10:00 a.m. at Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis

There is so much to do in St. Lou’

Forest Park Attractions (can be accessed via hotel shuttle)

St Louis Zoo: This zoo is “America’s top free attraction and best zoo” 10 Best.com          https://www.stlzoo.org/

St. Louis Art Museum: The museum is in one of the original 1904 World’s Fair buildings.  It is free and special exhibits are free on Fridays.  https://www.slam.org/

St. Louis Science Center: Named one of the top 5 science centers in the country.  https://www.slsc.org/

Forest Park: The park is an attraction, too. See details on website. https://www.forestparkforever.org/visit

More things to see and do

Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis http://cathedralstl.org/

City Museum https://www.citymuseum.org/

Gateway Arch Complex https://www.nps.gov/jeff/planyourvisit/museum-at-the-gateway-arch.htm

Magic House https://www.magichouse.org/

Missouri Botanical Gardens http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/

Laumeier Sculpture Park http://www.laumeiersculpturepark.org/

National Museum of Transportation https://transportmuseumassociation.org/

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