Catholic Lawyers Offer Free Advice

On 22nd June, the Catholic Lawyers gathered together at the church of St Paul the Hermit, Batang Berjuntai, (Bestari Jaya) on the occasion of the feast of St Thomas More, the patron saint of the society.

In conjunction with the feast day and in line with our motto as Catholic Lawyers Society (CLS), and living out its faith through love and service, the Catholic lawyers chose to celebrate the feast of their patron, by way of service.

The lawyers attended mass together, celebrated by Reverend Father Edwin Paul, wherein he had already briefed the congregation about the lawyers being present to assist with any legal matters they may be facing.

After the mass and procession, the lawyers adjourned to the school in the compound of the church for a legal clinic, opened to all members of the parish. There were people streaming in for the next 3 hours, and they came forward to speak, seek counsel and solicit advice from the Catholic lawyers on different areas of the law. It was a good turn out by the members of the parish who came forward without reservation.

The CLS regularly organizes such events in churches in and around the Klang Valey so that members of the Catholic community who do not have direct access to lawyers or are apprehensive of seeking the services of a lawyer, have the opportunity to meet and discuss their legal problems without having to pay any fees.

The CLS ended the day in reflection of its Patron Saint, and the Lawyer’s prayer.

A Lawyer’s Prayer to St. Thomas More

I pray, for the glory of God and in the pursuit of His justice, that I, with You, St. Thomas More, may be trustworthy with confidences, keen in study, accurate in analysis, correct in conclusion, able in argument, loyal to clients, honest with all, courteous to adversaries, ever attentive to conscience.

Sit with me at my desk and listen with me to my clients’ tales. Read with me in my library and stand always beside me so that today I shall not, to win a point, lose my soul.

Pray for me, and with me, that my family may find in me what Your family found in You: friendship and courage, cheerfulness and charity, diligence in duties, counsel in adversity, patience in pain—their good servant, but God’s first.

Amen.

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