Welcome to CLASFON

A New Legal Profession Anchored on Christ

Christian Lawyers’ Fellowship of Nigeria (CLASFON) is registered under Part C (Incorporated Trustees) of the Corporate Affairs Commission as a faith based non-governmental organization for Christian lawyers and Law graduates in Nigeria. The acronym CLASFON is also used to denote Christian Law Students Fellowship of Nigeria. This meaning is exercised at the Associate level, which are students of Faculty of law in Nigerian Institution accredited by NUC. The fellowship drew its inspiration from the Lawyers Christian Fellowship (LCF) which started in England in 1852. This vision was received in the Nigerian Law School in Lagos in 1979. CLASFON officially started in 1981 when eleven persons met in Kaduna on the invitation of a young lawyer called George Ogunyomi who later became its pioneer General secretary. This was the first gathering of Christian lawyers in Nigeria beyond the law School. The plan for the start of the fellowship had earlier started at the Nigerian Law School Lagos 1979/80 set.
  • Officially started in 1981

    CLASFON officially started in 1981 when eleven persons met in Kaduna on the invitation of a young lawyer called George Ogunyomi who later became its pioneer General secretary.
  • HISTORY

    The fellowship drew its inspiration from the Lawyers Christian Fellowship (LCF) which started in England in 1852. This vision was received in the Nigerian Law School in Lagos in 1979.

More about CLASFON

CLASFON has been involved with some mission works that goes interndem with its aims and objectives. The various Directorates have been involved in many events with organizations of government and NGOs. Such activities as;

  1. Distribution of relieve materials and Trauma counseling for the IDPs in Abuja with the collaboration of National Emergency Agency(NEMA).
  2. Free distribution of Bible Devotionals (In the Secret place) in Nigerian prisons annually.
  3. CLASFON has been organizing workshops and Symposium for Church leaders across the country with a view to creating awareness on legal issues in the country as it affects the church/Christians
  4. CLASFON has been representing the church/Christian community in Nigeria in the defense and protection of religious liberty.
  5. CLASFON is involved in pro bono defence of indigent accused persons whether in prison custody or outside undergoing trial.
  6. Prison visitation has become a regular program in CLASFON activities.
  7. The fellowship is deeply interested in the students work and has been participating effectively in the various activities of the students both at local chapter and national level.
    1. The reintroduction of the Quiz and annual moot court competition during the students conference.
    2. The introduction of Directorates breakup sessions during the students’ conference.
    3. CLASFON branches are active in the Law School fellowship activities near them as well as the universities fellowship.

In CLASFON, we believe the law is a vital arena for witness and discipling. We are committed to the true Gospel of Jesus Christ and our meetings, fellowships are meant to enhance our spiritual and professional actions as well as provide a forum for encouraging one another. It is better experienced than imagined. Join us at any of our Branches nationwide. CLASFON. A new legal profession anchored on Christ.

The Vision of CLASFON is anchored on its aims and objectives which among other things are;

  1. Projecting the image of Christ through the practice of the legal profession in a way that glorifies God.
  2. Working as a mission with a firm commitment to speaking effectively about the Gospel and its impact on problems of law and society.
  3. To practice our vocation as part of our calling from God.
  4. To support law students who are Christians.
  5. To provide spiritual, moral and financial support for ex-convicts who have come in contact with the saving grace of our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ.
  6. To encourage prayers for all persons concerned with the legal profession.
  7. To diligently pursue the path of truth, justice, honour and integrity in the legal profession and the larger society.
  8. To strive for the highest professional ethics in the practice of law.
  9. To provide for the exchange of information and experience relating to the practical problems of the Christian Lawyer and the application of the principles of the Christian faith to the current legal and social problems through;
    1. Publication and
    2. Organizing fellowship meetings, national and regional conferences, lectures and other suitable activities.
 

The fellowship drew its inspiration from the Lawyers Christian Fellowship (LCF) which started in England in 1852. This vision was received in the Nigerian Law School in Lagos in 1979. CLASFON officially started in 1981 when eleven persons met in Kaduna on the invitation of a young lawyer called George Ogunyomi who later became its pioneer General secretary. This was the first gathering of Christian lawyers in Nigeria beyond the law School. The plan for the start of the fellowship had earlier started at the Nigerian Law School Lagos 1979/80 set. The first national conference of the Fellowship was held in Kaduna in 1981, and the leadership structure emerged. The following has served as its past presidents;

Dr. Wole Olufun – 1981 – 1987
 
Dr. Chimioke Mbadinuju- 1987 – 1991
 
Chief Charles Membere – 1991 – 1993
 
Hon. Peter Jiya – 1994 – 1999
 
Prof. Bankole Sodipo – 1999 – 2005
 
Hon. Jonathan Kish Adamu – 2005 – 2008
 
Mr. Chinwo A. J. Chinwo – 2008 – 2011
 
Mr. Sunny Abayomi Akanni – 2011 – 2014
 
Mr. Alozie C. Echeonwu – 2014 – 2017
 
Mr. Arome M. Okwori – 2017 – Date
  CLASFON has been organizing annual National Conferences since 1981 in various cities across the Federation. Recently, the Fellowship has adopted Regional settings, thereby creating avenue for the first regional conferences that took place in 2012; Jos hosted for Northern Region, Ilorin hosted South Western Region while the other two regions of South South and South East could not hold that year. In 2015, the second regional conferences held in Lokoja for Northern Region, Yenagoa for South South Region, Onitsha for the South East and Oshogbo for the South West Region respectively.   CLASFON is also affiliated to Advocates Africa which is the umbrella Christian lawyers’ body in Africa with its headquarters at Addis-Ababa, and the Advocates International with its headquarters in the USA.   The Advocate Africa Conference is held biannually, and CLASFON has hosted the conference twice so far; 1999 in Lagos and 2011 in Abuja. There are about 40 branches spread across the Federation. The branches are shared into 4 regions; Northern Region, South South Region, South East Region and South West Region for proper administrative operation and efficiency. The regions are headed by a regional coordinator for each. The regional coordinators are automatic members of the National Executive Council (NEC).   The branches meets at least once in a month for her fellowship, and it also carries out activities such as Prison Visitation, Free legal services, Symposium/Seminar with church leaderships, etc in line with the aims and Objectives of the fellowship.   The President-in-Council (PiC) is the highest decision making body of the fellowship, It meets three times in a year in different places across the regions and plan for the soul and wellbeing of the fellowship. The statutory members for this meeting are:  
  • National Executive Council (NEC).
 
  • All branch chairmen and Secretaries.
 
  • Immediate past National President and Secretary.
 
  • National Directorates coordinators and their secretary.
 

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