Group Discussion Guide: Redeeming Law

Lesson 1 — Biblical Justice

  1. “Not all of us are called to poverty law, but I believe all of us are called to be concerned about justice for the poor,” says Steve.

    • Reflect on your experience in law school and in the practice of law. How is justice defined in these contexts? How do you define justice?

    • Steve casts a vision of law as the practice of removing obstacles that stand people and shalom. Think about your own practice. Where is there opportunity to restore shalom that has been vandalized, particularly among the poor and oppressed?
       

  2. Read Luke 10:25–37. In this parable, the scribe of the law tries to trip Jesus up by re-defining the meaning of the word “neighbor” (typical lawyer!). We might try to excuse ourselves by arguing that our specific area of law does not concern the poor, but neither Jesus nor Steve will let us off the hook.

    • Every sphere of law is an opportunity for God’s people. Where do you have the ability to provide access to justice, especially for the indigent, in your area of law?

    • If we get creative, there are many ways in which Christian lawyers can build “bridges to shalom” in our communities—doing pro bono work for an indigent client, volunteering your time and expertise at legal aid organizations, and billing at rates that are reasonable and fair. What is one concrete policy that you can adopt to attack the “crisis of justice” Steve alludes to here?