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  • Thursday, April 20, 2017
  • 4:00 PM–7:00 PM
  • Off Campus
  • 10.00 for non-CLPM members; FREE for CLPM members*

James Vanden Bosch will be our special guest.

*Non-members: $10 - includes light food and cash bar.
Members: Free - includes light food and one drink ticket.


The Calvin Law Professionals of Michigan invite you to our next gathering, welcoming James Vanden Bosch and enjoying The Rickhouse (upstairs meeting room) of Long Road Distillery.

When you register, you may also choose to become a sponsoring member of CLPM if you haven’t already done so.


4:00–5:15 p.m. Refreshments, networking
5:15–6:00 p.m. Introductions
James Vanden Bosch: The Absolute Phrase and the Second Amendment
6:00–7:00 p.m. Continued Networking

The Second Amendment, ratified in 1791, is introduced by an absolute phrase: "A well-regulated Militia being necessary to the security of a free State." Over the last hundred years or so, there has been a good deal of discussion of the grammatical and semantic role played by that introductory absolute phrase in relation to the main clause that follows: "the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed." A good part of that discussion focuses on the nature of the absolute phrase itself—its structure, as well as the variety of forms it can take, and its specific meaning in this amendment.

Calvin professor of English James Vanden Bosch, the college’s resident grammarian, has been doing careful research on the intent of an absolute phrase like the one we find in the Second Amendment. What did such a phrase signify during the time it was written?

CLPM Leadership

Charles Ash,

Lisa Buursma,

Nate Plantinga,

Perrin Rynders,

Michael Ter Beek,


The $50 annual contributing membership assists the new CLPM in sponsoring events, inviting speakers and hosting pre-law students.

We intend to sponsor three CLPM events each year, provide a directory of CLPM members (to contributors), send regular updates on Calvin's pre-law program and get input on CLPM plans for supporting Calvin's pre-law program.


Please contact any CLPM member or Mike Van Denend (, 616-526-7068), Calvin Alumni Association.


The registration deadline has passed.


  • Long Road Distillers (upstairs meeting room)
  • 537 Leonard NW
  • Grand Rapids, MI
  • 49504


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