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Advancing the Kingdom while Practicing Law with David Hazelton

July 31, 2018

1:36– About my specialty in my field
4:10– How did God lead you into a ministry through law instead of a traditional vocational ministry?
6:36– What does “advancing the Kingdom” look like to you in the context of practicing law?
10:58– As an attorney, have you ever had a tension between your faith and your profession?
14:26– A word of encouragement
15:58– What is it like being in a large firm with a lot of people that don’t share the same worldview? How do you try to influence and effect the culture of your firm as it relates to your faith?
18:33– What is the best piece of advice you ever received and who gave it to you?
22:00– What advice would you give the 20-year-old you?
24:02– My other passion
27:20– the 4:23 Question

Dave’s professional background is in the law and business. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, where he graduated with honors and was selected as an editor of the Michigan Law Review. After clerking on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, Dave joined Latham & Watkins LLP in 1982. During his 35 years at the firm, Latham has grown into one of the nation’s largest law firms with over 2000 attorneys in over 30 cities worldwide. He is a senior partner in the firm’s litigation department and heads up a practice group representing corporations that do business with U.S. government agencies. He specializes in complex government contracts litigation.

While his day job is in the law, Dave’s passion is teaching Sunday School and leading Bible studies in his home, church and workplace. Dave began teaching Sunday School over 40 years ago near Detroit, where he and his family had attended Trinity Baptist Church. At Trinity, he met Beky Adams, his high school sweetheart and now wife of nearly 40 years. In 1982, Dave took a job in Washington, D.C. He and Beky moved to Virginia where they raised three wonderful children–Rex, Peter, and Katie. For over 30 years, he has taught Sunday School at Cornerstone Evangelical Free Church as well as hosted a weekly Bible Study with Beky in their home. He currently is an elder at Cornerstone and is also active in cross-cultural ministry.

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