The Center for Law and Culture began in the spring of 2001

Established in the spring of 2001, the Center for Law and Culture is an Illinois not-for-profit organization located on the campus of Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Illinois.

The Center for Law and Culture was launched in 1996 at Trinity International University (Deerfield, Illinois) as an academic institute by theologian Harold O.J. Brown and Professor Charles J. Emmerich. In late 1997 this institute, known as the Center for Law and Jurisprudence (CLJ), hosted a two-day consultation at TIU featuring a group of distinguished scholars, including theologian J.I. Packer, political-theorist J. Budziszewski, bio-ethicists Nigel Cameron and John Kilner, and law professors Phillip Johnson and Michael McConnell. The CLJ emerged from this consultation with a charter document and a renewed vision to engage culture in the strategic field of law. After a period of dormancy, Emmerich worked with several colleagues to revive the enterprise, giving rise to the Center for Law and Culture in the spring of 2001.