The D.C. Bar is accepting applications from Bar members interested in joining the 2014 class of its Leadership Academy.
Over the course of three full-day sessions, which will be held March 7, 28, and April 25, 2014, participants will tackle a variety of challenges to hone their strengths while identifying their weaknesses. In addition, students will connect with prominent D.C. Bar leaders, learn to collaborate during team-building exercises, and develop the skills needed to be effective leaders throughout their careers.
The Bar seeks approximately 25 Bar member from diverse backgrounds, practice settings, experience levels, and practice areas to join the academy. Launched in 2013, the Leadership Academy aims to identify, inspire, and educate Bar members to be leaders of the Bar and to encourage them to use their leadership skills in professional settings, local bar associations, and community organizations.
The inaugural class was a success. “It’s like a little family,” says Maria G. Mendoza of the sixteen-member class that she graduated with in April. Mendoza is a staff attorney for D.C. Law Students in Court. Many graduates noted that they quickly applied the different strategies they learned in their careers.
“I am certain that my fellow inaugural class members would join me in saying that we are now even that much more prepared for the tasks that are ahead of the D.C. Bar [and equipped to become] a deeper friend to the community and support of the legal profession,” says graduate Charles Anthony McCullough II.
The academy’s curriculum includes an overview of the D.C. Bar, including its mission and strategic plan, and covers topics such as leadership styles, communication skills and styles, influence and persuasion, teamwork and consensus building, how to conduct effective meetings, problem solving and strategic thinking, civility and professionalism, and leadership skills in action. The program also includes a half-day session at the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Program’s Advice and Referral Clinic.
Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, December 6, 2013. Successful applicants will be notified by Friday, January 10, 2014. Attendance at all sessions is mandatory. For more information on how to apply and to download the application form, visit www.dcbar.org, keyword “leadership academy.”