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Annual Events

Leadership Academy Experience

At the end of three full-day sessions, participants of the John Payton Leadership Academy didn't just walk away with certificates in hand; they left with an experience. 

A Closer Look

In the upcoming months, the D.C. Bar will profile recent graduates of the Leadership Academy, offering personal insight into the Academy from various viewpoints, including government attorneys, public interest lawyers, solo practitioners, firm lawyers, and many others. 

Arian JuneArian June

Meet Arian June, counsel at WilmerHale LLP, who talks about attending the Leadership Academy and how much it meant to her that she was able to honor the legacy of one of her mentors, John Payton. Read her account of how the Academy has affected her both professionally and personally.




 Michelle BercoviciMichelle Bercovici

Read about Michelle Bercovici, senior associate at Alden Law Group, PLLC, who speaks about how she left the Leadership Academy with not only a new set of leadership skills she can apply in her career and as the chair-elect of the D.C. Bar Sections Council, but also a new group of friends she can look to in both professional and personal settings.  



In Their Own Words

Hear what some of the recent graduates have to say about their experience:

Leadership Academy 2014. Photo by Ben Zweig. “I have such a clearer understanding of what it means to be a true leader in the profession, and even more importantly, how to work with and within the community. The sessions on strategic planning have changed the way that I approach goals within voluntary organizations and at work. I am looking forward to putting these theories into practice.”

Michelle F. Bercovici

“I was not the only lawyer that had a unique career track. Many were like me—having spent time in courtrooms and then branched out to nonprofit work, solo practice, smaller firms, or unique practice areas within the government. I am confident that this cohort truly represents the best of the practice areas, life experiences, points of view, and ability to serve that the D.C. Bar has to offer.”

 Charles Anthony McCullough II 

“This greater self–awareness has shifted my perspective, as well as the emotional quality of my interactions and relationships with my coworkers, friends, and family. This experience has brought about new and positive opportunities into my life.”

Lisa R. Neuder 

For learn more about the John Payton Leadership Academy, see D.C. Bar Leadership Academy 2013: A Lifetime of Lessons, Washington Lawyer, July/August 2013.