D.C. Bar Seeks Applicants for 2020 John Payton Leadership Academy

By Jeffery Leon

January 30, 2020


At the request of several interested applicants, the D.C. Bar is extending the application deadline for its re-envisioned John Payton Leadership Academy to close of business Thursday, February 6.

Inaugurated in 2013 and named for former D.C. Bar president John Payton, the interactive training program will equip attorneys with the tools they need to excel in their practice, thrive and succeed in fast-paced environments, and lead in their communities. The 2020 Leadership Academy will be held between March 20 and May 29.

The training will include three onsite sessions, two webinars or conference calls, one pro bono service commitment, and several distance learning assignments. A key update in this year’s Leadership Academy is that the program will be taught by lawyers for lawyers.

“The enhanced program builds on the previous John Payton Leadership Academy programming, maintaining its beneficial lessons while ensuring [it] fulfills the needs of the membership in this fast-paced legal and business environment,” says Laurie Lyte of Lytehouse Solutions LLC who is serving as a consultant for this year’s academy.

Lyte says the academy will focus on essential leadership skills for lawyers, including “creating a vision, setting goals, building trust and relationships, communicating effectively, and working to bring the best out of colleagues and organizations.”

The academy is geared toward diverse legal professionals, from new associates to veteran attorneys, who would like to further their leadership skills and explore their potential as leaders within the D.C. Bar and other community organizations.

“Participants of the academy will have time to utilize and refine the skills they learn by applying [them] to their professional lives, with a chance to receive coaching and feedback as desired,” says Lyte.

Learn more about the John Payton Leadership Academy or email [email protected] for application details.