2022 Leadership Academy

Friday, January 21, 2022

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2022 Leadership Academy

January 21 – May 20, 2022

Applications due by November 15, 2021

Why Participate Who Should Apply What to Expect Apply Now

Inspire. Educate. Lead.

The D.C. Bar John Payton Leadership Academy is an intensive training program designed to help D.C. Bar members hone their leadership skills and develop pathways of professional leadership through involvement with the Bar and other organizations.

The John Payton Leadership Academy Experience

The Leadership Academy experience is designed for any D.C. Bar member interested in enhancing their leadership skills, from new associates to veteran attorneys. Watch this video to learn more about the program and hear from academy alumni.

Program Schedule

  • January 21, 2022: Meet and Greet w/Leadership Journey (Virtual)
  • February 18 – Using Strengths in Your Journey (Virtual)
  • March 11 – Onsite Program (In-Person)  
  • April 8 – Onsite Program (In-Person)  
  • May 20 – Onsite Program (In-Person)

Tuition & Scholarships

Tuition for each participant is $1,500. Tuition for accepted participants is due by January 5, 2022. Tuition is nonrefundable after attendance at the first session.

Limited scholarships and/or a reduced fee may be available to public-interest attorneys or those with demonstrated need.

Sponsorship Opportunities

For sponsorship opportunities for the Leadership Academy or future D.C. Bar programs and events, contact Ben Anderson at 410-584-1951 or [email protected].

Contact Us

Any questions about the Leadership Academy or the application process should be directed to Laurie Lyte at [email protected].


Why Participate

  • Increase self-awareness of your leadership style and skillsets and use your strengths to jumpstart future success
  • Develop and finetune your leadership skills, including how to inspire others, create a vision, build trust, and communicate effectively.  
  • Learn how to work with others in a way that brings out the best in people and organizations
  • Use your leadership skills to make a difference in your community and deepen your engagement with the D.C. Bar and other organization you serve.
  • Network with other emerging leaders in the D.C. Bar community in an intimate learning environment.

Who Should Apply

The Leadership Academy experience is designed for any D.C. Bar member interested in enhancing their leadership skills, including everyone from new associates to veteran attorneys.

The 2022 class will be limited to 24 participants representing diverse backgrounds, practice settings, and practice areas.

You should consider applying if you are:

  • A current D.C. Bar Member
  • Interested in developing your leadership skills
  • Interested in getting more involved as a leader within the D.C. Bar, other organizations, or the D.C. legal community
  • Can commit to participating fully in the program, including 3 all-day in-person sessions and two webinars.  

Apply Now


What to Expect

The Leadership Academy is an intensive and interactive learning experience designed and taught by lawyers, focusing on the essential leadership skills that resonate in the legal profession.

The program will cover a variety of leadership skills such as inspiring others, creating a vision, defining success, setting goals, building trust, communicating effectively, building relationships, and working with others to bring out the best in people and organizations.

The Leadership Academy is not your average seminar. Swaths of paper line the walls as students engage in brainstorming and strategy sessions to determine their leadership techniques. How can you lead with integrity? How do you run an effective meeting? How do you use everyone’s strengths to create a quality team? Team-building exercises get competitive as students work collaboratively in small groups. Throughout the three classroom sessions, participants meet with both D.C. Bar and community leaders, who inspire the group with their leadership insights and life experiences.

In addition, participants of the Leadership Academy spend half a day gaining hands-on experience working at the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center’s Advice and Referral Clinic, which helps low-income District of Columbia residents navigate the legal system.

Leadership Academy 2022 Schedule

  • January 21, 2022: Meet and Greet w/Leadership Journey (Virtual)
  • February 18 – Using Strengths in Your Journey (Virtual)
  • March 11 – Onsite Program (In-Person)  
  • April 8 – Onsite Program (In-Person)  
  • May 20 – Onsite Program (In-Person)  

Apply Now

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