The Bar Leadership Institute is a nine-month professional development program whose mission is to foster the professional growth and enhance the leadership skills of a diverse and inclusive group of lawyers.
The BLI seeks to increase participation and visibility among historically under-represented groups of lawyers, with an emphasis on racial, ethnic, cultural, religious, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability and geographic diversity. In 2009, the American Bar Association selected the Bar Leadership Institute to receive its prestigious Partnership Award.
Since its inception in 2007, the Bar Leadership Institute has prepared more than 100 diverse attorneys for leadership positions within the Bar and the community-at-large. Each participant in the class of approximately 15 students receives:
Attorneys selected to participate receive:
- Up to two years of CLE credit.
- Leadership training and legal practice education in an experiential and mentoring learning environment.
- Opportunities to foster relationships within the State Bar of Arizona, partner bar associations, government and community leaders.
Participation in the program is limited to attorneys licensed with the State Bar of Arizona with an "active" status.
There is a $250 fee to participate in the program. The State Bar of Arizona offers fee waivers to assist attorneys who are financially unable to pay the participation fee. Following the program, graduates must commit to one year of participation in the State Bar in some capacity (be it on a committee, section, or by special appointment), and/or participation in another bar association or community organization.
Program sessions cover a variety topics ranging from leadership development, ethics and career development, to conversations with judges, government attorneys, in-house counsel and executives. Sessions occur monthly from September through May. The September session is a two day weekend program in Phoenix.