Bar Leadership Institute

Bar Leadership Institute

Program Overview

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.

Program Fee

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

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.

BLI Graduates in the News

Troy Larkin, Class of 2010, was featured in the ABA's Government and Public Lawyers Section newsletter. To read more about Troy, click here.

Juan Rocha (2010), Ray Ybarra Maldonado (2013) and Claudia Lopez (2015) participated in a informational session and legal assistance clinic hosted by the State Bar of Arizona and Univision Arizona. This program was organized to inform consumers, dispel myths and combat consumer fraud related to immigration law and deferred action.

Claudia Lopez (2015) participated in a program at the ABA Mid Year Conference: "Age of Innocence: A Look at Recent Immigration Cases Involving the Child Status Protection Act, Deferred Action and Unaccompanied Minors in Removal Proceedings."  Read more about the program here.





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