Bar Leadership Institute

Applications now being accepted through June 23. 

Program Overview

The Bar Leadership Institute (BLI) 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.

Since its inception in 2007, the BLI has prepared more than 100 diverse attorneys for leadership positions within the Bar and the community-at-large. Program sessions cover a variety of topics including leadership development, ethics and career development and include conversations with judges, government attorneys, in house counsels and executives.  Each participant in the class of approximately 15 students receives:

  • 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 with active status with the State Bar of Arizona.  Program fee is $250; fee waivers are available for participants with a demonstrated financial need. Upon completion of the BLI, participants commit to two years participation in a State Bar committee or section or other professional association or community organization.

For more information, please click on the "Program and Application Information" tab on the right.

Here's what graduates say about the BLI: 

"This program was an incredible opportunity to meet a wide variety of leaders in the Arizona legal community.  What other program can offer you the leadership training and opportunity to network with Supreme Court Justices, general counsels and prosecutors in an intimate setting."

"There is nothing else like it. It expands our vision beyond our immediate work to remind/inspire us to consider ourselves not just as attorneys but as community leaders."

"The information and experience was invaluable. I have had many leadership doors opened because of this experience."

BLI Graduates in the News

Jessica Sanchez, Class of 2013 and Freddy Saavedra, Class of 2017, have been selected to receive the prestigious "HNBA Top Lawyers under 40" Award by the Hispanic National Bar Association.  This award honors accomplished lawyers who have demonstrated professional excellence, integrity, leadership, commitment to the Hispanic community and dedication to improving the legal profession. Congratulations Jessica and Freddy!

Laine Sklar, Class of 2015 was appointed Town Magistrate for the Town of Marana. Sklar is Marana's first female Town Magistrate. 

K Royal, Class of 2008, received the Member of the Year Award from the Association of Corporate Counsel.  K was selected from from more than 40, 000 fellow members for her exceptional contributions and dedication to the Association. 

Alison Bachus, Class of 2010, was appointed to the Maricopa County Superior Court by Governor Doug Ducey.

Diandra Benally, Class of 2010, was named General Counsel for the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation, the first woman ever appointed to that position.


Congratulations to the Class of 2015-2016!

  2015-16 Class Picture



BLI 2016-17 Sponsors

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