Bar Leadership Institute

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 one year 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.

2015 Program Schedule

Sessions generally begin at  8:30 am and conclude between 2 and 4:30 pm.  Attendance at each session is vital to gaining full benefit from the program.  Therefore, participants are expected to attend and participate in all sessions.  Below is the 2015 session schedule.  All sessions are held in the Phoenix metro area. 

  • Retreat - September 18-19
  • October 16 2015
  • November 13, 2015
  • December 4, 2015
  • January 22, 2016
  • February 19, 2016
  • March 18, 2016
  • April 22, 2016
  • May 6, 2016

BLI Graduates in the News

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.

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.


Congratulations to the Class of 2014-2015!

  Class of 2015

 BLI Sponsors 2015