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.

Here's what graduates say about the BLI:

Bar Leadership Institute has helped me grow personally and professionally. I look forward to using what I learned during BLI and initiating positive change in my community. Alanna Duong, Class of 2016

Bar Leadership Institute offers critical access to Arizona business and Bar leaders. … I most enjoyed the opportunity to connect with talented and diverse like-minded practitioners. Pouria Paknejad, Class of 2016

Throughout the Bar Leadership Institute program, attendees are challenged to dig deeper and truly learn who they are at their core. I am proud to have been a member and, as an alumni, I take pride in recommending future participants who will go on to greatness. Troy Larkin, Class of 2010   

BLI Graduates in the News

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

Jason Barraza, Class of 2014 was selected to receive the prestigious "HNBA Top Lawyers Under 40 Award."  This annual award by the Hispanic National Bar Association recognizes attorneys who have not only distinguished themselves professionally but exemplify the highest ethical standards and commitment to their communities, the legal profession and HNBA's mission. 

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.


Congratulations to the Class of 2015-2016!

  2015-16 Class Picture



BLI Sponsors 2015

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