The 2021-22 session schedule is below. Attendance will be limited to no more than 20 people, including the class and faculty. We will make every effort to hold the sessions in person, but sessions may be held virtually. Final decisions will be made at least three (3) weeks prior to each session. Sessions begin at 8:30 a.m. and conclude by 4:30 p.m. All sessions are in the Phoenix metro area except for the overnight retreat, which will be held in Tubac, AZ if the session is not virtual.
The Bar Leadership Institute is a selective program designed to train the next generation of Bar members and community leaders. Participants are provided with networking opportunities, training and education, community awareness and other skills necessary to benefit the diverse communities in which they work, live and serve.
The BLI has three components:
- Training and Education - Nine leadership training and legal practice education sessions beginning in September.
- Community Service Project - The class prepares and executes a community service project. Time will be set aside during the sessions for completion of most of the project, but participants may need to communicate or meet outside of the sessions.
- Service - Upon completion of the BLI, participants commit to one year of service in a State Bar section, committee or working group, or other professional association or community organization.
Sessions begin at 8:30 a.m. and conclude by 4:30 p.m.
Please be advised that in the unlikely event a session is rescheduled students will be notified at least a month (and likely several months) in advance.
• September 11-12, 2021 – Virtual Retreat
• October 8, 2021
• November 4, 2021 (Evening Reception with BLI Advisory Group)
• November 5, 2021
• December 10, 2021
• January 14, 2022
• February 11, 2022
• March 4, 2022
• April 8, 2022
• May 18, 2022 - Graduation
Applicants must be an active member in good standing with the State Bar of Arizona and admitted to practice law in a U.S. jurisdiction for at least two (2) years. Eligibility is based on date of bar admission.
Applications are accepted May through June of each year. Applicants must complete an online application, which will be posted on the BLI webpage. Applicants must also submit at least one letter of recommendation that speaks to the applicant’s leadership skills, ability and potential. Applicants will be notified of their selection status in August.
The Bar Leadership Institute fee is $300. Fee waivers are available to those demonstrating financial need. Participants may request a fee waiver after acceptance into the program. The BLI Selection Committee reviews all fee waiver requests.
Participants receive up to two years of CLE credit. CLE credit will be uploaded to participant’s AzBar CLE tracking page.
Congratulations to the incoming class of 2021-2022!
Wilford Comer II
Cristina Perez Hesano
Janee Pousson Garcia
Here's what graduates say about BLI:
BLI in the News
Congratulations to Alfred Urbina, Class of 2010, on his appointment as Associate Judge for the Pasqua Yaqui Tribal Court. Judge Urbina is the fifth Yaqui Tribal member to sit on the Pascua Yaqui bench.
Congratulations to Leticia Marquez, Class of 2008, Benjamin Taylor, Class of 2010, Jessica Sanchez, Class of 2013, Doreen McPaul, Class of 2013 and Sandra Bensley, Class of 2016 on their election or appointment to the State Bar of Arizona's Board of Governors.
Bar Leadership Institute Turns 10 - Arizona Attorney Article
If you have questions or would like additional information, please contact:
Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Mentor, Diversity and Inclusion Administrative Assistant