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Leadership Academy

The nomination period for the 2015-2016 Leadership Academy class has closed. Application packets were mailed to all nominees on May 19 and are due no later than June 30. If you are a nominee and did not receive an application packet or have questions, please contact Cindy Neagle by phone at (573) 638-2277 or by email at cneagle@mobar.org.

About The Leadership Academy

The Leadership Academy's mission is to recruit, train, and retain Missouri attorneys who have been admitted for ten years or less for leadership positions in the Missouri Bar. The academy seeks diversity in gender, race, area of practice, and region within the state. The academy anticipates that bringing in attorneys from underrepresented arenas will broaden and strengthen the Missouri Bar.

Members of each year's Leadership Academy class participate in the Missouri Bar Annual Meeting, Board of Governors meetings, committee meetings, and workshops specifically designed for the Leadership Academy. For one year, the members work closely with bar leaders to learn more about the Missouri Bar, cultivate leadership skills, and develop a public service project. Members take full responsibility for completing their public service project before the end of the class year. At the end of the year, members commit to serve the Missouri Bar in an active capacity for two years. The Missouri Bar pays for all expenses associated with the program.

The Leadership Academy was developed under the leadership of former Bar President Michael P. Gunn and Dana Tippin Cutler. The inaugural class was selected in the year 2000.

If you have any questions about the Missouri Bar Leadership Academy or if you need to report updates or mistakes on the Leadership Academy pages of this website, please contact Cindy Neagle by phone at (573) 635-4128 or by email at cneagle@mobar.org.

Purpose

The Leadership Academy of The Missouri Bar was developed under the leadership of former Bar President Michael P. Gunn and Dana Tippin Cutler. The Academy encourages diversity among the leadership of The Missouri Bar by recruiting and targeting young or recent admittees (under age 40 or less than 10 years of practice) to the Bar who are already outstanding leaders in their communities for participation in the program and a commitment to work for the Bar. 

Participant Diversity

The Leadership Academy seeks diversity in gender, race, area of practice, and locality of practice. The Academy program anticipates that bringing in attorneys from under-represented arenas will broaden and strengthen The Missouri Bar.

Nominating Candidates

Academy participants are nominated by attorneys, their firms or coworkers, and local or specialty bars. Generally, each class is limited to twelve or fewer members to ensure the goals of the program. After the close of nominations, all nominees will receive applications that they must complete and return to The Missouri Bar. Applicants accepted into the Leadership Academy will be notified after the Selection Committee makes its determination.   

Training & Participation

The participants complete a leadership training portion of the program that includes an in-depth tour of The Missouri Bar Center in Jefferson City; meeting with various members of The Missouri Bar staff; meeting with Bar Committee Chairs; and meeting with and attending meetings of the Board of Governors. Between September and July, the participants attend workshops focusing on leadership development and completion of a group service project. Travel expenses are paid by The Missouri Bar.

Future Bar Involvement

Upon completion of the group service project, each member of the Academy commits to two additional years of active service in The Missouri Bar. Past Leadership Academy members have served on the Board of Governors, as committee leaders, as YLS Council members, as MoBarCLE volunteer speakers and authors, and as active Missouri Bar committee members. 

Leadership Academy Alumni

More Information

The nomination period for the 2015-2016 Leadership Academy class has closed. Application packets were mailed to all nominees on May 19 and are due no later than June 30. If you are a nominee and did not receive an application packet or have questions, please contact Cindy Neagle by phone at (573) 638-2277 or by email at cneagle@mobar.org.