Leadership Academy


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. 

More Information

If you would like to nominate a member of The Missouri Bar for the 2014–2015 Leadership Academy class, please provide the nominee’s name, address, and telephone number, along with a brief description of his or her leadership activities and leadership skills. You may use the online nomination form, or send the information to Lucas Boling, Leadership Academy Coordinator, by email leadershipacademy@mobar.org or fax 573-634-5804. Nominations must be received by Friday, May 2, 2014. If you have questions, please call Lucas at 573-638-2276.