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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) 638-2277 or by email at