OSBA Leadership Academy accepting applications

CONTACT: Kenneth Brown – 800-282-6556 or 614-487-4426

Columbus, Ohio (Oct. 22, 2012) - The Ohio State Bar Association is accepting applications from Ohio lawyers for the fourth class of its Leadership Academy, which is designed to identify future leaders in the legal community and provide them with support and training.

The OSBA initiated the Leadership Academy to help prepare young lawyers to become leaders in their communities and in the legal profession. This program familiarizes participants with the vast resources of the OSBA, introduces them to the broader legal community and provides them with enhanced leadership skills. 
Specifically, the OSBA Leadership Academy seeks to:

  • Identify and train lawyers for future opportunities for leadership in the OSBA, the profession and in the community;
  • Nurture effective leadership with respect to ethical, professional and community service issues;
  • Raise the level of awareness among lawyers regarding the broad range of issues facing the legal profession and to build relationships among legal leaders across the state and experience levels; and
  • Create a cadre of lawyers on which the OSBA, state and local government entities, local bar associations and community organizations can call for leadership and service.

This interactive leadership training program is conducted during a seven-month period. Sessions cover issues such as leadership, ethics and professionalism; state and local government; access to justice; community service, economic development; etc. Participants identify their particular leadership styles and learn leadership skills best suited to them. They become problem solvers and effective lawyer leaders. Speakers and mentors include leaders from the bench and bar, state and local government and the community. At least 12 credit hours of continuing legal education are available for the program. At the conclusion of the program, participants are asked to prepare an individual leadership plan based on their experiences in the Academy.

Class size for Academy programs is limited to 24 lawyers. Candidates must be in practice at least five years but fewer than 12 years. Invitation to the Leadership Academy is made by the president of the Association upon nomination. Selection is based on many factors, including stated commitment to the goals of the Academy; demonstrated involvement with legal and civic communities, and diversity (geographic, gender, ethnic, racial, age, disability, etc.).

Click here for criteria details and applications. The deadline for applications is Nov. 28, 2012.




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