Barrister Leadership Program
Open to attorneys with ten or fewer years of practice, the Barrister Leadership Program develops leadership skills, provides networking opportunities with leaders in the central Ohio legal community and advises on building a successful law practice and career.
The program, which runs from January through August each year, consists of classroom sessions, interactive exercises, small group projects, community service, and networking/social events. Applications are available in late August and are typically due back to the selection committee in mid-October.
Sample Program Overview
January: Flourishing as a Lawyer: Communication is Key
February: Networking Night
February: Communication and Personality Styles
March: Getting Involved in the Community (Board Service, etc.)
March: Special Social Event
April: Community Service Project
April: Advocacy - Life is One Big Negotiation
May: Choosing Your Path
May: Networking Night
June: Business Development/Marketing
June: Community Service Project
July: Mental Health/Finding Your Place in This World/Keeping Things Together
August: Bar Leadership/Secrets to Success
August: Graduation Event
A large part of the Barrister Leadership Program is developing professional, social, and altruistic skills, as well as a strong personal network of colleagues. To help, all participants are assigned to a small group.
Outside of the monthly sessions, community service projects and social events scheduled by the program coordinator, small groups are asked to get together at least once during each month of the Program. Groups meet for breakfast, coffee, lunch, happy hour, etc. Some groups a CBA event together while others volunteer at a community service or pro bono event.
Representatives from each group give a brief report at monthly meetings and many of the groups go on to maintain a regular meeting schedule well after members have graduated from the Barrister Leadership Program.
For more information about the Columbus Bar's Barrister Leadership Program, please contact Donna Sweet at (614) 340-2062 or [email protected].