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.

2020 Program Overview

January 10: Flourishing as a Lawyer: Communication is Key
February 5: Networking Night
February 14: Communication and Personality Styles
March 14: Getting Involved in the Community (Board Service, etc.)
March: Special Social Event
April: Community Service Project
April 11: Advocacy - Life is One Big Negotiation
May 9: Choosing Your Path
May 16: Networking Night
June 6: Business Development/Marketing
June: Community Service Project
July 11: Mental Health/Finding Your Place in This World/Keeping Things Together
August 8: Bar Leadership/Secrets to Success
August 8: Graduation Event

Small Groups

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

Apply Now!

We are accepting applications for the 2021 Barrister Leadership Program class. Click here to download the application. Application deadline is noon on Monday, November 2, 2020.


What do our graduates have to say about the Barrister Leadership Program? Click here to read some of their testimonials.

2020 Class

Josef Asfoura
Ohio Attorney General
Bridjette Brown
Franklin County Department of Job and Family Services
Lizbeth Chavez
Ohio Attorney General
Abigail Chin
Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP
Holly Cline
The Tyack Law Firm Co., L.P.A.
Kevin Hidas
DHL Supply Chain
Matthew Karam
Ohio Attorney General
Stephanie Klupinski
Buckeye Community Hope Foundation
Valeriya Kryvokolinska
Friedman & Mirman Co., L.P.A.
John Markus
Leeseberg & Valentine
Kristin Pe
Ohio Attorney General
Brandi Pikes
Bricker & Eckler LLP
Rachel Rinehardt
Crabbe Brown & James LLP
Rachel Smoot
Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP
Morgan Tendam
Ohio Attorney General
Krista Warren
Brennan Manna & Diamond LLC
Taylor Waters
Madison & Rosan LLP
Rachel Wenning
Barkan Meizlish DeRose Wentz McInerney Peifer, LLP
Joseph Wheeler
Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP