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

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 [email protected].

Apply Now

Applications are currently being accepted for the 2022 Barrister Leadership Program class. Click here to download the application. Applications are due by October 22, 2021.


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

2021 Class

Arlene Boruchowitz
Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP
Natalie Bryans
Crabbe Brown & James LLP
Lauren Chisner
Tyler Compton
Bricker & Eckler LLP
Gregory Dick
Supreme Court of Ohio
Mary Erney
Robert D. Erney & Associates
Geoff Jones
Jones Law Firm
Julia Lawrence
Mowery Youell & Galeano Ltd.
C. Awele Nwajei
Eastman & Smith Ltd.
Brittany Pace Stephen
Bailey Cavalieri LLC
Luke Shaffer
Joseph and Joseph
Angelina Vega
National Veterans Memorial And Museum
Matthew Zofchak
Kegler, Brown, Hill + Ritter