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.

2019 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


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

2019 Class

Joshua Cartee
Ohio Attorney General's Office
Scott Thomas Ciszewski
Artz Dewhirst & Wheeler
Jason Cox
Barkan Meizlish LLP
Angela Frost
L Brands Inc
Ian Gaunt
Ohio Attorney General's Office
Christopher Green
Crabbe Brown & James
David Ingram
Ohio Board of Embalmers & Funeral Directors
Sara Katz
Ohio Department of Education
Steven Katz
Law Office of Steven M Katz LLC
Sarah Pomeroy
Jones Day
Mazen Abdel Rasoul
Rasoul Law Office
Elizabeth Sams
Law Office of Jeffrey B. Sams LLC
Melissa Santiago
Vorys Sater Seymour and Pease
Jhay Spottswood
Bricker & Eckler LLP
Brandi Staley
Kitrick Lewis & Harris Co LPA
Hillary Tigerina
Columbus Bar Association
Ian Vita
The Law Firm of Ian Vita