Barrister Leadership Program

Open to attorneys with five 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.

2018 Program Overview

January 11: Flourishing as a Lawyer: Communication is Key
January 18: Happy Hour
February 7: Community Service Project: WSYX-TV Ask A Lawyer Program
February 8: Communication and Personality Styles
February 14: Community Service Project: WSYX-TV Ask A Lawyer Program
February 21: Community Service Project: WSYX-TV Ask A Lawyer Program
March 8: Getting Involved in the Community (Board Service, etc.)
March (date TBD): Special Social Event
April (date TBD): Community Service Project
April 12: Advocacy - Life is One Big Negotiation
May 10: Choosing Your Path
May 17: Happy Hour
June 7: Business Development/Marketing
June (date TBD): Community Service Project
July 12: Mental Health/Finding Your Place in This World/Keeping Things Together
August 9: Bar Leadership/Secrets to Success
August 9: 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

2017 Class

Rebecca Bradley
Luftman Heck & Associates, LLP
Cedric Collins
Ohio Department of Youth Services
Stuart Coombs
Morrow Gordon and Byrd
Jay Dixon
Agee Clymer Mitchell & Portman
Johnna Evans
Isaac Wiles Burkholder & Teetor LLC
Kelsey Hackem
Court of Claims of Ohio
Lauren Kemp
Kemp Schaeffer & Rowe Co., LPA
Susan Kim
Thompson Hine LLP
Colleen Koehler
Law Offices of Russell A. Kelm
Jacob Levine
Meganne Piccione
Nationwide Mutual Insurance
Daniel Porembski
Tal Simon
Bailey Cavalieri LLC
Natasha Szalacinski
Barnes & Thornburg, LLP
Justin VanHouten
Mowery Youell & Galeano Ltd.
Molly Werhan
Kegler Brown Hill + Ritter
Madison Whalen
Roetzel & Andress LPA