The State Bar’s Leadership Development Academy (LDA) empowers and develops lawyers to be informed, committed and involved so that they may fill significant leadership roles in local and state bar associations, Indiana communities and organizations, and serve as role models in matters of ethics and professionalism.
Participants will have the opportunity to engage with professional facilitators and prominent speakers with a wide variety of experiences and expertise. As they travel around the state, class members will hear presentations, listen to panel discussions, and participate in small group discussions with our faculty on leadership principles and techniques, how to use leadership skills in organizations to maximize efficiency and effectiveness, and the challenges and rewards of leadership in action.
Members of the faculty include Indiana Supreme Court justices and Court of Appeals and trial court judges; members of the executive and legislative branches of Indiana government; and prominent business and military leaders. Participants will earn at least 12 hours of CLE and 12 hours of NLS credits.
The LDA class of 2015 will be limited to 25 Indiana lawyers who have been admitted to practice for less than 15 years. Session dates are Jan. 22-24, Feb. 16-17, March 12-13, April 16-17 and May 14-16. Successful candidates are required to attend each entire session and must be willing to travel to various parts of the state for each session. Applicants must be members of the ISBA. The program fee is $1,450, which covers sessions, lodging, meals, snacks and CLE. Payment is due after successful candidates are notified. Scholarships are available for those demonstrating need. Applicants must supply the completed application, along with a current résumé, to Catheryne Pully at the ISBA office. Applications must be received by Nov. 7 and will be accepted in person, via mail (Indiana State Bar Association, One Indiana Square, Suite 530, Indianapolis, IN 46204, Attn: Catheryne Pully), or via email (firstname.lastname@example.org). Successful candidates will be notified by Dec. 1.
Session descriptions can be found below. The subject matter and faculty are tentative and subject to change. Dates are fairly firm but subject to change by a week or so.
Session 1 – Fort Harrison State Park
Session 1 will be Jan. 22-24 at Fort Harrison State Park in Indianapolis, where the class will focus on developing relationships among the participants – a necessity for effective leadership. The session begins with an informal reception Thursday evening, Jan. 22, which allows class members to meet and mingle with one another, faculty and members of the LDA planning committee, before the real work of the weekend begins. The environment allows participants to openly discuss difficult and sensitive issues conducive to civil dialogue in any leadership role. Jan. 23 will involve intense interactive activities guided by professional leadership training facilitators. Participants will develop the understanding and skills necessary for effective servant leadership in their communities and the legal profession. These skills include respecting and appreciating the opinions of many while continuing to work toward group consensus; understanding the differences in and the importance of learning styles and the decision-making process; and modeling servant leadership through practice and experiences against a backdrop of integrity and ethics.
Session 2 – Indianapolis
Session 2 is set for Feb. 16-17 in Indianapolis. This session focuses on local and state government, and the class will have the opportunity to get acquainted with some members of the Indiana Supreme Court and Court of Appeals, tour both the Indiana Statehouse and the Birch Bayh Federal Building & U.S. Courthouse, discuss issues with Indiana legislators, and hear an oral argument.
Session 3 – Evansville
Session 3 is scheduled for March 12-13 in Evansville, where economic and community development and collaboration will be the primary focus. Prominent business leaders and local government officials will be on hand to discuss the trials, tribulations and triumphs of developing a strong economic climate while maintaining a vibrant community and how leadership skills are crucial to forming healthy Indiana cities.
Session 4 – Muscatatuck Urban Training Center
Session 4 will be April 16-17 at the Muscatatuck Urban Training Center in Butlerville, Ind. This highly popular session includes an interactive tour of the base, presentations of Indiana’s military and disaster readiness, and discussions of diversity in the armed forces. Since this is a bona fide military training facility, the class may experience added bonuses like sharing the space with military units and/or government agencies training to protect our nation.
Session 5 – Fort Wayne
Session 5 will be May 14-16 in Fort Wayne. In focusing on poverty, pro bono representation, nonprofit volunteerism and philanthropy, class participants will gain further understanding of their roles as leaders in ensuring that all elements of society have a seat at the community table. After all their hard work, participants will enjoy a dinner and graduation ceremony.
As part of the LDA, class participants will develop and carry out a class project that will continue their work together even after graduation. LDA graduates are recognized throughout the state as the future lawyer-leaders not only of their communities, but also of Indiana lawyers.