… individuals who exhibit the greatest versatility in their learned style also manifest the greatest flexibility in leadership… By exposing new lawyers to disciplines and experiences beyond the limits of their practice area, the Bar Association strives to develop future leaders both in the legal field and the broader community.”
Hon. N. William Delker, NH Superior Court
Leadership Academy participants are involved in a rigorous nine-month program exposing them to various facets of New Hampshire legal practice. They are also expected to work on and complete a project enabling them to use and demonstrate the skills they have acquired.
Schedule at a Glance
Fri, Oct 22 & Sat, Oct 23: Kickoff Retreat
This weekend event provides an uninterrupted and unrushed opportunity to introduce participants to the program and to each other.
Thu, Nov 4: Business Module
What does leadership in the legal field mean? What opportunities for meaningful involvement are available? What’s so unique about NH? This module answers these and other important questions.
Thu, Dec 2: Media Relations & Public Speaking Module
Bar leaders know how to work effectively with those who report the news. In this module, participants will meet, hear from, and be able to ask questions to the media and to attorneys who have worked with them.
Thu, Jan 6: Judicial Module
The relationship between attorneys and the judiciary is vital to ensure the efficient administration of justice. Leadership Academy participates will meet judges, tour courts, and learn more about the judicial process.
Fri, Feb 18: Attendance at NHBA Midyear Meeting
Thu, Mar 3: Public Interest / Non-Profit Module
This module provides an introduction to some legal oriented non-profits and charitable organizations in NH; including their purposes, the services they provide, and their leadership roles within the communities they serve.
Fri, Apr 8: Legislative/Executive Branches Module
Changes happens throught the actions of any of the three branches of government. Here, participants learn more about how the legislative and executive branches function.
Fri, Jun 17 – Sun, Jun 19: Attendance at NHBA Annual Meeting (Graduation)
Additional dates are set aside as snow dates or project time.
Leadership Academy is a nine-month leadership-training program designed to foster the professional growth
and enhance the leadership skills of a diverse group of attorneys. No more than eighteen applicants will be selected. This leadership program is designed with curriculum most meaningful for those in practice between three and 10 years.
Training: Meets October to June, including NHBA Midyear and Annual meetings. Registration fees to the meetings are covered through Leadership Academy.
Read Judge Delker’s article in the Bar News about the importance of Leadership Academy.
• To promote and encourage NHBA leadership
• Identify future leaders
• Provide a program to develop leadership skills
• Provide tangible benefits to Leadership Academy enrollees