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… 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

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Learn, Connect, Lead

Top 5 reasons to APPLY for NHBA’s Leadership Academy

  1. Previous graduates are NHBA leaders in Sections, Committees and even on the Board of Governors!
  2.  Gain exposure to leaders in the legal, business and government communities!
  3. See the legal community the eyes of small firm, large firm, public and private sector attorney peers, while gaining a trusted circle of friends and colleagues!
  4. Shadow a judge!
  5. Attend NHBA’s two biggest member events, Midyear Meeting and Annual Meeting  ($900 value).

Limited financial aid up to $375 may be available to all participants.

Staff Contact

Lisa Boisvert


This program is supported in part by the New Hampshire Bar Foundation.


Typical Course Schedule

October: Welcome Reception from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

October Retreat one full day & one half day: Kickoff Retreat, The Mountain Club on Loon, Lincoln, NH*

November: Business Module: 1:00 – 6:00 p.m.

December: Media Relations & Public Speaking Module, 1:00 – 6:00 p.m.

January: Judicial Module, 1:00 – 6:00 p.m.

January: Snow Date or Project Time, 1:00 – 6:00 p.m.

February: Midyear Meeting – Full Day Attendance

March: Public Interest/Non- Profit Module, 1:00-6:00 p.m.

March: Snow Date or Project Time, 1:00-6:00 p.m.

April: Legislative/Executive Branches Module, 1:00 – 6:00 p.m.

May: Projects completed

June: Leadership Academy Graduation at NHBA Annual Meeting, Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa Whitefield, NH*

* locations subject to change

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.

Active Service: Participation in a NHBA section or committee work or other mission appropriate activity.

Read Judge Delker’s article in the Bar News about the importance of Leadership Academy.

Mission Statement

• To promote and encourage NHBA leadership
• Identify future leaders
• Provide a program to develop leadership skills
• Provide tangible benefits to Leadership Academy enrollees