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Bar News - March 22, 2013

Leadership Academy Brings Fresh Ideas, New Energy

Pictured with their project teams in top photo, l-r: Kirk Simoneau, Lisa Fearon, Jonathan Boutin, Courtney Eschbach, and Joseph Becher. bottom, l-r: Melissa Lyons, Deborah Mulcrone, Anthony Sculimbrene, Michael Ortlieb, Darrell Chichester. Not pictured: Seth Hipple.

Example of a "sketch note" showing future topics for the Leadership Academy 1@1 CLE project.
Midway through its third year, the impact of the NHBA Leadership Academy is being felt throughout the Bar Association.

The Leadership Academy provides an intensive, ongoing experience of education and service over a year for a small group of attorneys who have been in practice from three to 10 years. The program consists of a day-and-a-half retreat, a series of educational modules, and attendance at the major membership meetings, a collaborative service project, and a commitment to participate in service or leadership to the legal community for at least two years following the Academy.

Graduates of the first two Leadership Academy programs are co-chairing or planning modules for the Leadership Academy Steering Committee, chairing various Bar committees, one was recently elected to the NHBA Board of Governors and another is on the ballot for next year; one attorney is working on projects for the NH Bar Foundation, another is a member of the Foundation board, one member of the current class was among those receiving a Pro Bono service award, and so on.

The current Leadership Academy class played a prominent role at the Midyear Meeting. The 11 lawyers, split into two groups, explained the service projects they were developing to the NHBA Board of Governors at its meeting the night before, and then the next day, staffed exhibit tables to share their work with Midyear Meeting attendees.

The two projects presented were:

1@ 1 CLE online. The Leadership Academy planned one-hour recorded programs for CLE credit, recruited the faculty, and is organizing the materials. The first CLE, on DWI law with attorneys Ryan Russman, Todd Russell and Kalie Lydon, dealt with the administrative suspension process, update on statutes, and trial tips.

Noteworthy were the course materials for the DWI law program which use "sketch notes" (see inset photo), a format that combines text and doodle-style visuals to provide more information in a condensed form that is easy to grasp.

Careers Taking Flight. A course with three components aimed at developing networking skills and building relationships in the profession for UNH School of Law students. The Leadership Academy team is developing a workshop curriculum on networking skills, and planning an event for the fall where students can practice those skills interacting with members of the Bar. The event will have the objective for students to arrange to "shadow" a lawyer they meet at the event to experience what life is like as a practicing lawyer.

More than 40 lawyers stopped by their exhibit table and expressed interest in attending the UNH Law networking event, said Leadership Academy team member Kirk Simoneau.

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