Leadership Academy


Welcome, Class of 2015!

Standing (L to R): Robert Van Horn, Lindsay Dickerson, Devin Deane, Ben Fowler, Sean O'Mara, Meredith Eilers, Allison Gray, Kathy Hunt (facilitator), and Erica Johanson. Sitting (L to R): Nathaniel Bessey, Sarah Gilbert, Ezra Willey, and Amy Dieterich.

Twelve attorneys have been selected to the inaugural Leadership Academy, which is designed to foster the professional growth and enhance the leadership skills of a diverse group of member attorneys. The 12 members will participate in eight sessions over 8 months, and graduate at the 2015 MSBA Summer Meeting in Bar Harbor.

The sessions will feature professional facilitators and prominent speakers from various disciplines to inform participants about leadership principles and techniques, the importance of effective leaders in organizations to maximize efficiency and effectiveness, and the practice of ethics and professional law in Maine.

About the Leadership Academy

To promote and encourage leadership and professionalism by identifying present and future leaders who are members of the Maine State Bar Association, and by providing them with a program designed to develop leadership skills; foster camaraderie; and expose them to leaders in the legal, business and government communities.

Up to 12 attorney members of the MSBA who have been in practice for at least 2 years and no more than 10 years will be selected for the Academy. In an effort to achieve diversity among the participants, qualified individuals will be sought from different backgrounds, large and small law firms, the private and public sectors, different practice areas, and different areas of the state. Generally, the monthly programs will be 2 to 4 hours in duration and may require travel time as well. The program will cover participants' CLE credits for one year.

Academy Requirements

  • Participant is a member in good standing of the Maine State Bar Association.
  • Participant was first admitted to the Bar no less than 2 years ago and nor more than 10 years ago.
  • Following completion of the program, each Academy participant must serve on an MSBA section or committee, or engage in an MSBA-related activity, access to justice-related activity, or community activity for one year.
  • Attendance and participation (including any homework assignments) are required at each of the sessions from November through June. (Exceptions will be made on a case-by-case basis.)
  • An MSBA Leadership Academy Participation Fee of $750 is due upon acceptance into the Academy. (Limited financial aid may be available, depending on resources. However, all participants must pay at least a portion of the fee to demonstrate their commitment.) For financial aid information, please email or call Shawna Melanson at 207-622-7523.

View the complete 2014-2015 Leadership Academy brochure for additional information. The application for the 2016 class will be available in August, and classes will begin in November.