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2014 - 15 Bar Leadership Institute Committee


Encourages lawyers in the development of their professional and leadership skills within the Bar, Foundation and legal profession. A joint MCB and MBF Committee.





2014-15 Chair

2014-15 Vice-Chair

 Jon P. Carroll

Mica N. Worthy


Class of 2015

Class of 2016

Class of 2017

Deborah Dilman

Marc S. Gentile

Heather R. Hobgood

David W. Murray

Lori S. Keeton

Mark W. Kinghorn

Hon. Chase B. Saunders

Jason Stevens

Brandon M. Lofton


Staff Liaison

Shannon Reid, Director of Lawyer Volunteer and Community Services,


Volunteer Need / Commitment

Members of the Bar Leadership Institute Committee attend monthly committee meetings, select BLI participants from pool of applicants, monitor budget and expenses of program, assist in planning kickoff event and program sessions, and evaluate program effectiveness at year's end.  Interested in joining this committee? Complete the committee interest form 

2013-14 Bar Leadership Institute Committee Report

Alice P. Moore, Chair & Jon P. Carroll, Vice-Chair


Thanks to the hard work and support of countless people and firms in Mecklenburg County, the MCB/MBF Bar Leadership Institute has had a very successful year.  The BLI Class of 2014 is comprised of 19 dynamic and diverse participants who practice in large, mid-sized and small firms, represent government and municipal agencies, and practice in corporate law departments.  With the help of program facilitators, Jayne and Vern Williams from Myndworks Learning Network, Inc, the BLI Class evaluated their personal leadership styles, strengths and areas for development.  Following the always popular weekend retreat in Hickory, NC, the BLI Class participated in a series of evening sessions featuring prominent leaders in our legal and civic community.

The BLI Committee would like to thank all speakers who selflessly gave up their evenings to work with the class for free.  The speakers included Carla N. Archie, E. Osborne Ayscue Jr., Dianne C. Bailey, Debra D. Campbell, Trevor M. Fuller, Dr. Tom W. Hanchett, Brian S. Heslin, Emily M. Jones, M. Janelle Lyons, Mark W. Merritt, Corie D. Pauling, Willie Ratchford, Nancy M. Roberson, Amanda B. Saylor, E. Taylor Stukes, Kevin P. Tully and Hon. Charles M. Viser.


The BLI program has graduated more than 200 members of the MCB, most of whom are now active in the many committees and sections of the MCB and MBF and many of whom hold leadership positions within the MCB and MBF.  The BLI Class of 2014 will, no doubt, be just as active and involved as past program participants. They have already committed to researching and developing a plan to engage the underemployed and unemployed attorneys with the MCB and MBF.


Please join the BLI Committee and the leadership of the MCB and MBF in congratulating the newest graduates of the BLI! 


Scott R. Branam                        Milazzo Gamble Laws Webb Law Group, PLLC

Matthew S. DeAntonio               Nexsen Pruett, PLLC

Ashley A. Edwards                    Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP

T. Russell Ferguson III               Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP

J. Alexander Heroy                    James, McElroy & Diehl, P.A.

Heather R. Hobgood                 Weaver, Bennett & Bland, P.A.

P. Doughton Horton                  Smith Horton Law, P.L.L.C.

Stephanie D. Jackson               Public Defender's Office

Luciona Johnson                       Winston & Strawn LLP

Brian E. Koontz                         Johnston, Allison & Hord, P.A.

Carrie M. Lique                          Charlotte School of Law

Michael L. Martinez                    Grier, Furr & Crisp, P.A.

David W. Murray                       The Odom Firm

Daniel E. Peterson                    City Attorney's Office

Michael D. Shaffer                    Alston & Bird LLP

Sudhir N. Shenoy                      Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice LLP

P. Graham Singer                      American Realty Capital

Mariana Toledo-Hermina            Rawls, Scheer, Foster, Mingo & Culp PLLC

John Paul Tsahakis                   James, McElroy & Diehl, P.A.




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8-6-15 Memorial Service for Henry N. Pharr II
Friends and colleagues are encouraged to attend and, if desired, say a few words in celebration of Mr. Pharr's life.

8-27-15 Memorial Service for J. Carlton Fleming
Friends and colleagues are encouraged to attend and, if desired, say a few words in celebration of Mr. Fleming's life.

9-3-15 Lawyers' Luncheon Series
Join your colleagues at a regular monthly luncheon to eat, socialize and hear remarks from a speaker.


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