Bar Leadership Institute
Developing leaders within the Bar, Foundation, community, and profession since 2002
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE BLI CLASS OF 2021!
Participation in the Bar Leadership Institute (BLI), though primarily virtual in 2021, includes 15 hours of CLE credit, facilitation by leadership consultant Dave Newell (including the option of two hours of individual coaching), and a weekend retreat with both virtual elements and in-person elements (held outdoo. This year's program kicked off on the evening of Thursday, May 13, 2021 with a keynote address by Judge Robert J. Conrad, Jr. of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina.
Participation also includes opportunities to connect with fellow BLI participants and Bar, civic, and community leaders over the course of seven evening programs featuring special guests. Past presenters have included Bar and civic leaders, law professors, and judges. Topics range from leadership skills for lawyers, the history of practicing law in Mecklenburg, the role of race and poverty on our community's past and future, and diversity and inclusion in the profession and justice system.
The seventh and final session will encourage participants to reflect on the BLI experience and to consider potential avenues of leadership within the Bar & Foundation, the participant's firm or organization, and the community. In an effort to further participants’ impact, each member of the class will be expected to meaningfully engage in the work of the Bar or the Foundation (through, for example, committee membership, section leadership, etc.) beginning in the upcoming fiscal year.
All qualified MCB members are encouraged to apply. The total tuition for participation in the BLI is $1,100, of which $100 must be paid by the participant. The remaining $1,000 may be paid by the participant or by the participant's employer. If accepted, payment is due before the program kicks off and may be paid by credit card online or by check (payable to the Mecklenburg County Bar). Financial assistance may be available, but is limited and awarded at the discretion of the BLI Committee. If you are interested in financial assistance, indicate in the application the amount you are requesting.
Continuing Legal Education
It is expected that 15 hours of CLE credit will be awarded to BLI participants who complete the program.
Contact MCB Associate Executive Director Shannon Reid at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. The deadline to apply to be a candidate in the BLI Class of 2021 was March 8, 2021.