Mecklenburg County Bar/Mecklenburg Bar Foundation

Leadership Institute


Bar Leadership Institute Graduates



Program Overview

The primary focus of the Bar Leadership Institute (BLI) is to identify and develop leaders for the Mecklenburg County Bar and Mecklenburg Bar Foundation. The goal of the BLI program is to provide an opportunity for participating attorneys to:

·         develop their personal leadership potential and skills to become a leader in the Bar/Foundation;

·         become aware of leadership opportunities with the Bar/Foundation and the greater Charlotte community;

·         consider pressing Bar and community issues with peers and presenters of the highest caliber;

·         develop a spirit of lasting collegiality with their fellow participants; and

·         apply what they learn and participate in a BLI class project.


The BLI begins with kickoff/volunteer recognition event followed by a mandatory weekend retreat in January.  The retreat is designed to provide you with an  in depth look at leadership within the Bar/Foundation and how it is measured from a number of perspectives, including, but not limited to:

·         professionally - as a Bar member and leader;

·         as a business owner - partner or owner of law firm;

·         as a civic leader/public servant - not for profit role, community support; and/or

·         personally - as a citizen, parent, friend, etc.


During the BLI program, you will be guided by facilitators, but your growth will come from this unique opportunity for both introspection and insight from your classmates. During the four months following the retreat, participants will have opportunities for individual coaching by the facilitators and will attend a series of seven evening discussion sessions featuring special guests. Past presenters have included Bar and civic leaders, law professors, and judges.


A final session will encourage you to reflect on the BLI experience and to consider potential avenues of leadership in your Bar/Foundation, your organization, and your community.  In an effort to further participants’ impact on the Bar/Foundation and the community, the class will be expected to take on a class project. 



Complete each section online (see link below) or mail a typed copy in full with attachments to MCB/MBF BLI Committee, 2850 Zebulon Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28208.  Applications must include:

  • One letter of recommendation
  • Commitment signatures
  • Your resume (not to exceed two pages in length)
  • A studio-quality headshot (either a digital photograph or a hard copy, size 3.5" x 5" or 5" x 7")

If you do not have a suitable photograph or would like assistance in obtaining one, please indicate so on the application. 

Applications are due by November 9, 2015. Candidate selections will be announced in December.   


Selection Criteria

Application to the Bar Leadership Institute is open to members of the Mecklenburg County Bar who have been practicing attorneys for at least three years. Approximately twenty lawyers will be selected for participation in the 2016 class.  
The BLI Committee will look for potential participants who demonstrate the following criteria:


·         commitment and motivation to serve in positions of Bar/Foundation or community leadership;

·         record of service in public service and charitable organizations;

·         a minimum of three years practicing; and

·         ability to make the time commitment required by the program.


This is a competitive selection process. In choosing potential participants, the BLI Committee will review and evaluate all portions of your application and attachments. Additionally, the BLI is committed to seeking a diverse and dynamic class of participants in an effort to obtain representation from a cross-section of the Bar.


2016 Program Dates - Before you apply for the 2016 BLI Program, please be sure you will be able to attend on the dates listed below:


BLI Kickoff Dinner and Retreat - The 2016 program will begin with a kickoff dinner and volunteer recognition event in Charlotte on Thursday, January 28., The weekend retreat is from the morning of Friday, January 29 to Sunday, January 31 at noon. The class will travel by bus to the retreat site in Hickory, North Carolina. It is required that you attend the retreat. 


 BLI Sessions - The 2015 BLI sessions will be held in Charlotte from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. on the following evenings (dates subject to minor changes):  February 17, March 2, March 16, March 30, April 13, April 27, May 11 and May 25 (Graduation).

Upon graduation from the Bar Leadership Institute program, the class will embark upon a class project, and each class member will be expected to join a Bar or Foundation Committee.

Bar Leadership Institute Application Deadline: MONDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2015 at 5 p.m.

2016 Bar Leadership Institute Application

2016 Bar Leadership Institute Nomination Form