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.




2019-20 Chair 2019-20 Vice-Chair
David W. Murray 
R. Lee Robertson, Jr.



Class of 2020 Class of 2021 Class of 2022

Gabrielle G. Kelly
M. Aaron Lay
Mandy Schuller


Jennifer P. Moore
Mandana D. Vidwan
Courtney C. Rogers

Clay Campbell
Caroline Mitchell
Colleen Molner



Staff Liaison

Shannon R. Reid, Director of Compliance, Ethics & HR -


Volunteer Need / Commitment

Members of the Bar Leadership Institute (BLI) Committee attend monthly committee meetings, select BLI participants from pool of applicants, monitor the annual BLI budget, plan the kickoff event and evening program sessions, recruit speakers and alumni for various roles and evaluate program effectiveness at year's end.  The BLI Committee currently meets on the first Wednesday each month at 8 a.m. 


2018-19 Bar Leadership Institute Committee Report
Michael L. Martinez, Chair & David W. Murray, Vice Chair

The Bar Leadership Institute (BLI) of the Mecklenburg County Bar and Mecklenburg Bar Foundation enjoyed its first year with its new program facilitator, Sharon Reed.  Ms. Reed worked with the Committee to redevelop the BLI program from beginning to end to help ensure its programming is relevant and aligned to MCB and MBF strategic priorities.  Thanks to Ms. Reed, the BLI Committee’s commitment and diligence, along with the support of Charlotte-area firms and organizations, the 2018-19 BLI program was a success. 

The BLI Class of 2019 was comprised of 18 participants with diverse backgrounds personally and professionally.  Through the BLI, the participants evaluated their personal leadership styles, strengths, and areas for development during a weekend retreat in Hickory, North Carolina and over the course of seven evening sessions that featured prominent legal and civic leaders in our community.

The BLI Committee would like to thank all of the session speakers and panelists for volunteering their time to the BLI this year.  Those speakers include Hon. Carla Archie, Tricia Derr, John Lassiter, David Erdman, Hon. Richard Boner, James E. Ferguson, Hon. Nancy Black Norelli, Dr. Tom Hanchett, Julie Porter, Hon. Donald Cureton, Jr., C. Renee Little, Dr. Susan McCarter, George Battle, and Charles Jeter.  

Please join the BLI Committee in congratulating the most recent BLI graduates!