Leadership Academy

The ISBA Leadership Academy’s mission is to enhance the professional careers of young, diverse members of the Illinois Bar. The program aims to serve the next generation of legal professionals by providing training to become effective leaders in the community.

Members of the Academy will be selected from a pool of nominations from ISBA members as well as self-nominations. In its inaugural year, no more than 20 candidates will be selected. To achieve diversity among the participants, qualified individuals will be sought from different backgrounds; large, small, and solo firms; private and public sectors; different practice area; and different areas of the state.

All ISBA members with 3 to 10 years of practice experience are eligible to participate. Each selected candidate will be required to attend all sessions in their entirety. Upon graduating, each member of the Academy will be appointed to a section council or committee of their choice.

Class members will be notified of their selection by early November 2019. Tuition is $750 for each participant. A limited number of scholarships may be available.

The 2020 Academy will meet six times beginning in December 2019 and concluding in June 2020. Below are the following dates and descriptions for the 2020 Leadership Academy.  

Session 1: Laying the Foundation
Thursday, December 5, 2019 – Westin O’Hare Hotel in Rosemont (in conjunction with the ISBA Midyear meeting)
Begins at 1 p.m. and concludes with dinner 

Session 2: Continuing Professional Development
Friday, January 24 to Saturday, January 25, 2020 – Chicago Regional Office
Begins at 11 a.m. on Friday and concludes at noon on Saturday

Session 3: Diversity & Inclusion
Friday, February 21, 2020 – Chicago Regional Office
Begins at 1 p.m. on Friday and concludes with Chicago Blackhawks Game at the United Center

Session 4:  A Session with the Supreme Court & Legislators
Tuesday, March 10 and Wednesday, March 11, 2020 – Springfield
Prepare for 1.5 days

Session 5: Brand Building & Executive Presence
Friday, April 17, 2020 – Chicago Regional Office
Begins at noon on Friday and concludes in the evening

Session 6: Graduation
Thursday, June 18 to Saturday, June 20, 2020 – St. Louis, MO
Begins with a session on Thursday afternoon and concludes with the Assembly meeting on Saturday morning

Many courses will receive MCLE and PMCLE credits (subject to final approval).

Deadline for nominations is October 18 at 4 pm.

Please email Melissa Burkholder at mburkholder@isba.org if you have any questions