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John Payton Leadership Academy

Inspire. Educate. Lead. Keeping these goals in mind, the John Payton Leadership Academy provides members with an intensive training program to develop and sharpen the necessary skills to be successful leaders of the Bar and other organizations throughout their careers.

Proving that there is not one type of leader, previous graduates came from nonprofits, small firms, large firms, and mid-size boutiques. Some were solo practitioners, while others worked for government agencies.

The Leadership Academy is not your average seminar. Swaths of paper line the walls as students engage in brainstorming and strategy sessions to determine their leadership techniques. How can you lead with integrity? How do you run an effective meeting? How do you use everyone’s strengths to create a quality team? Team-building exercises get competitive as students work collaboratively in small groups. Throughout the three classroom sessions, participants meet with both D.C. Bar and community leaders, who inspire the group with their leadership insights and life experiences.

In addition, participants of the Leadership Academy spend half a day gaining hands-on experience working at the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center’s Advice and Referral Clinic, which helps low-income District of Columbia residents navigate the legal system.

The Leadership Academy experience is for Bar members interested in enhancing their leadership skills, from a new associate to a veteran attorney. “As someone just starting my legal career, I felt that I had too much to learn and too little experience to lead; the gap between me and ‘them’ was too great,” said David William Arrojo, a graduate from the inaugural 2013 class. By the end of the program, he realized that there is no “them.” “Every scenario—no matter the size of the task or the scope of the endeavor—presents an opportunity for leadership.”

Read more personal accounts of the valuable lessons recent graduates walked away with as they reflect on the Academy.

The John Payton Leadership Academy will be held in March - May of 2020. Please check back for more information closer to the 2020 session. Please check back in December for more information and application details.

For any questions, e-mail the John Payton Leadership Academy.

2020 John Payton Leadership Academy

The purpose of the John Payton Leadership Academy is to identify, inspire, and educate D.C. Bar members to be leaders of the Bar and to encourage them to use their leadership skills in professional settings, local bar associations, and community organizations. The 2020 class will be limited to 24 participants representing diverse backgrounds, practice settings, and practice areas. To view the full agenda for the 2020 Leadership Academy, please click here.

Application Deadline:
At the request of several interested applicants, the D.C. Bar is extending the application deadline for the John Payton Leadership Academy to close of business, Thursday, February 6, 2020. Application, with required attachments, should be submitted by email to [email protected]. Any questions about the Leadership Academy or the application process should be directed to Laurie Lyte at [email protected].

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Tuition for each participant is $1,500. Tuition for accepted participants is due by March 1, 2020. Tuition is nonrefundable after attendance at the first session. A reduced fee may be available to a limited number of participants with demonstrated need. Please contact Laurie Lyte at [email protected] for additional information.

Scholarship funding for the Academy provided by: