Leadership Academy

The 2014 Leadership Academy is underway. Please see additional information below and contact Patricia Eloizin at patricia.eloizin@justice.org with any questions or concerns.

The purpose of the Leadership Academy, an initiative of AAJ’s Diversity Committee, is to give AAJ members the skills and techniques needed to make them effective leaders in professional settings, in AAJ, and in their communities. AAJ’s Leadership Academy will train AAJ members who are interested in developing their leadership roles within AAJ. Volunteers are critical to AAJ’s success and AAJ is dedicated to ensuring high levels of leadership among its members, and, in particular, among those who are underrepresented within the Association. The Leadership Academy will select 14 to 16 plaintiff trial lawyers representing various backgrounds and practice areas to attend three sessions held in conjunction with AAJ meetings and conventions.

The Leadership Academy is possible, in large part, due to the generous support of founding sponsor, Anapol Schwartz. 


Eligibility/Selection Criteria

  • AAJ member in good standing
  • Member of underrepresented group within AAJ (including ethnic/racial minorities, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, and disability)

Mandatory Training: 3 two-day sessions

  • Session A: Spring Board of Governors Meeting – Dallas, TX – April 2-3, 2014
  • Session B: 2014 Annual Convention – Baltimore, MD – July 24-25, 2014
  • Session C: Fall Board of Governors Meeting – Washington, DC – October 8-9, 2014

Session A

DAY ONE: MAKING THE CASE

Leadership Academy Overview 
Changing Nature of Leadership for Lawyers 
Expectations and Discussion of Learning and Engagement
Defining Leadership for Lawyers 
Values, Ethics, and Professionalism 

DAY TWO: LAWYER AS VISIONARY

Communicating for Impact as a Lawyer 
Increasing Self Awareness and Personal Effectiveness at the Individual Level for Lawyers including Myers-Briggs Type Inventory Self Assessment 
Experiential Activity to Illustrate Behavioral Preferences and the Impact of Preferences on Individual Behavior
Authentic Leadership for Lawyers
Creating a Clear and Compelling Vision

Session B

DAY ONE: LAWYER AS COLLABORATIVE LEADER 

Experiential Activity to Predict Team Performance in a Lawyer-Influenced Culture
Leading a Group of Lawyers: Awareness at the Team Level including FIRO-B Self Assessment
Introduction to Feedback Model
Effectiveness Factors for Successful Collaboration
Experiential Activity to Illustrate Effective Collaboration Practices

DAY TWO: LAWYERING AND QUALITY OF LIFE

Lawyer Effectiveness and Quality of Life
Managing Stress
Impact of Diet and Exercise on Lawyering Effectiveness

Session C

DAY ONE: LAWYER AS INFLUENCER

Influence Tactics for Lawyers
Emotional Intelligence for Lawyers
Fundraising
Introduction to Leadership Legacy Project

DAY TWO: PUTTING IT INTO PRACTICE

Developmental Networks
Creation of a Development Plan for Lawyers (Individual Development Plan)
Leadership Legacy Project
Summary of Leadership Academy process and Re-Entry into the Workplace

Please contact AAJ for sponsorship opportunities.