2010 Bar Leadership Institute: That's a Wrap


2010 Bar Leadership Institute: That's a Wrap

By Jeffrey Jenkins

Posted 3/15/2010 by Molly Flood


I'm back in the office after last week's ABA Bar Leadership Institute.  I typically work the Monday after this event, updating our web site and filling post-meeting research requests.  Besides the web work, I also relish the quiet ambience of the Division's offices after weeks of harried activity.


The 2010 BLI was my fifth as a member of the Division for Bar Services' staff, and it was filled with many memorable moments.  Here are some of my favorites:

  • While his thoughts on the OSM had more traction, Steve Farber's opening plenary also had some excellent thoughts on mentoring.  He asked the attendees to identify at least one person that shared your enthusiasm and passion and assist his or her directional path.  It's a great informal model for bar association leadership development.
  • I happily received my annual Nancy Sylvester fix.  Nancy manages to be authortative and engaging when discussing parliamentary procedure.  It's a pleasure to see a true expert in their field. 
  • Watching LTRC director Catherine Sanders Reach give practical guidelines for bar associations looking to have their boards meet via web conferencing.
  • Monitoring the meeting on Twitter.  The #BLI10 hashtag was put to good use on Thursday & Friday.

If you'd like to join me in my BLI reminiscence, I recommend starting by reviewing the meeting’s handouts