Collaborative Bar Leadership Academy

UPDATE: Cancellation of the 2020 Collaborative Bar Leadership Academy. 

In light of the recommendation from the CDC that meetings of fifty attendees or more be cancelled, the designation of the COVID-19 disease as a pandemic, and the National Emergency declaration from the President of the United States, the Collaborative Bar Leadership Academy Steering Committee, after much deliberation and careful consideration of the information available to us, have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Collaborative Bar Leadership Academy, which had been scheduled for June 21-23 in New Orleans.

We trust you understand our decision, and hope any inconvenience is minimal.  We will be providing any updated information as it becomes available, including the dates and location for the 2021 Collaborative Bar Leadership Academy. 

June 21 - 23,  2020 | New Orleans,  LA

Accepting applications until 8 pm EST May 8, 2020!!

All applicants click here To Apply

Accepted Applicants and CBLA Alumni:


We are pleased to announce the 8th year of the COLLABORATIVE BAR LEADERSHIP ACADEMY (the CBLA or Leadership Academy), a joint initiative of the American Bar Associations Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession and the Commission on Disability Rights, Hispanic National Bar Association, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, National Bar Association, National LGBT Bar Association and National Native American Bar Association.

The CBLA is a coordinated effort to strengthen the pipeline of diverse bar association leaders by providing leadership training and professional development programs which will benefit current and future leaders of  bar association's, and the legal profession overall.  The CBLA lays the foundation for further collaborative efforts to foster diversity and inclusion in the legal profession.  

Why should you attend the 2020 CBLA? You should attend to:

  1. Network with leaders from your organization and multiple national bar associations;
  2. Learn, discuss, and develop leadership skills important to your future as a lawyer and as a future bar leader;
  3. Have the opportunity to absorb a wide range of leadership advice from leading experts in the field in a collegial and close knit setting; and
  4. Develop the skills necessary to successfully organize, operate, and lead local and national bar associations.

The application deadline for the 2020 CBLA is May 10, 2020. All accepted applicants will be notified to register by May 15, 2020.

We look forward to seeing you in New Orleans!

CBLA Hotel Booking Information 

InterContinental New Orleans

444 St. Charles Ave
New Orleans,  LA 70130

Reservations can be made by clicking the link above or by individuals calling the hotel directly at 504.525.5566,  and referring to CBLA. Reservations will be closed May, 30th 2020

Room Rates:  $159.00 per night  

2019 CBLA Resources

2019 CBLA Program Book  

For More Information Contact 

Keevin Woods, Director of Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession 
Phone: (312) 988-5638