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Collaborative Bar Leadership Academy



Celebrating 11 years of CBLA!
In-Person Conference  2024 - June 23 - 25th

New York City, NY at The Westin New York Grand Central

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The Collaborative Bar Leadership Academy 2024 Programming* 

Sunday 6/23/2024

12:00 - 4:00 PM Picnic in Central Park at Great Lawn South West Lawn 

Monday 6/24/2024

8:00 - 8:50 AM Breakfast & Welcome 
with Anna Mercado Clark - CBLA Chair and NAPABA President
William “Bill” Bay - ABA President-Elect, ABA

8:50 - 9:50 AM CBLA Family Challenge
Facilitated by
AJ Dhaliwal - Partner, Sheppard Mullin and
Anna Mercado Clark - CBLA Chair and NAPABA President

9:50 - 10:00 AM Break

10:00 - 10:30 AM Forging a Path to Bar Leadership: Disabled Lawyers Share Their Experiences
R. Sean Deskins - Attorney, Oldfather Law Firm
Brandon Lee Wolff - Attorney at Law in PA, NJ, NY, FL, DC
Anne LaBarbera - Shareholder, Anne LaBarbera Professional Corporation

10:30 AM - 11:00 LGBTQ+ Focused Program
Details coming soon.

11:00 - 11:30 AM Path Toward Equity: Native American Women Attorneys Study
with Jin Hwang - Past NAPABA President
 and Linda Benally - Past NNABA President

11:3 0 - 1:00 PM Lunch: A Conversation with Leadership(Keynote to begin at 12:10 PM)
Paulette Brown - ABA Past-President
Sandra Leung - NAPABA Immediate Past-President
Moderated by 
Michelle Benke - ABA President-Elect Designee

1:00 - 1:15 PM Break

1:15 - 2:00 PM Good Governance: Fiduciary Duties and Best Practices for Board Effectiveness
with Wendy Shiba -  CBLA Co-Founder and NAPABA Past-President

2:05 - 3:00 PM Understanding the Finances of the Bar
with Alba Cruz - Executive Director, HNBA
Maureen Gelwicks - Deputy Executive Director, NAPABA
Lakeila Stemmons - Executive Director, NBA
Candelario Saldana - Board Member, LGBTQ+ Bar Association

3:00 - 3:15 PM

3:15 - 4:30 PM Presidents Panel
with Charan Brahma - SABA President
Anna Mercado Clark - CBLA Chair, NAPABA President
Dominique D. Calhoun - NBA President
Bendita Malakia - LGBTQ+ Bar Association President
Daniel Mateo - HNBA President
Matthew Archer-Beck - NNABA President

4:30 PM Wrap-Ups and Announcements
with Anna Mercado Clark - CBLA Chair and NAPABA President

Tuesday 6/25/2024

8:00 - 8:30 AM Breakfast

8:30 - 10:00 AM Understanding the ABA House of Delegates

10:00 - 10:30 AM Model Diversity Survey Overview
with Colleen Lamarre - Chair, CREDP; Past NNABA President

10:30 - 11:30 AM Vignette on Board Communications, Problem Solving, and Crisis Management with Dominique Calhoun, President, NBA 

11:30 - 12:00 Wrap ups & Box Lunch

*Please note that these dates are tentative and subject to change.

The Collaborative Bar Leadership Academy (CBLA) is a joint initiative of the American Bar Association, its Commissions on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession and Disability Rights, the Hispanic National Bar Association, the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, the National Bar Association, the National LGBT Bar Association, the National Native American Bar Association, and the South Asian Bar Association of North America. 

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 associations, and the legal profession overall.  

We look forward to seeing you at our conference! 

 Why should you attend the 2024 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.

Statement of Accomodation: We are committed to providing equal access to this Collaborative Bar Leadership Academy for all participants. If alternative formats or other reasonable accommodation is needed, please contact Keevin Woods: [email protected].

For More Information Contact :

Keevin Woods, Director of Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession. Email: [email protected]