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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* 

Monday 6/24/2024

8:00 - 8:30 AM Breakfast

8:30 - 8:35 AM Welcome Address by Anna Mercado Clark CBLA Chair and President  of NAPABA 

8:35 - 8:50 PM Welcome Address by ABA President-Elect William Bay

8:50 - 9:50 AM Family Feud

9:50 - 10:00 AM Break

10:00 - 11:30 AM Understanding Intersectionality with Amy Albright, Jin Hwang, Linda Benally

11:30 - 1:00 PM Lunch and Keynote (Keynote to begin at 12:10 PM) with Past President of the ABA Paulette Brown and Sandy Leung Moderated by former Michelle Behnke 

1:00 - 1:15 PM Break

1:15 - 2:00 PM Board Governance Wendy Shiba. 

2:05 - 3:00 PM Understanding the Finances of the Bar with President, HNBA, Daniel Mateo

3:00 - 3:15 PM Break

3:15 - 4:30 PM Presidents Panel

4:30 PM Wrap-Ups and Announcements

Tuesday 6/25/2024

8:00 - 8:30 AM Breakfast

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

10:15 - 11:30 AM Vignette on Board Communications, Problem Solving, and Crisis Management with Dominique Calhoun, President, NBA 

*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]