December 10, 2020 Feature

Bar Leadership During a Time of Crisis

Ndidi N. Moses, Monte Frank, John M. Stewart, and Christina D. Crow
Leaders should be open to changing trends and not be afraid to try something new and innovative.

Leaders should be open to changing trends and not be afraid to try something new and innovative.

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Being a bar leader is never easy, especially in challenging times. Although some bar associations have created guides to help leaders prepare for their leadership role, a comprehensive step-by-step playbook for how to lead a bar association in a time of crisis has never been written. In part, this is likely because the trajectory of a bar year is susceptible to numerous unpredictable current events and issues. Bar leaders are constantly balancing the interests of diverse members and the association—a balancing act between trying to identify and meet members’ needs while also ensuring that the association sets and attains long-term goals that will keep it relevant and viable in the future. In the best of times, bar leaders strive to ensure that the courts, the legislature, and the bar are aligned in their thinking on critical matters—or at least not at odds with one another. In times of crisis, bar leaders must stay on top of trends and issues impacting members and the larger community and take on a prominent and needed leadership role.

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