December 01, 2018

Leadership Academy

VIEW BROCHURE | 2018-19 TIPS Leadership Academy Nomination Form | APPLICATION FORM


The TIPS Leadership Academy serves the public by providing participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to develop a vision to lead the legal profession and to improve leadership service in the community as a whole. The TIPS Leadership Academy meets during each Section Leadership Meeting, with each Meeting focusing on specific program topics.


  • To increase the diversity of leaders within our communities.
  • To nurture effective leadership with respect to ethical, professional and community service values.
  • To build relationships among leaders from across the country and from disciplines within the profession.
  • To raise the level of awareness among lawyers regarding the broad range of issues facing the profession.


In the TIPS Leadership Academy, the members will be exposed to a wide range of leaders in the law. These leaders will candidly share their successes and failures in their leadership roles and be available for open dialogue on all issues. Through this process, the Academy members will develop their own leadership style and learn how to put that style into action.

As an added benefit, Academy members will be provided with leadership roles in TIPS substantive committees during the year. These roles, which are traditionally reserved for lawyers who have been involved in TIPS for years, will be made available to Academy members immediately. Also, this benefit will afford Academy members national networking opportunities within their chosen fields.

TIPS Leadership Academy Task Force

American Bar Association
2018–2019 Membership Roster

Michael Drumke Swanson Martin & Bell Chicago, IL
G. Glennon Troublefield Carella Byrne et al Roseland, NJ
Randy J. Aliment Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP Seattle, WA
Gail Vaugh Ashworth Wiseman Ashworth Law Group PLC Nashville, TN
Eugene G. Beckham Beckham & Beckham PA Miami, FL
Louise D. Bjorkmann Minnesota Court of Appeals Saint Paul, MN
Christopher U. Brecht Perrine, Redemann, Berry, Taylor & Sloan, PLLC Tulsa, OK
Ginger Busby Burr & Forman LLP Birmingham, AL
Anderson L. Cao McGlinchey Stafford PLLC Houston, TX
Dorothea M. Capone Baumeister & Samuels PC New York, NY
Janet R. Davis Cozen O’Connor Chicago, IL
Matthew J. Evans Paine Bickers LLP Knoxville, TN
John T. Fetters Mills Meyers Swartling Seattle, WA
Natalie T. Furniss Bricker & Eckler LPP Columbus, OH
Akira Heshiki Standard Insurance Company Portland, OR
Kermit Kendrick Burr & Forman LLP Birmingham, AL
Beth M. Kramer Lockheed Martin Corporation Bethesda, MD
Joshua D. Lee Riley Sager Holmes & Cancila LPP Chicago, IL
Peter J. Neeson Rawle & Henderson LLP Philadelphia, PA
Holly M. Polglase Hermes Netburn O’Connor & Spearing PC Boston, MA
Sam H. Poteet Manier & Herod Nashville, TN
Michele A. Powers Elite Lawyer Coaching Hermosa Beach, CA
Rachel T. Reynolds Sedgewick LLP Seattle, WA
Alicia N. Ritchie Miles & Stockbridge PC Baltimore, MD
Dick A. Semerdjian Schwartz Semerdjian Cauley & Moot LLP San Diego, CA
Anthony J. Severino Bajo Cuva Cohen & Turkel PA Tampa, FL
John R. Tarpley Lewis Thomason Nashville, TN
Alexander S. Valdes Winstead PC Austin, TX
Janika N. White   Memphis, TN
Scott R. Wolf Blanchard Walker O’Quin & Roberts Shreveport, LA


If you have questions regarding any aspect of the TIPS Leadership Academy, please contact Theresa Livingston at 312-988-6155 or