The LBA Leadership Academy is a fantastic program. It’s well organized, well executed, and gives young attorneys an opportunity to spend time with colleagues outside of their practice area in a structured learning environment. We were given the opportunity to learn from leaders and experts in a variety of topics, learning about both legal and professional development. I loved my class and wish I could go again!


Lindsay E. Volk, Legal Aid Society, Leadership Academy Class of 2015-16


Download 2016 Leadership Academy Application

Application Deadline: Monday, June 6


Why be a part of the Leadership Academy? CLICK HERE to read our June 2016 President's Page for a personal account from a graduate of the 2015-16 class, Devin N.R. Oser.


This will be the Academy’s 11th year, which graduated 12 practitioners in the 2015/16 class. The primary goal of the Academy is to build a core of practicing attorneys in Greater Louisville that will lead the legal community ethically, professionally and charitably—with high regard for service to our city and our region. The Leadership Academy, which is designed for attorneys between their third and 10th years of practice, accomplishes the following:

  • Provides an opportunity to meet and discuss important business and professional issues with leaders at the local, state and national level;
  • Helps refine leadership skills, enabling you to excel in your practice setting as well as in your community service roles; and,
  • Invites you to examine important issues in every lawyer’s professional life—ethics, justice, morality, service, professionalism, economics and quality of work.

The Leadership Academy begins with a day and a half program on leadership, focusing on what is “bad leadership “at which leadership concepts will be introduced and participants will get to know one another. Following there will be a retreat and three additional monthly sessions that will cover various leadership concepts. The Academy concludes with a graduation ceremony and induction as an Academy Partner.

The monthly sessions are held at various locations around the city to acquaint participants with the services and programs offered by community organizations. Representatives of these organizations are invited to make a brief presentation and give tours of the facility.


Some of the topics covered include “Communication Skills and How Adults Learn” with Kathy Story; “Leadership through Service” with Ed Glasscock; “Service through Politics” with Representative Scott Brinkman; “Mediating or Negotiation: Resolving Conflict” with Hon. Steve Mershon; “Character, Integrity & Your Moral Code—Developing/Defining Your Personal Ethics” with Professor Al Gini; and “Overcoming Resistance to Change in your Practice” with Donna King Perry.

Tuition is $975, which covers approximately 20 hours of CLE credit (including 9.0 ethics hours), lunches and printed materials. A limited number of scholarships are available. Note: All CLE is pending accreditation.

To apply, contact CLE Director Lisa Anspach at or CLICK HERE to download the application.