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Leadership Academy Up And Running

Leadership Academy Up And Running

The North Carolina Bar Association’s Leadership Academy Class of 2019 convened for its first weekend of training and activities on March 1-2. This is the ninth installment of the NCBA’s innovative leadership training program.

In addition to programming conducted at the N.C. Bar Center in Cary, the entire class of young lawyers participated in the fourth and final shift of the North Carolina Bar Foundation's 4ALL Statewide Service Day at WRAL-TV 5 in Raleigh. View photos here.

The mission of the Leadership Academy is to help young lawyers become effective leaders in their communities, including the legal profession, their firms, legal departments or other workplaces, other organizations with which they are associated, their local, state, national or even international communities, and any other environments where lawyers regularly have calls or opportunities for leadership.

The Leadership Academy was implemented in 2011 during the tenure of President Gene Pridgen under the direction of Past-President Norfleet Pruden. NCBA Past- President Shelby Benton and Roberta King Latham, former chair of the Young Lawyers Division, serve as co-chairs of the NCBA Leadership Academy initiative.

The NCBA is again partnering with Joy Ruhmann and Level Up Leadership of Raleigh to provide this year’s training.

Front from left: Claire Duff, Larissa Mervin, Christina Cress, Elizabeth Morales and Madison Mackenzie. Middle row: Amish Patel, Casey Ferri, Kara Blunk, Mary Kathryn Kurth, Marissa Meredith and Rachel Nicholas. Back row: Vince Hyatt, Allen Trask III, Matthew Houston, Katye Griffin and Jasmine Pitt.

Members of the NCBA Leadership Academy Class of 2019 are:

Kara Brunk, Raleigh
Smith, Anderson, Blount, Dorsett, Mitchell & Jernigan, LLP

Christina Cress, Raleigh
Nichols, Choi & Lee, PLLC

Claire Duff, Raleigh
Wake County Attorney's Office    

Casey Ferri, Charlotte
Conrad Trosch & Kemmy, PA

Katye Griffin, Raleigh
Fox Rothschild LLP

Matthew Houston, Raleigh
K&L Gates LLP      

Vince Hyatt, Candler
Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians        

Mary Kathryn Kurth, Raleigh
Edwards Kirby        

Madison Mackenzie, Raleigh
NC Real Estate Commission       

Marissa Meredith, Greensboro
Elon University School of Law     

Larissa Mervin, Davidson
Legal Aid of NC     

Elizabeth Morales, Chapel Hill
Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson, P.A.      

Rachel Nicholas, Durham
Schwartz and Shaw, PLLC

Amish Patel, Raleigh
Williams Mullen      

Jasmine Pitt, Clemmons
Bennett Guthrie Latham, PLLC    

Allen Trask III, Wilmington
Ward and Smith, P.A.

Additional sessions will be held April 3 and May 14 at the N.C. Bar Center, June 11 at various downtown Raleigh locations, and June 20-23 at the NCBA Annual Meeting in Asheville.