|Bar Leadership Institute
Lisa M. Benzie and Melinda C. Ghilardi
Co-Chairs, Bar Leadership Institute Committee>
Applications Now Being Accepted for PBA Bar Leadership Institute Class of 2017-18
We are seeking applications for the PBA Bar Leadership Institute program for the 2017-18 bar year. Ten individuals will be selected for this year's class.
The criteria for inclusion in the 10-member class are a demonstration of leadership ability in some capacity, a willingness to make the time commitment to the seven-month program and being 38 years old or younger or having practiced five years or less. Membership in the PBA is required; however, prior active participation in the PBA is not a criterion.
Please help us to select the very best bar leadership class possible by sharing this information with worthy candidates or submitting an application if you meet the eligibility criteria.
Bar Leadership Institute Overview
Candidate Application Form
Reference Form (to be forwarded and completed by your references)
The application packet is due by May 5, 2017. Candidates will be notified of their selection in June.
If you have questions about the process, please contact Susan Etter, PBA Director of County Bar Services, Education & Special Projects
Phone: 800-932-0311, ext. 2256
PBA President Austin Welcomes Bar Leadership Institute Class of 2016-2017
PBA President Sarah A. Austin and the co-chairs of the PBA Bar Leadership Institute (BLI) welcomed the recently selected BLI Class of 2016-2017 at the YLD Summer Meeting/New Admittee Conference at Toftrees Golf Resort, State College, July 27-29, 2016. Shown here during the event are, from left, Diana M. Collins, Sarah L. Quinn, Edward A. "Ted" Knafelc, Andrew J. Throckmorton, Isaac A. Hof, PBA President Austin, Peter W. Klein, Dr. Jennifer K. Wagner, Denise C. Pekelnicky, Nicole Thurner-Kievit, Rachel R. Hadrick, BLI Co-chair Lisa M. Benzie, Zachary J. Kansler, BLI Co-chair Melinda C. Ghilardi and Ashley M. Securda.
PBA Bar Leadership Institute Class of 2016-2017
Read the media release on the following 12 participants named to the 2016-2017 Bar Leadership Institute (BLI) class:
Edward A. "Ted" Knafelc, Strassburger McKenn Gutnick & Gefsky, Beaver
Andrew J. Throckmorton, Brown Law PLLC, Newtown
Nicole Thurner-Kievit, Heck Silbaugh Attorneys at Law, Valencia
Dr. Jennifer K. Wagner, State College
Sarah L. Quinn, Steptoe & Johnson PLLC, Meadville
Rachel R. Hadrick, McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC, Harrisburg
Peter W. Klein, Pennsylvania Legislative Reference Bureau, Harrisburg
Denise C. Pekelnicky, Law Office of Denise Pekelnicky, North East
Isaac A. Hof, Seidel, Cohen, Hof & Reid LLC, Bethlehem
Diana M. Collins, Pittston
Ashley M. Securda, Williamson Friedberg & Jones LLC, Pottsville
Zachary J. Kansler, Tremba, Kinney, Greiner & Kerr LLC, Greensburg
If you have questions about the process, please contact Susan Etter, PBA education and special projects coordinator.
Phone: 800-932-0311, ext. 2256
BLI Members Among New Pennsylvania Bar Foundation Fellows
Six current or former BLI members recently joined the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation (PBF) class of 2012. The group shown above being inducted by Chief Justice of Pennsylvania Ronald D. Castille includes three BLI members present at the induction ceremony during the PBA Annual Meeting in May 2012. They are Alison Wasserman, (second from left), Traci Naugle (third from left) and Melissa Leininger (eighth from left). Two BLI members also hold leadership positions on the PBF Board.
- Lars Anderson: BLI class of 2011-2012; PBF Young Lawyer Life Fellow, class of 2012
- Guerline Laurore: BLI class of 2010-2011; PBF Commonwealth Club member and PBF Zone 11 Director
- Melissa Leininger: BLI class of 2011-2012; PBF Young Lawyer Fellow, class of 2012, and PBF Board-Designated Director for the PBA Young Lawyers Division
- Traci Naugle: BLI class of 2010-20111; PBF Young Lawyer Fellow, class of 2012
- Gerald Shoemaker: BLI class of 2011-2012; PBF Young Lawyer Life Fellow since 2008
- Kevin Taccino: BLI class of 2010-2011; PBF Young Lawyer Fellow, class of 2012
- Alison Wasserman: BLI class of 2011-2012; PBF Young Lawyer Fellow, class of 2012
- Phil Yoon: BLI class of 2010-2011; PBF Young Lawyer Fellow, class of 2012
The PBF works to improve the public's understanding of the law and its appreciation of democracy and strives to ensure that citizens, particularly Pennsylvania's most vulnerable, have full access to our legal system. It accomplishes its mission by making grants; providing loan repayment assistance to attorneys working in IOLTA-funded civil legal services organizations; seeking financial support from individuals and organizations both within and outside of the legal community; and encouraging bar members to donate their time, talent and expertise in service to the public. For more information or to support the work of the PBF, visit their website, www.pabarfoundation.org/. PBF Young Lawyer Life Fellows pledge $500 to the foundation. The pledge commitment may be fulfilled through a lump sum contribution or in annual installments of $125 over four consecutive years or in 48 monthly installments of $10.42. The contribution must be completed before aging out of the PBA Young Lawyers Division. PBF Life Fellows pledge $1,000 to the foundation. The pledge commitment may be fulfilled through a lump sum contribution or in annual installments of $250 over four consecutive years or in 48 monthly installments of $20.84. PBF Commonwealth Club members pledge $5,000 to the foundation. The pledge commitment may be fulfilled through a lump sum contribution or in installments of $500 over 10 consecutive years or in 120 monthly installments of $41.67.
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Recent Profiles of PBA Presidents
The purpose of the Pennsylvania Bar Association as stated in the by-laws and original charter:
- to advance the science of jurisprudence;
- to promote the administration of justice;
- to see that no one, on account of poverty, is denied his or her legal rights;
- to secure proper legislation;
- to encourage a thorough legal education;
- to uphold the honor and dignity of the Bar;
- to cultivate cordial relations among the lawyers of Pennsylvania; and
- to perpetuate the history of the profession and the memory of its members.
BLI participants will learn about the day-to-day operations, governance, resources and staffing of the association. Participants will be introduced to the various leadership opportunities within the PBA and each participant will be paired with an experienced and committed mentor who is a member of the Board of Governors.
Legacy Project - The Legacy Project video library archives PBA history and captures the wisdom and advice from past presidents.
The Pennsylvania Bar Association: A Brief History
This is a wonderful article from the January/February 2010 edition of the Pennsylvania Lawyer. It was written by the late Ted Stellwag, executive director emeritus of the PBA. Stellwag had an abiding love of history and historic preservation, especially when it came to the PBA and the Maclay Mansion, the PBA headquarters building in Harrisburg. This is a "must-read" for all PBA members.