Bar Leadership Institute    
Bar Leadership Institute
Philip H. Yoon and Melinda C. Ghilardi
Co-Chairs, Bar Leadership Institute Committee
BLI Member
Guidebook

 

PBA President López Welcomes Bar Leadership Institute Class of 2017-2018

Pennsylvania Bar Association President Sharon R. López has named 11 Pennsylvania lawyers to the 2017-18 class of the association’s Bar Leadership Institute (BLI). 

Allegheny County
Amber Reiner, Picadio Sneath Miller & Norton PC, Pittsburgh

Beaver County
Frank Paganie, Beaver County Public Defender’s Office/Law Office of John Salopek, Ambridge

Blair County
Jon Higgins, Beard Legal Group, Altoona

Centre County
Sharon Barney, Leech Tishman Fuscaldo Lampl LLC, State College

Dauphin County
Gina Miller, Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, Harrisburg

Lackawanna County
Katie Nealon, Munley Law PC, Scranton

Lehigh County
Keri Schantz, Allentown

Monroe County
Donald Gual, Monroe County Court of Common Pleas, Stroudsburg

Montgomery County
Michael Lyon, Kane Pugh Knoell Troy & Kramer LLP, Norristown

Philadelphia County
Jordan Fischer, XPAN Law Group, Philadelphia

Read the media release on the participants named to the 2017-2018 Bar Leadership Institute (BLI) class. 

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.

Learn About the Bar Leadership Institute Class of 2016-2017

Learn About the Bar Leadership Institute Class of 2015-2016

Learn About the Bar Leadership Institute Class of 2014-2015

Learn About the Bar Leadership Institute Class of 2013-2014

Learn About the Bar Leadership Institute Class of 2012-2013

Learn About the Bar Leadership Institute Class of 2011-2012

Learn About the Bar Leadership Institute Class of 2010-2011

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.