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About the Bar Leadership Institute

Sponsored by the ABA Standing Committee on Bar Activities and Services and the Division for Bar Services, the ABA Bar Leadership Institute is the premier program for developing the skills and substantive grounding for leading a bar association with inspiration, insight and innovation.

Why is the ABA Bar Leadership Institute a must-attend event? Leaders from bar associations large and small discuss the essential skills and useful tips they've learned at the BLI.

A Message from Bill Bay

On behalf of the ABA Standing Committee on Bar Activities and Services and the ABA Division for Bar Services staff, I invite you to attend the Bar Leadership Institute (BLI), March 10-11, 2011, at the Chicago Marriott Downtown in Chicago, Illinois.

The BLI provides an excellent overview of bar association leadership, governance and communication and is intended to guide incoming bar presidents in their roles as stewards of their bar associations. The BLI is not just for bar association presidents. Foundation leaders, young lawyer organization chairs, prospective board members and section chairs also will find the programming valuable as they prepare for their respective leadership roles. Association chief staff executives and other senior staff who have leader liaison duties are highly encouraged to attend with their officers. It is a wonderful opportunity for the leadership team, elected leaders and executive staff to strengthen their working relationship, and to strategically think about and plan for the coming year.

When I attended the BLI as president-elect of the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, the program provided insights and guidance that I could not have gained elsewhere. Now, as chair of the ABA Standing Committee on Bar Activities and Services, I am proud to invite you to the ABA's premier activity conducted for the benefit of state, local and special focus bar associations. This conference is truly one of the best examples of how the ABA Division of Bar Services brings leaders and resources together.

The BLI has never been more important as we address leadership in a time of change. Its unique format provides practical help to prepare you for every challenge you will face. To read more about the program, register, or make hotel reservations, carefully read and follow the instructions provided. The early deadline for registration is January 21 (save up to $50 per registrant). The final registration deadline is February 18. If you have questions about the BLI, contact Karyn Linn at the ABA Division for Bar Services. I am also available to answer any questions you may have.

Plan to join us for the BLI Welcome Reception and early registration on Wednesday, March 9 beginning at 4:00 pm. You will have an opportunity to spend time with BLI sponsors and colleagues.

We look forward to seeing you at the BLI.


William R. Bay
Chair, ABA Standing Committee on Bar Activities and Services

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Chicago Marriott Downtown

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