Leadership Institute


Application deadline for the 2018 program is now extended to March 15!

Applications must be received by March 15, 2018. Participation is limited. For more information, click here for the application.

The CBA’s Leadership Institute is a program designed to enhance the leadership skills and foster the professional growth of Chicago attorneys. The program will provide emerging leaders within Chicago’s legal community with the practical knowledge and business development strategies necessary to attain and be successful in significant leadership roles.

The Leadership Institute curriculum consists of substantive sessions and a closing reception taking place from April through June 2018. Each session will have a specific topic and skill, which build upon the topics and skills addressed in prior sessions. A complete list of meetings and topics is included on the application. Participants can earn 15 hours of MCLE credit. Those who successfully complete the program will receive a graduation certificate.


The following faculty members are confirmed to participate in the 2018 CBA Leadership Institute.

Check back later for additional updates.

Holly Barocio, Principal Consultant, GrowthPlay

Patricia Brown Holmes, Partner, Riley, Safer, Holmes & Cancila LLP

Steven Elrod, Partner, Holland & Knight LLP

Tasneem Goodman, Managing Director, GrowthPlay

Angel Gomez, AG Gomez Consulting, LLC

Pari Karim, Training Director, Center for Conflict Resolution

Tom Valenti, Valenti Law, P.C.




Congratulations to those who successfully completed

The Chicago Bar Association’s 2017 Leadership Institute Program


Roberto Dall’Asta


Jessica Schneider

The Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law


Noah Frank

SmithAmundsen LLC

Benjamin Schuster

Holland &Knight


Anthony Fuga

Holland & Knight

Shawn Staples

Much Shelist


Jeremy Gordon

Seyfarth Shaw

Bruce Van Baren

Reed Smith


David Kurszewski

Baker & McKenzie

Ben Waldin

Eimer Stahl


Caroline Manley

Center for Disability and Elder Law

Ji Yan

Schiff Hardin


Joseph Motto

Winston & Strawn



The CBA also acknowledges the following individuals for their participation in the 2017 program:

Wasim Bleibel

Locke Lord

Merili Seale

Bryan Cave


Chris Hopkins

Clark Hill

Shaun Van Horn

Jenner & Block


Chloe Milstein

Neil Gerber Eisenberg

David Williams

Drinker Biddle & Reath


Christina Olson

Seyfarth Shaw









Related Files
2018 Leadership Institute Application