Be yourself; no base imitator of another, but your best self.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self-Reliance and Other Essays
Our association, like the MSBA, ABA and so many other nonprofit trade and professional associations across the country, is now formally engaged in the business of training leaders. We not only pair attorney mentors to newly admitted lawyer mentees (as we have for decades), but our Leadership Development Academy is in its fourth year training new lawyers who demonstrate potential to be tomorrow’s BAMC leaders. Each year we are fortunate to applications too numerous for us to accept all well qualified candidates. Academy fellows choose year-long projects that make a real difference—this year working to increase member awareness of our Bar Foundation’s charitable works and the ease with which we can contribute to its Endowment Fund.