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Bar Leadership Institute Graduates



Message from Bar Leadership Institute (BLI) Committtee Chair Jason D. Stevens


The BLI Program is a leadership development program designed to develop and strengthen lawyers as leaders and to help position them to serve in the MCB, MBF, and community.  The BLI Program has been in existence since 2002 and to date, 229 lawyers have graduated from it. 
On an annual basis, the BLI Program is slightly tweaked to help ensure that its programming is relevant and aligned to MCB/MBF strategic priorities.  On a less frequent basis, the Program takes “pause years” – years when there is no BLI class – so that the Program itself can be reviewed from beginning to end.  This year (2016-17) is one such year, and our BLI Committee is working diligently to review the BLI Program (both content and structure) to ensure that it is well-positioned to serve its future students.  As such, we will not be inviting applications or recommendations for a class this year; rather, we will defer the next class to January 2018 (with applications being accepted in the fall of 2017).

 If you have any questions, please contact me at or MCB Director of Compliance & Ethics Shannon Rae Reid at