The New Jersey State Bar Association welcomed the first class of fellows to its Leadership Academy.
The class of 10 lawyers will participate in the recently formed academy, which the association created to help young lawyers attain the skills to become the next generation of bar and community leaders. A core goal of the academy is to foster diversity and inclusion in the legal profession.
“Our academy will foster the development of a cadre of diverse and inclusive leaders who will be available for leadership and service to the association, the state, federal and local entities, other bar associations and groups that make up the fabric of our society,” said Association President Miles S. Winder III, who has spearheaded the academy.
The fellows represent lawyers from a wide swath of the legal community. In the coming year, they will be required to take part in nine meetings and will graduate at the association’s Annual Meeting and Convention in Atlantic City in May 2016.
The academy’s curriculum will tap bar association, government, business and community leaders to discuss how to craft a strategic plan, how to effectively communicate, the issues facing the legal profession, and how organizations and government entities work. It will also explore the ethics of making difficult decisions and examine the paths leaders have followed to success.
In addition to the programming, the fellows are also expected to participate in a state bar association section, committee or group, or in a bar-related or community group. They also must agree to act as a mentor to future fellows, for at least two years.
The Leadership Academy fellows are:
Borenstein McConnell & Calpin, PC, Springfield
Emily J. Bordens
Bressler Amery & Ross, Florham Park
Kevin Michael Brennan
Mondelez Global, LLC, East Hanover
Melinda Colon Cox
Parker Ibrahim & Berg, LLC, Somerset
Christine Smith Fellows
Cape May County Prosecutor's Office
Archer & Greiner, P.C., Haddonfield
Deputy Attorney General, Newark
Brian Schwartz, Attorney at Law, LLC, Summit
Christine Kim Neeman
Deputy Attorney General, Trenton
Essex County Prosecutor’s Office, Newark
Joshua H. Reinitz
Iacullo Martino, LLC, Nutley
Leslie A. Saint
Jackson Lewis, PC, Morristown
Seigel Capozzi Law Firm, Ridgewood