Associate Dean of Students Annamaria Steward, a member of the D.C. Bar's Leadership Development Committee (LDC), is helping to launch the D.C. Bar Leadership Academy in March 2013, the official goal of which is "to identify, inspire, and educate D.C. Bar members to be leaders of the Bar and to encourage them to use their leadership skills in professional settings, local bar associations, and community organizations.”
"What the Bar realized is that just because somebody is a great lawyer, it doesn’t necessarily mean they have great leadership skills. Whether or not you’re on the Board of Governors or involved in Sections, leadership skills are really important within the Bar because you’re dealing with a volunteer group of board members and section members,” says Dean Steward.
Attorneys who attend the D.C. Bar Leadership Academy also stand to gain leadership skills they can apply outside the Bar. "The idea is that the skills they will learn will also benefit them within their practice areas; it’ll add value across the board. You’re getting skills that you can use not only in your practice area and your place of employment, but also within any volunteer organization you participate in,” says Steward, chair of the LDC’s Potential Leaders Subcommittee.