Leadership Development Academy
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The Leadership Development Academy develops lawyers to be informed, committed and involved so that they may be empowered as leaders throughout the Indiana community, local and state bar associations, and as role models in matters of ethics and professionalism.


Participants engage with professional facilitators and prominent speakers with a variety of experiences and expertise. As they travel around the state, class members actively engage in panel discussions, group activities and demonstrations with our faculty. Past graduates have praised the focus on servant leadership principles and techniques as well as efficiency and effectiveness in both professional relations and community involvement. In learning about the challenges and rewards of leadership in action, LDA grads return to their communities inspired to make a difference in big and small ways. They are recognized as future leaders both locally and statewide.


Members of the faculty include Indiana Supreme Court justices and Court of Appeals and trial court judges; members of the executive and legislative branches of Indiana government; and prominent business and military leaders.

About the LDA Program

Applications typically are available in the Fall.

Classes hae about 25 participants. There will be five sessions, each incorporating at least one overnight stay. Candidates must be able to travel to and attend each session entirely.

The program fee ($1,600) covers sessions, lodging, most meals, snacks, and CLE. Scholarships are available for those demonstrating need.

Class members will earn enough CLE and NLS credits to satisfy the year’s requirements.

Applicants are asked to provide:

  • Ways in which they provide a unique perspective
  • Professional details
  • One (required) or two (recommended) letters of recommendation
  • Descriptions of your leadership goals, community involvement, and goals for the community
  • An endorsement from their employer demonstrating their support in attending all sessions.

Who is eligible for LDA?

The program is designed for (but not restricted to) lawyers with 0-15 years of practice. All ISBA members are welcome and encouraged to apply (applicants must be ISBA members).


Current LDA Class

Learn about the current LDA Class (Class 9) in this press release.

Access your materials and other important information on this page (must be a member of LDA Class 9 to access this page).


LDA Alumni



For more information, contact Catheryne Pully at cpully@inbar.org.


Insights from Previous LDA Grads

Read Q&A blog articles from Andrew Teel and Traci Cosby.

“No other leadership program takes the time to travel around to different communities and expose the class to a bird's eye view of what is happening all around the state. The involvement of state government, the Indiana Supreme Court and support from local and county bar associations is also unmatched from any other program. No matter your practice area, if you are licensed to practice in Indiana, you should be engaging with the Indiana State Bar Association, and this program is the pipeline for future leadership.” Emily Storm-Smith, VP, Senior Corporate Counsel, Strada Education Network, Inc.

“LDA challenged me to become more self-aware of my tendencies and areas of growth in group settings, and provided a unique opportunity for me to improve my skills in a low-pressure environment. Activity-wise, it is hard to beat playing paint-ball with a Justice of the Indiana Supreme Court.” Tyler L. Jones, Associate Attorney, Stuart + Branigin, LLP

"LDA is a unique experience because each meeting requires the attendees to disconnect from their offices, travel to a different location and immerse themselves in the experience for a couple of days. Because of the time that we spent together in both formal and informal settings during the LDA, we were able to get to know our class members and form connections that have lasted beyond the end of the academy." Michele Lorbieski, Attorney, Hewitt Law & Mediation

“The biggest benefit from being a part of LDA was spending personal, one-on-one time, with the judges, instructors, and classmates that I likely never would have seen in my specific practice area. That was invaluable, and I still have many friends from my class as a result of those interactions.” W. Kent Winingham, Attorney, Wilson Kehoe Winingham