Leadership Academy hosts training in Worcester

Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016
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Top: MBA Treasurer Christopher A. Kenney; Michael P. Sams, co-founder, Kenney & Sams; Hon. Judith Fabricant, Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Superior Court; Hon. Timothy S. Hillman, U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts, MBA President Jeffrey N. Catalano and Wayne Budd, Goodwin Procter LLP. Bottom: Fellows meet with Budd for roundtable discussion.

The MBA's Leadership Academy hosted its second training session for 21 fellows selected for 2016-17 on Dec. 12 at the U.S. District Court in Worcester. The theme of the session was "Unique Perspectives on Public Service."

Speakers were Hon. Judith Fabricant, Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Superior Court, Wayne Budd, Goodwin Procter LLP and former U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts, and Michael P. Sams, co-founder of Kenney & Sams. Hon. Timothy S. Hillman, U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts, provided welcoming remarks to the group.

Each of the three featured speakers offered their thoughts and advice on leadership in short presentations to the entire group of fellows before roundtable discussions were held in smaller groups. This format gave the fellows an opportunity to ask questions and interact with the speakers in a more personalized setting.

Launched in September, the MBA's Leadership Academy is a selective 12-month program for attorneys that is designed to recruit and nurture future bar and civic leaders.

The Leadership Academy Fellows selected for the inaugural 2016-17 Leadership Academy class represent a diverse group of talented attorneys from across the commonwealth with three to 10 years of experience, along with the 2016 recipient of the MBA's Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. Scholarship. Leadership Academy Fellows are given the opportunity to network, collaborate and build relationships with bar leaders; develop and enhance leadership skills important to their future in the legal profession; and get an insider's look at the important role the MBA plays within the legal system.