Leadership Academy 2015-2016


Twenty-two future leaders of Oklahoma’s legal community will receive training in leadership, motivation and communication as members of the Oklahoma Bar Association Leadership Academy class of 2016. The academy participants have been selected from a pool of applicants spanning the state.

“Being a lawyer is a calling that carries with it obligations that transcend the mere delivery of services,” said OBA President David Poarch of Norman. “The Oklahoma Bar Association’s Leadership Academy prepares those who want to serve our profession, our bar and our state by providing them with tools to help them better communicate, motivate and succeed.”


Originating from the OBA’s Leadership Conference in 2007, the academy is aimed at developing the future leaders of the OBA by giving Oklahoma attorneys training in the core principles of effective leadership and how to communicate, motivate and succeed in their legal careers and also as community leaders. The 2015-2016 group will be the fifth class to graduate from the academy.

The OBA Leadership Academy will include five sessions, the first of which is set for September 2015 and the academy will conclude with its fifth and final session in April 2016. Sessions will be led by experienced leaders from various backgrounds including military officers, former OBA presidents, leadership experts and high profile public officials.


Del City
Susan Rogers of the Oklahoma State Board of Dentistry

Rachel Morris of Evans & Davis PLLC

El Reno
Ashton Handley of The Handley Law Center

Terry Moore of Moore Law Office

Claire Bailey of Bailey & Poarch; Rachel Pappy of the Law Offices of Rod Polston; Jeanne Snider of the City Attorney’s Office, Norman, OK; Rebekah Taylor of Nichols Law Firm

Oklahoma City
Amber Brock of Hornbeek Vitali & Braun; Cody Cooper of Phillips Murrah P.C.; Clayton Cotton of Fenton, Fenton, Smith, Reneau & Moon; Stephen Geries of Collins, Zorn & Wagner PC; John Graves of the Law Office of John H. Graves PLLC; Tessa Hager of the Office of the Attorney General; Jacob Jean of Christensen Law Group PLLC; Patrick Lane of Miller Dollarhide PC; Karolina Roberts of Elias, Books, Brown & Nelson; Ryan Schaller of First American Title & Trust Co.; Russell Woody of Hartzog Conger Cason & Neville

Timothy Luke Barteaux of Fry & Elder; Emily Crain of The Allison Firm PLLC; Elizabeth Kathleen Pence of Pence, Reddy & Feldhake PC


Call or email OBA Educational Programs Director Susan Damron at 405-416-7028; SusanK@okbar.org.

What is the Cost?

There is a $40 non-refundable application fee and you are responsible for your own travel expenses. Checks payable to OBA should be mailed to the attention of Susan Damron, 1901 N. Lincoln Blvd., Oklahoma City, OK 73105. The OBA picks up the costs for all programming, food, and, for participants living more than 60 miles away, hotel accommodations.