Leadership Academy

Oklahoma Attorneys Graduate From Leadership Academy

(April 20, 2018) Twenty-two Oklahoma attorneys graduated today from the OBA’s 2017-2018 Leadership Academy. Graduates completed the academy’s training in leadership, motivation and communication. This is the sixth class to graduate since the academy’s origination in 2007.

OBA President Kimberly Hays of Tulsa said, “Selection to participate in the academy is an honor and with the leadership skills they have learned, the graduates will become even stronger leaders in both their communities and the legal profession.”

Graduates are:

Melissa York, Law Offices of Melissa L. York PLLC

Kristina Bell, City of Norman City Attorney’s Office
Gigi McCormick, Oklahoma Department of Human Services
Katherine Trent, Trent Westman Law Group

Oklahoma City
John Barbush, John E. Barbush PC
Andrew Casey, Forshee & Yaffe
John W. “Billy” Coyle IV, Coyle Law Firm
Tiece Dempsey, Office of the Federal Public Defender, Western District of Oklahoma
Randy Gordon, Hall & Ludlam PLLC
Kari Hawkins, Oklahoma Attorney General’s Office
April Kelso, Pierce Couch Hendrickson Baysinger & Green LLP
Amber Martin, Martin Law Office
Candice Milard, Milard Law PLLC
Howard Morrow, Morrow Law Firm PLLC
Elizabeth Oglesby, Angela Ailles & Associates
Kendall Sykes, Cathy Christensen & Associates PC

Grayson Barnes, Barnes Law PLLC
Christopher Brecht, Perrine, Redemann, Berry, Taylor & Sloan PLLC
Ruth Calvillo, Fry & Elder
Melissa East, McDaniel Acord PLLC
Alexis Gardner, Gardener Law Firm PLLC

Clayton Baker, Ward, Lee & Coats PLC

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 as well as how to communicate, motivate and succeed in their legal careers and as community leaders. The academy included four sessions, beginning September 2017 and ending April 2018. Sessions were led by experienced leaders from various backgrounds including military officers, former OBA presidents, leadership experts and high profile public officials.


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

How Do I Apply?

The OBA Leadership Academy is held every two years. Check back June 1, 2019 for details.

What is the Cost?

A non-refundable application fee will be determined prior to the start of the 2019-2020 session. 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.