Oklahoma Bar Journal

Oklahoma Attorneys Selected for Leadership Academy 2017/2018


The Oklahoma Bar Association announces the 23 participants of its sixth annual OBA Leadership Academy class selected from applications throughout the state.

“I’m so excited for members of the sixth OBA Leadership Academy,” said OBA President Linda Thomas of Bartlesville. “They will learn professional skills that will enhance the way they incorporate service and leadership into their practice. The Leadership Academy is a great opportunity for them to grow professional relationships and refine essential communication skills. I look forward to working with each of them.”

The OBA Leadership Academy will offer four sessions set to begin in September 2017. The academy will conclude
in April 2018.

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 academy class will participate in sessions led by experienced leaders from various backgrounds including military officers, former OBA presidents, leadership experts and high-profile public officials.

Clayton Baker of Logan & Lowry LLP

Melissa York of Mid-America Christian University

Kristina Bell of the City of Norman Attorney’s Office; Gigi McCormick of the Department of Human Services; Katherine Trent of Katherine Trent, Attorney at Law

Oklahoma City
John Barbush of John E. Barbush PC; John W. Coyle IV of Coyle Law Firm; Tiece Dempsey of the Office of the Federal Public Defender of Western District; Randy Gordon of Hall & Ludlam PLLC; Kari Hawkins of the Oklahoma Attorney General’s Office; April Kelso of Needham & Associates PLLC; Amber Martin of Martin Law Office; Candice Milard of Milard Law PLLC; Howard Morrow of Morrow Law Firm PLLC; Elizabeth Oglesby of Angela Ailles & Associates; Ryan Patterson of Majid & Patterson PLLC; Kendall Sykes of Cathy Christensen & Associates PC

Andrew Casey of Stinnett Law

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

More information about the Leadership Academy is available on the OBA website at www.okbar.org/members/leadership.aspx.

Originally published in the Oklahoma Bar Journal -- OBJ 88 pg. 1738 (Sept. 9, 2017)