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Leadership Institute: Leadership Principles in the Public Sector

  • When: 27 February 2024, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
  • Where: Virtual
  • Cost: $40 for WCL members; $60 for nonmembers; $195 for all 4 sessions

The public sector presents many unique challenges as you progress through your career. Unlike the private sector, you will have sole client responsibility right away and you may find yourself moving into a leadership role 3-5 years into your first position. With great power comes great responsibility. As a community, we are good at providing skills training that serves clients. We are less effective at providing skills-building to help you be successful supervisors and community leaders.  All that will now change with our newly launched Leadership Institute.

Join us for our Leadership Institute, designed specifically for public interest lawyers. We will address the specific challenges and rewards that come with early career leadership responsibilities, offer concrete tips and strategies for supporting your team, and explore how self-care must be a part of your professional competencies.

We kick off this 4-part series with Leadership Principles in the Public Sector. Long-time legal services and now government advocate Beth Mellen, Assistant Deputy Attorney General, Public Advocacy Division, Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia, will explore the leadership principles vital to public-interest leaders and how to manage increasing responsibility early in your career.

Then, we will take a deeper dive into the core competencies of leadership in the following three sessions.

  • Managing vs Supervising: How to Support Your Team While Moving Forward the Mission on Tuesday, April 23
  • Wellness & Managing Secondary Trauma: Why It’s Important to Professional Competency on Tuesday, May 21
  • Personnel Actions on Tuesday, June 25

All the sessions are from 12:00-1:30 pm ET. The cost is just $40 per session for members and $60 per session for non-members. There is also a discounted package rate for all 4 sessions, which is available until the date of the first session. Scholarships are available thanks to the generosity of the DC Bar Foundation. Please fill out this online scholarship request form.

Our Leadership Institute is appropriate for lawyers who are currently team leaders, first or second-line supervisors, those who hope to move into a leadership role in the next 12 months, and anyone who could use a primer on effective leadership.

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