The Maryland State Bar Association Leadership Academy offers a 12-month program designed to assist lawyers become better leaders and offering opportunities for future leadership roles in the MSBA.

Each year, 15 Fellows are chosen from applications submitted to the MSBA. During their term, the Fellows will spend time attending MSBA events, developing and implementing a public service project, as well as attending a special program on public speaking, media relations, interviewing skills, conducting effective meetings, budgeting, and many other related areas. Fellows establish a relationship with past Bar Presidents and current bar leaders to learn more about the MSBA and to enhance leadership skills.

Team building is a significant part of the Academy, wherein the Fellows develop relationships that will last long after the Academy. The skills the Fellows learn will benefit the MSBA, the local or specialty bar associations and the public as a whole.


2023-2024 Leadership Academy Fellows

Jason Alston

Sophia Barilone

Dean Christmon

Menelik Coates

James Crosland

Valerie Desroches

Robert Flowers

Kelyne Folefac

Jasmine Pope

Shukriyah Satterfield

Michelle Sloan

Tenette Smith

Trevonne Walford


News & Updates


November 28,2023

Once a Fellow, Always a Fellow

By Guest Author
September 18,2023

Leadership Academy Welcomes New Fellows

By Colleen Aracri
April 26,2022

The Role of Corporate Counsel in Access to Justice

By Pamela Langham


Committee Roster


For a full roster of committee members, visit the MSBA Member Directory.

Ex Officio
Jessica Quincosa

Michael Hudak

Hon. Myshala Middleton