Thursday, May 22, 2014

Bar Leadership Institute Celebrates Closing Reception

The Hillsborough County Bar Association's Bar Leadership Institute Class of 2013-2014 wrapped up the Bar year on May 22 with a closing reception at the Chester Ferguson Law Center in Tampa. HCBA President Susan Johnson-Velez and President-Elect Ben Hill IV congratulated the young attorneys on a successful year of professional growth and encouraged them to continue on their path toward leadership within the HCBA.

The 2013-14 class consisted of: Zachary L. Bayne, Kimberly B. Cook, T.J. Ferrante, Melissa Gonzalez, Ashley S. Grant, Alexandra N. Haddad, Lee Harang, Maja Lacevic, Tim Martin, Karen Middlekauff, Jason Montes, Maria Obradovich, Anthony J. Palermo, Rinky S. Parwani, Eliot Peace, Jared Perez, Camaria Pettis-Mackle, Taylor Russo, Anthony Severino, Stathia Sferios, Robert Stines, and John Trujillo Jr.

The participants in this program are young attorneys of diverse backgrounds who have the potential to develop into future leaders. The leadership program is designed to:

- Develop the professional and interpersonal skills necessary to succeed in a group dynamic

- Develop the skills necessary to succeed in a leadership role in professional, service, and extracurricular activities

- Expose and discuss issues facing legal professionals such as time management, public relations, and community involvement

- Increase knowledge of service opportunities in the HCBA and other community outreach programs

- Identify areas where participants would like to provide volunteer service to their community

Each year, the program consists of seven learning modules and culminates with the completion of a community service project that is chosen, managed, and completed by the participants.

If you'd like to be considered for next year's class, please email

The class would like to thank their leaders - Jamie Meola, Dee Anna Hays and Carter Andersen - as well as this year's sponsor: The Bank of Tampa.