Melissa Sawyer

Monticello attorney Melissa Sawyer is among 20 Arkansas lawyers selected for the Arkansas Bar Association’s Leadership Academy, a new program designed to enhance the knowledge and skills of participating attorneys and produce higher level leaders with skills that can transform the community and revolutionize the legal profession.

The selected attorneys are a diverse group of lawyers from across the state who have been identified as emerging leaders, according to an Arkansas bar Association news release.

The attorneys will attend four sessions beginning in January that focus on different areas of leadership that are designed to create a diverse network of lawyers with the knowledge, skills, and values to provide dynamic leadership to the profession, their communities, and the state. The Leadership Academy will close by giving back to the community through a Pro Bono project. The final session will give the attorneys a chance to utilize their skills before the graduation ceremony and at the annual meeting in Hot Springs on June 7, 2012.

The following attorneys were selected:

Melissa N. Sawyer
Law Office of Melissa Sawyer

John T. Adams
First Federal Bank

Shelly Hogan Koehler
Perroni & Koehler Law Firm

S. Renee Brida
Law Office of S. Renee Brida

Jessica Middleton-Kurylo
Arkansas Prostate Cancer Foundation

Cory D. Childs
Mitchell, Williams, Selig, Gates & Woodyard, P.L.L.C.

Angelia Esparza Muldoon
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

Joel M. DiPippa
Arkansas Department of Finance & Administration

Kevin O’Dwyer
Hope, Trice & O’Dwyer, PA

Sonya J. Dodson
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

Erin S, O’Leary
Center for Arkansas Legal Services

Tessica C.Dooley
Windstream Communications

Andrew M. Parker
Arkansas Oil & Gas Commission

Joseph W. Ghormley
Quattlebaum, Grooms, Tull & Burrow PLLC

Lauren White Hamilton
Hilburn, Calhoon, Harper, Pruniski & Calhoun, LTD

Patrick L. Spivey
Fuqua Campbell, P.A.

William M. Jones
Sixth Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney’s Office

Shannon Holloway Vaughan
Robertson Law Firm, PLLC

Kathryn Reynolds Kelley
Wilson & Associates, PLLC

Jessica S. Yarbrough
McKissic & Associates, P.L.L.C.