Montco Bar President to Stress Leadership, Senior Rights

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Michael F. Rogers
Michael F. Rogers

New Montgomery Bar Association President Michael F. Rogers said that under his direction the bar association will pursue initiatives aimed at enhancing attorney leadership and increasing the awareness of legal rights among senior citizens.

Rogers, who began his term Jan. 10, said that perfecting leadership among bar members by bringing in organization development experts would be a major area of focus during the year.

"Lawyers with experience give their experience for free to the bar, leading committees and seminars, mentoring," Rogers said. "We're going to have a professional facilitator to instruct them and give them the skills to make them more effective in those roles."

The bar association has reached out to several organizations that specialize in leadership development, Rogers said, however, no specific organization has been selected for the project as of yet.

For those interested in leading committees, mentoring, or filling other leadership roles, Rogers said, "We're going to ask the members of the bar to go through the formal training."

Additionally, the program will focus on leadership potential for those who have never held managing roles within the bar association.

"Ideally, we will have a cadre of people go through the program and we can identify future leaders," Rogers said.

He added that the bar association is also taking a new approach in selecting candidates to lead committees.

"What we did this year is ask those interested to write a letter to make recommendations for changes, what the committees could do better," Rogers said. "We wanted to see if we could get some new blood and fresh ideas in there."

Helping county senior citizens understand their legal rights will also be a priority this year, Rogers said.

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