The Honorable Jon Gray Lawyers Leadership Academy Program aims to enhance the long-term advancement and retention of minority lawyers by providing them access and tools to become successful Shook partners.

Designed as an 18-month leadership development experience, the Lawyers Leadership Program is open to a class of six high potential, high performing senior Shook associates within three years of partnership. Candidates are selected by self-nomination and recommendations made by managing partners throughout the firm.

The Lawyers Leadership Academy includes a one-to-one pairing with a Fellow to build acumen in leadership, executive presence, client-facing opportunities and business development, as well as meaningful work-building trial practice skills. The faculty and sponsors include key client relationship partners, marquee trial lawyers, alumni, clients and others working as program stakeholders.

Judge Gray joined Shook after more than 20 years of serving as a circuit judge in the Sixteenth Judicial Circuit of Missouri. He has served as chair of the Judicial Counsel of the National Bar Association.