As a national bar association, NFALA recognizes the value of diversity and the need for diverse voices in all arenas of society. As the national voice for the Filipino American legal profession, NFALA advocates for justice, civil rights, and equal opportunity for the Filipino American community. NFALA will continue to strive for equity and inclusion for all Filipino Americans within every facet of American life.


NFALA’s Leadership Academy is aimed at promoting new Filipino American attorneys to cultivating their own leadership style and developing skills to promote career advancement and community service. Leadership Academy Fellows will:

                          • ·      Develop and leverage foundational leadership skills
                          • ·      Understand career development strategies applicable for various practice environments, such as law firms, in-house, government, non-profit
                          • ·      Prepare early career attorneys with relationship building resources, as well as professional and personal development opportunities
                          • ·      Embody the essence of servant leadership and the Bayanihan spirit

Enrollment in the program is limited to twelve (12) participants, with a strong preference given to candidates with between 0-5 years of experience. All applicants must be current NFALA Direct Members in good standing. For more information about how to join please, visit the NFALA direct membership page.

The main components of the Leadership Academy include the following:

                          • ·      Interactive Workshops
                          • ·      Virtual Learning Sessions
                          • ·      Peer Circles
                          • ·      Program Facilitators

NFALA will provide the trainers, program materials, and venue. If accepted, fellows will be expected to commit $250 as a program fee and provide their own travel to Indianapolis, IN, and accommodations, if required.

First Training Session: November 2023, Indianapolis, Indiana

The application for the 2023-2024 Leadership Academy Fellows will remain open until August 13, 2023.  

For questions, contact Jeffrey Javinar, Chair of the NFALA Leadership Education & Attorney Development,

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NFALA focuses its efforts on campaigns and programs towards advocating for justice, civil rights, and equal opportunity for the Filipino American community. We tirelessly work to establish a consistent pipeline of future legal professionals, increase diverse representation in the judiciary, provide business opportunities, and enhance career development for all our members. ....

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