The application for the ACC NCR Leadership Academy Class of 2020 will open on February 1, 2019. At that time, applicants will be able to create, populate, save drafts of, and submit their applications, and generate a link for their reference(s) to upload recommendations.

To qualify for the Academy, you must have:

  • Practiced law for a minimum of seven years as of September 2019, and
  • Practiced in-house for a minimum to two years as of September 2019.

It’s well worth noting that in each of the Academy's first two years we have had an equal number of Fellows with seven to 15 years of practice experience as we had Fellows with 16 to more than 25 years of practice experience.

A completed application requires:

  • Answers to all required questions in the application form, including three personal statements pertaining to your experience and interest in the Leadership Academy. There is also one optional short statement regarding diversity.
  • Your resume.
  • At least one (1) submitted Letter of Recommendation from one of the following individuals:
    -- Your current or a recent supervisor; or
    -- Your current or a recent internal business client, who works or worked in a supervisory role in your organization.
    You also have the option of requesting a second Letter of Recommendation to support your application.

Applications that are received on or before March 1 will be given priority consideration; subsequent applications will be reviewed thereafter on a rolling basis. Admission decisions are made to form a well-balanced, high-caliber class. Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a complete application on or before March 1, or very soon thereafter. Class size is limited, and each year we’ve had more applicants than spaces available in the program. Once the Class is full, notice will be posted on this website.

Please browse through this web site and review our FAQs for answers to many of your questions.  Wondering if the Academy is right for you or a member of your team, or want to ask questions of an alum to get a better idea of what the experience is really like?  Send an e-mail to Ilene Reid ( and we will put you in contact with a member of the Class of 2018.

The ACC NCR Leadership Academy
Class of 2019 Fellows:

Heather Alarcon
Senior Director, Legal Services
Association of American Medical Colleges

Todd Aman
Assistant General Counsel and Assistant Secretary
Gannett Co., Inc.

Rosemary Ameh
Director & Associate General Counsel, Subsidiary and Governance
Lockheed Martin Corporation

Mary Elizabeth Cisneros
Vice President and Deputy General Counsel
American Red Cross

Anjali Desai
Assistant General Counsel
Federal Agricultural Mortgage Corporation

Laura Farley
General Counsel
Virginia REALTORS®

Ted Feldman
Associate General Counsel
Truth Initiative Foundation

Shawn Fraser
Director and Associate General Counsel
Lockheed Martin Corporation

Karen Gally
Associate General Counsel
Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development & Commercialization

Joel Gulick
Vice President and Associate General Counsel
Ares Management LLC

Darrin Hurwitz
Deputy General Counsel
Human Rights Campaign

Mary Jones
Sr. Counsel, Executive Compensation & Benefits

Caroline Keller
Senior Counsel
Harris Corp.

Matthew (Matt) King
Senior Deputy General Counsel and Privacy Officer
Promontory Financial Group

Brian Lerman
VP - Associate General Counsel
AvalonBay Communities, Inc.

Luisa Lopez
Assistant General Counsel (Legal Director)
Oath Inc.

Aaron Marshall
Corporate Counsel
Northrop Grumman Corporation

Sara Marshman
Senior Assistant General Counsel
The Humane Society of the United States

Jon Mellis
Senior Corporate Counsel
VMware, Inc.

Lauren Mooney
Associate General Counsel
Ratner Companies, L.C.

Amit Patel
Associate General Counsel
The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU APL)

Tina Rao
Assistant General Counsel
Willis Towers Watson

Kasey Reisman
Vice President and Deputy General Counsel
AGNC Mortgage Management, LLC

Patrick Samsel
Corporate Counsel
FMG (Fors Marsh Group LLC)

Matthew (Matt) Seiler
Director, Law Department
Airlines Reporting Corporation

Ann Stevens
Associate General Counsel
Freddie Mac

Melissa Tai
Senior Counsel
American Society of Clinical Oncology

Henry Thaggert
Corporate Counsel
Northrop Grumman Corporation

Preeti Tolani
Legal Counsel
Giesecke+Devrient Mobile Security America, Inc.

Joseph (Joe) Turitz
Vice President, Associate General Counsel and Assistant Secretary
EchoStar Corporation

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