Law firms in the Kansas City area have long recognized the value of diversity of people and ideas to the legal profession. Despite the individual efforts of law firms and their good intentions, the desired level of professional diversity has continued to elude the Kansas City legal community. For this reason, the managing partners of Kansas City’s leading law firms have joined together to work collectively toward increasing the diversity of legal the Kansas City area. On December 9, 2004, many of Kansas City’s major law firms joined local government agencies and law schools in signing KCMBA’s Diversity Initiative. A key piece of the initiative was the Action Plan, which included a commitment to the creation of the Heartland Legal Diversity Job Fair (HLDJF), which had its inaugural event in the Fall of 2005. The primary purpose of the HDLJF is to increase the participation of under-represented groups in the practice of law in Kansas City. The founders and organizers of the HDLJF strongly believe that the inclusion of diversity in its many facets, including, without limitation, race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, marital status, age and veteran status, enriches us all.
KCMBA Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Collaborative
In December 2021, Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association launched the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Collaborative – a forum for developing, curating, and sharing a range of practical, effective law firm DEI resources, practices, and strategies that fit the respective needs of differently situated firms, and for the considering and recommending innovative DEI practices and evolving DEI strategies over time.
The law firm signatories to the KCMBA DEI Action Plan are the members of the DEI Collaborative. These firms are represented in the the DEI Collaborative by individual participants designated by their firms. The shared purpose of the DEI Collaborative is to help member firms achieve continued, meaningful, and measurable progress toward the firms’ shared objectives of diversity, representation, inclusion and belonging.
KCMBA Collaborative is striving towards greater diversity, equity, and inclusion in the greater Kansas City legal community where all can thrive.
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