In December 2003 at the KCMBA Annual Meeting, 27 Kansas City area law firms met to sign a Commitment to Diversity. The Diversity Committee, consisting of members of law firms, corporations and law schools met bi-monthly to lay the groundwork for implementing policies, plans and “best practices” which were considered, approved, and adopted by the managing partners. Some of the accomplishments of the committee included creating a survey instrument to determine the levels of diversity in firms at the present time, holding several diversity training sessions, planning the Heartland Diversity Legal Job Fair and drafting an action plan. The legal community will continue to work together to address and resolve the diversity issue in the Kansas City area.
In 2009, KCMBA revised the Diversity Action Plan to braoden its definition of diversity and set forth goals through 2014.
If your firm would like to participate in the Diversity Initiative, simply download the Action Plan Signatory Form, complete the form and return to KCMBA at the address on the form. The initiative is an on-going effort and with the efforts of all
KCMBA Diversity Action Plan Participating Law Firms and Organizations
* Indicates firms that have re-commited to the revised diversity action plan through 2014
Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
In principle and in practice, the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association (KCMBA) values and seeks diverse and inclusive participation within the legal profession. KCMBA promotes involvement and access to leadership opportunity to all members regardless of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, marital status, age or veteran status, without limitation . KCMBA will continue to provide leadership and commit time and resources to advance this objective. KCMBA will develop strategies and initiatives to promote and welcome diversity within the board, staff and membership of association and provide tools for its members' organizations regarding diversity.
Adopted this 19th day of November, 2004 (Revised 2009)