Diversity Section

The Diversity Section is committed to the advancement of diversity in the Greater Kansas City legal community. Comprised of four committees, the Diversity Section brings together lawyers. judges, and students from several firms, courts, law schools and diversity bar associations in the area to address issues of diversity arising in the practice of law and promote a more diverse legal community. According to the Section’s Bylaws, its stated purposes are as follows:
  • Enhance the relationships among attorneys who practice law in the state and federal courts of Missouri and Kansas, judges in those courts and others who have an interest in diversity;
  • Promote the professional development, welfare, interests, and education of the members of the Section;
  • Promote the sound administration of justice;
  • Provide meaningful services and education programs for the benefit of the members of the Section and the state and federal courts of Missouri and Kansas;
  • Encourage involvement of the members in activities of the state and federal courts of Missouri and Kansas;
  • Provide members opportunities to assume leadership roles in the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association.

Section Leadership

President - Marcus McLaughlinmclaughlin4you@gmail.com
President-Elect - Whitney Faywfay@littler.com
Secretary/Treasurer - Sharon L. Ivysharon.ivy@stinson.com
Immediate Past President - Ashley M. Bartonashley.barton@kcmo.org
Senior Member-at-Large - Matthew DePazmdepaz@shb.com
Junior Member-at-Large - Cecilia J. Brown, cecilia@nubylaw.com
Staff Liaison - Ángela Garcíaagarcia@kcmba.org

Diversity Section - Committees:

Click on the links below for more information about each committee, including descriptions, leadership, and contact information.

Heartland Diversity Legal Job Fair
Recruitment and Retention
Membership and Social

To join one or more of these committees, please complete this form and return it to KCMBA via mail or fax.
For more information about this section, contact us at diversity@kcmba.org or (816) 474-4322.

Kansas City’s Diversity Bar Associations
KCMBA is proud to partner with and support Kansas City’s local diversity Bar Associations:

Asian American Bar Association of Kansas City (AABAKC) To learn more, go to: https://aaba-kc.com/
Association for Women Lawyers of Greater Kansas City (AWL) To learn more, go to: awl-kc.org
Hispanic Bar Association of Greater Kansas City (HBAGKC) To learn more, go to: kchispanicbar.com
Jackson County Bar Association (JCBA) To learn more, go to: jacksoncountybar.com
LGBTQ Bar Association of Greater Kansas City  To learn more, go to:  lgbtqbarkc.org