The Jackson County Bar Association selected Shook, Hardy & Bacon for its Pyramid of Diversity Award at the JCBA’s 20th Annual Judge Kit Carson Roque, Jr. Scholarship Banquet held October 7, 2017, in Kansas City. Started in 2004, the award recognizes area law firms and corporate legal departments who have excelled in their efforts to enhance diversity for people of color in the Kansas City Metropolitan Area.
“Shook’s commitment to diversity and inclusion is intentional and strategic,” said Shook’s Director of Strategic Diversity Initiatives Kori Carew. “This involves a mindset shift and leadership commitment. We are appreciative of the JCBA and honored to earn the award.”
The criteria for earning the Jackson County Bar Association’s Pyramid of Diversity Award includes:
- Retention, recruitment and promotion of attorneys of color in the Kansas City metropolitan area;
- Utilization of goods and services to and/or from clients and community members of color in the Kansas City metropolitan area;
- Partnership with organizations and/or sponsorship of activities and programs supporting issues impacting people of color in the Kansas City metropolitan area;
- Establishment of goals and objectives for enhancing and continuing to enhance diversity for people of color in the Kansas City metropolitan area over the next twelve (12) months.
Shook, Hardy & Bacon has been a longstanding partner to the Jackson County Bar Association, and the Annual Kit Carson Roque, Jr. Scholarship Banquet, as well as other local, regional and national bar associations. The firm has earned numerous diversity awards including the WILEF Gold Standard seven years in a row, Working Mother magazine’s 50 Best Law Firms for Women several years in a row, and scored a 100 percent on the Human Rights Council Corporate Equality Index nine years in a row.