The Jackson County Bar Association honored Shook, Hardy & Bacon with the Pyramid of Diversity Award at the JCBA’s 20th Annual Judge Kit Carson Roque, Jr. Scholarship Banquet 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 include:
- Retention, recruitment and promotion of attorneys of color;
- Utilization of goods and services to and/or from clients and community members of color;
- Partnership with organizations and/or sponsorship of activities and programs supporting issues affecting people of color;
- Establishment of goals and objectives for enhancing and continuing to enhance diversity for people of color over the next twelve (12) months.
Shook has been a longstanding partner of the Jackson County Bar Association and its annual 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, and has scored a 100 percent on the Human Rights Council Corporate Equality Index for nine consecutive years.