The Missouri Bar is dedicated to fostering diversity and inclusion in the profession. To that end, one of the state bar’s seven core strategic goals is that Missouri lawyers reflect the diverse constituencies that we serve and all members view The Missouri Bar as an inclusive organization where they belong.
The Missouri Bar carries out activities and programs focused on the following strategies to achieve this goal: increase the retention of diverse lawyers in the profession; boost relationships with specialty and local bars; and promote greater participation among diverse lawyers in bar leadership roles.
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The Committee's objective is to (1) provide a forum for education, shared expertise, professional development and networking opportunities for diverse (to include but not limited to race, gender, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, etc.) practitioners in Missouri; (2) Review, edit and/or draft proposed legislation affecting issues of diversity; (3) Provide educational programs and materials for the improvement and education of practitioners in Missouri regarding the issue of diversity; (4) Provide information which may include resources and materials for the general public to educate and create a better informed citizenry regarding issues of diversity; (5) Improve relationships among practitioners of diverse backgrounds; (6) Maintain and improve relationships among practitioners, governmental agencies, judges and court personnel regarding the issue of diversity; and (7) Support the mission, vision, and goals of The Missouri Bar.