Stinson Morrison Hecker LLP values the many benefits of an inclusive law firm -
one that includes attorneys and staff from diverse backgrounds and cultures. Consistent
with its vision, mission, values and promises, Stinson Morrison Hecker LLP is committed
to equal opportunity and diversity. In addition to fostering a firm culture that
embraces diversity, the firm's efforts to attract, retain and promote talented people
from a broad variety of backgrounds include
Established in December 2002, the scholarship provides $15,000 per academic year
to a minority student selected by the School of Law. The recipient of the scholarship
will participate in the firm's summer associate program.
The Commitment to Diversity represents Kansas City's major law firms' recognition
that diversity of people and ideas is vital to our profession, and contains the
firms' commitment to work separately and together to achieve a more diverse profession
in Kansas City. The firm actively participates in the KCMBA's ongoing city-wide
diversity efforts, including taking a leadership role in the creation of the Heartland
Diversity Legal Job Fair in Kansas City.
SMH attorney Russ Brien is a member of the board of the GKC Chamber of Commerce
Minority Business Alliance, and serves as a business mentor in the Alliance’s Herman
A. Johnson Mentorship Program.
The firm was one of the original sponsors of the Bar Association of Metropolitan
St. Louis' Gallery of Legal Pioneers, an effort of which honors significant contributions
by women and minorities in the St. Louis, Missouri legal community.
The firm is a member of the ABA's Minority Counsel Program.
The firm's attorneys are participating in the Wichita Bar Association Professional
Diversity Committee, the Nebraska Legal Diversity Summit, the St. Louis Minority
Clerkship program, and are active in the George Washington University Black Law
Stinson Morrison Hecker LLP actively recruits law students in settings that are
rich in minority candidates, which has enabled the firm to hire lawyers that it
might not otherwise encounter. They include the following:
The Central Exchange is Kansas City's premier organization providing personal and
professional development opportunities for women. Stinson Morrison Hecker LLP, along
with individual women attorneys of the firm, are members of the Central Exchange.
The mission of the Central Exchange is to enrich the lives of its diverse members
and their communities by providing a forum for connecting, engaging and strengthening
women. The Central Exchange provides high caliber programming on an ongoing basis,
designed to develop leadership skills, foster professional and personal development,
and encourage community involvement. Stinson Morrison Hecker LLP is a sponsor of
the Women’s Lyceum annual conference hosted by the Central Exchange.
We regularly sponsor events and publications that are designed to recognize and
encourage the continued increase in diversity of our profession. Examples of the
firm's sponsorship activities include the Lloyd L. Gaines Scholarship Banquet, sponsored
by the Black Law Student Association at the University of Missouri School of Law;
the Diversity in Law banquet at the University of Kansas School of Law; the Jackson
County Bar Association's Scholarship Banquet; the Black Law Students Association's
casino night at Washington University School of Law; and the Kansas City Summer
Law Internship Program.