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DR. CORNEL WEST TO KEYNOTE JCBA SCHOLARSHIP BANQUET THIS FALL

The Jackson County Bar Association (JCBA) is thrilled to announce Dr. Cornel West as the keynote speaker at the 20th Annual Jackson County Bar Association Judge Kit Carson Roque, Jr. Scholarship Banquet, to be held on Saturday, October 7, 2017, at The Westin Kansas City at Crown Center. In addition, Dr. West will spend some time that afternoon with students from the regional law schools for a Q & A session also sponsored by JCBA.

Dr. West is an American Icon, a “provocative democratic intellectual” who stands for many of the same ideals that JCBA has fought to advance. Dr. West is a Professor of Philosophy and Christian Practice at Union Theological Seminary and has taught at other distinguished schools including Princeton, Yale and Harvard. He is a frequent guest on the Bill Maher Show, Colbert Report, CNN, C-Span and Democracy Now. An author of over 20 books, he is best known for his classics, Race Matters and Democracy Matters, and for his memoir, Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud, his most recent releases, Black Prophetic Fire and Radical King, were received with critical acclaim.

Additional information on this event including tickets and donating to the Scholarship Fund will soon be published here on our website. You may contact our President Marcos Barbosa at (816) 502-4648 Email: Marcos.Barbosa@kutakrock.com.


IN THE SPOTLIGHT THIS MONTH  

Darrion “D.A.” Walker is a rising star in criminal law. Darrion is currently serving his community as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney with the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office. In this role, he is responsible for prosecuting class B felonies and below. He primarily handles drug and property felonies including burglary, tampering, felony DWI, assault, weapons offenses, and drug possession and trafficking.  Darrion is responsible for making charging decisions, engaging in motion practice, handling special action dockets and of course, trying cases.

Practicing law has been Darrion’s dream since he joined varsity debate in his sophomore year of high school. Years later, in 2014, Darrion graduated from the University of Missouri School of Law. In law school, Darrion received multiple awards for excellence in trial advocacy, negotiation, mediation and client counseling. Most notable is the honor of being one of ten graduates selected as an Order of Barristers inductee; an honor bestowed to acknowledge excellence in advocacy.

Darrion is currently an active member of KCMBA, the ABA and JCBA. He is eager to become more involved in local organizations, specifically those supporting local arts. In his free time Darrion enjoys drawing, long distance running, and trying new foods.

As a new lawyer Darrion is thrilled to be a part of the Kansas City legal community. He believes the Kansas City legal community is one of the most collegial professional groups and is grateful for how welcoming and supportive the community is to those beginning their career.

CONGRATULATIONS ARE IN ORDER  

Our own Willie J. Epps, Jr. was selected to serve as Missouri Western U.S. Magistrate Judge for the Central Division based in Jefferson City, Missouri.

Mr. Epps is currently Associate General Counsel and Head of Litigation at Edward Jones in St. Louis. where he is responsible for all lawsuits, arbitrations, and complex disputes involving the firm.

Previously with the Kansas City law firm of Shook Hardy & Bacon, and a practicing attorney for 21 years, the Jackson County Bar Association is privileged to have him as a long standing member and leader.