Our Association

The Jackson County Bar Association (JCBA) is a voluntary bar association comprised primarily of African-American attorneys from throughout the Kansas City metropolitan area.   JCBA was established at a time when African-American lawyers were not allowed to join the American Bar Association (ABA) or the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association (KCMBA).   The purpose of the JCBA, then and now, is to be a resource for its members; to work to ensure justice and equal opportunity for the African-American community; improve the administration of justice; preserve the independence of the judiciary, improve the economic conditions of all citizens of Missouri; uphold the honor of the legal profession; and protect the civil and political rights of the citizens and residents of the State of Missouri.



Job Opportunities

Access to member only job posting from local and national firms. 

National Network

Opportunities to Build a National Network via programs that bring lawyers and judges together, both nationally and internationally, opening doors to an array of business development opportunities.

Leadership Development

Through JCBA committees, affiliations, and strategic partnerships. There are ample opportunities for members to develop and exercise leadership skills.


Continued Learning with bimonthly FREE continuous education classes on topics that matter most.

Latest News  

Law 101 Series

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JCBA and the Missouri Legislative Black Caucus present “Law 101,” a series of free legal classes taught by Kansas City area judges and lawyers.   Each month during 2015, “Law 101" will present a 90-minute...

Pathways to the Bench

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“Pathways to the Bench” is a series of short (3-4 min) videos produced by the U.S. Federal Courts, in which you can hear inspiring stories from minority federal judges about their paths to the bench...