Each year the Jackson County Bar Association awards scholarships to minority law students that are from the Kansas City Metro area, or attending law school in the Kansas City Metroplex. Funds raised from the Annual Scholarship and Awards Banquet are used to fund the scholarships.

There are two different types of Law Student Scholarships: those awarded primarily on the basis of merit, and those based primarily on financial need.

Awards & Scholarship Overview

Judge Lewis W. Clymer Award

In 1999, the Jackson County Bar Association inaugurated the Judge Lewis W. Clymer Award to honor Judge Clymer for his years of service and dedication as a lawyer, judge and upstanding member of the community.  Judge Clymer, a native of Missouri, began his law career in 1939 upon graduation from Howard University.  He enjoyed a distinguished career, first as an attorney in private practice, followed by service as a federal government official, an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, Assistant Attorney General for Missouri, Municipal Court Judge, and Circuit Court Judge.    Judge Clymer’s commitment to his community also included serving on the Board of Directors of The Urban League, the Kansas City Missouri School Board, and a life membership in the NAACP.   The JCBA is proud to pay tribute to Judge Clymer by presenting this annual Award in his honor.

The Clymer Award was established to recognize a minority attorney for his or her service to the community and their promotion of the integrity of the legal profession.  The inaugural Award was given posthumously to Elmer C. Jackson, Jr., who practiced law in Kansas City, Kansas for more than 60 years, until just shortly before his death in 1999 at the age of 86.   Other distinguished recipients of the Clymer Award include Taylor Fields, Basil North, James Tippin, Pearl Fain, Jon Gray, Mischa Buford Epps, and Debbie Brooks.

Nominations are now being accepted from JCBA members for this year’s recipient of the Clymer Award.   Please submit your written nominations by completing the attached Nomination Form and mailing it to:

Jackson County Bar Association

P. O. Box 410184

Kansas City, Missouri 64141-0184. 

You may also email it to Jon Otto at.jotto@polsinelli.com.

Nominations for 2017 MUST be received on or before September 8, 2017.

Pyramid of Diversity Award

The Jackson County Bar Association’s Pyramid of Diversity Award was initiated in 2004 to recognize Kansas City 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 based on the following criteria:

• Retention, recruitment and promotion of attorneys of color in the Kansas City metropolitan area;

• Utilization of goods and services to and/or from clients and community members of color in the Kansas City metropolitan area;

• Partnership with organizations and/or sponsorship of activities and programs supporting issues impacting people of color in the Kansas City metropolitan area; or

• Establishment of goals and objectives for enhancing and continuing to enhance diversity for people of color in the Kansas City metropolitan area over the next twelve (12) months.

Judge Kit Carson Roque Jr. Scholarship

The Judge Kit Carson Roque, Jr. Scholarship is an annual law school scholarship sponsored by the Jackson County Bar Association (“JCBA”) and given in honor of the late Judge Kit Carson Roque, Jr.  An African-American graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City Law School and a former member of the JCBA, Judge Roque was also a dedicated civil rights leader, community activist and child advocate. 

The JCBA welcomes 2L and 3L applicants who exemplify Judge Roque’s high academic standards and commitment to community. 

2017 JCBA Scholarship Application Form

Deadline is September 15, 2017




Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drum Major for Justice Advocacy Competition.

Every year, JCBA invites high school juniors and seniors to participate in this essay/oratorical contest.   Participants compete for savings bonds/cash awards at the local and regional levels, and college scholarships at the national level.   
We must remember that intelligence is not enough. Intelligence plus character; that is the goal of true education.


- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.