Jackson County Bar Association (JCBA) is one of the oldest African-American Professional Legal Organizations in the Country. As such, I am humbled and honored to serve as your 2019 JCBA President. This organization is rich in tradition and its members have a legacy of excellence and commitment to the Kansas City, Missouri Metropolitan Area. Over its history, our members have not only been attorneys and judges, but civil rights trailblazers, community leaders and public servants. We have endeavored to maintain relationships in the community by providing free legal clinics to community members, mentoring to high school and law school students, performing numerous pro-bono hours and working with community and elected officials on matters that directly affect all citizens of the Kansas City, Missouri Metropolitan Area.
And yet, there is much more that we should, and will, do in the upcoming year(s). We will tackle the tough economic and political issues and provide an outlet for citizens to express their ideas in our Community Forum series. We will lend our support to election protection and voting rights for all citizens. We will encourage collaboration and networking through our JCBA Connects initiative—please check out the calendar tab for upcoming events. We will work with non-profit entities and local municipalities on pro-bono programs; e.g., Justice In the Schools Legal Clinic and Debate KC. Indeed, the aforementioned programs are a good start, but certainly not the end of our goals. We welcome comments from all individuals regarding how we may make a positive impact in this community.
Critically, if you are not receiving the JCBA newsletter, please contact us or email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org. The JCBA newsletter not only keeps us connected, but also allows us to highlight the accomplishments of our organization and its members. You can also follow us on Instagram and Facebook @Jackson County Bar Association. Also, we hope you will join us at one of our upcoming events. Particularly, please join us on Saturday, October 26, 2019 for our Annual Judge Kit Carson Roque, Jr. Scholarship Banquet. This is our primary fundraiser and we need all the support we can get. We have big plans for this year, and I hope you will be a part of it.