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Diversity & Inclusion 2019 Publisher’s Letter

The differences among us humans are many. We come in different colors, shapes, origins and sexual identities, with different thoughts, preferences and convictions.

But there are core elements we all share. Call it our commonality, our sameness. We all have curiosity, and the capacity to laugh, to love, to cry, to pursue freedom.

Liz Irwin

Liz Irwin

It’s what makes us, well, human.

Reveling in it all — our differences and our sameness — fuels us to greater success, whether we’re talking about a macro view on society or a micro view of a profession.

Slip Missouri’s legal profession onto that slide, clip it under the lens and peer in. You’ll find imperfections. But you will also find hard work and momentum to broaden inclusion and celebrate diversity.

The American Bar Association leads the profession nationally through its diversity and inclusion center resource, and The Missouri Bar follows suit with its committee on diversity, forums and training. Local bar associations do the same, from Springfield to St. Louis and Kansas City. A growing number of legal associations are devoted to diverse segments of attorneys doing remarkable work within the profession and the justice system.

The number of firms devoted to the work of inclusion continues to grow as their leaders recognize that excellence starts with a commitment from the top that builds from below. It’s the individuals of any association or firm who make sustainable change.

When diversity is celebrated and inclusion guaranteed in any endeavor, it’s surely our human essence leading the work.

And then there’s this: It’s the right thing to do.

The individuals we honor through this year’s Diversity & Inclusion awards do the right thing. They are part of the bedrock that supports a growing foundation of work throughout Missouri’s legal profession.

The 19 honorees we recognize on these pages were selected from among many incredible nominations after considerable deliberation. Missouri Lawyers Media did so with the help of a selection committee of attorneys drawn from throughout the state’s legal community — all of whom have spent much of their careers working to improve diversity and inclusion in the profession.

Our honorees represent incredible work, often conducted outside of the spotlight.

They are remarkable humans.

Unique humans who come together through their sameness. Common good.

And we are all better for it.

Liz Irwin

Publisher, Missouri Lawyers Media

2019 Diversity & Inclusion Awards
2019 Diversity & Inclusion Awards

Vincent Reese and Jeffrey St. Omer stop to chat after checking in. Photo by T.L. Witt

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Khevna Patel (left) gives Patricia Llanos a hug as she arrives at the awards ceremony. Photo by T.L. Witt

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Dan Cranshaw and Pamela Meanes have a conversation after checking in. Photo by T.L. Witt

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2019 Diversity & Inclusion Awards
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Frances Barbieri and Tracy Phipps enjoy a few minutes together before the awards. Photo by T.L. Witt

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2019 Diversity & Inclusion Awards
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Ibrahim Botchway takes a few photos of a poster that showed award-winners. Photo by T.L. Witt

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2019 Diversity & Inclusion Awards
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James Breckenridge and Frieda Smith talk before the awards. Photo by T.L. Witt

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Judge Lawrence E. Mooney delivers the featured speech at the 2019 Diversity & Inclusion Awards. Photo by T.L. Witt

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Sylvia and Samuel Llanos look at photos of the honorees. Photo by T.L. Witt

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Brian Woods shares a moment together with Pete Woods before the awards. Photo by T.L. Witt

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Ed Herman and Terry Crouppen talk together before lunch. Photo by T.L. Witt

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2019 Diversity & Inclusion Awards
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The 2019 Diversity & Inclusion Awards honorees. Photo by T.L. Witt

2019 Diversity & Inclusion Awards

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