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Diversity & Inclusion 2021: David McCain Jr., The Milly Project

milly-project-david-mccainAssistant Attorney General, Labor Section Unit Leader

Missouri Attorney General’s Office

Mindful of the maxim that change starts from within, David McCain Jr. focuses his efforts on making the field of law more diverse and inclusive via his service with The Missouri Bar.

As vice chair of the bar’s committee on diversity, he helps to lead initiatives ranging from its annual diversity summit to CLE programming to improving retention and advancement efforts for attorneys of color.

Through the organization’s Young Lawyers Section, he and fellow honoree Christa Moss organized CLE programming featuring The Milly Project, a play that documents the true story of Milly Sawyers, an enslaved woman who won her freedom in an 1836 lawsuit in Greene County.

McCain traces his bar involvement to its Leadership Academy, of which he is a graduate. 

What goal remains unfulfilled for you as an attorney and advocate for Diversity & Inclusion?

As an advocate for diversity & inclusion, my goal is to see a larger number of minority attorneys in leadership roles. 

What must Missouri’s legal community do to promote meaningful and long-term diversity within its legal/justice system? 

Missouri’s legal community must confront and recognize its past shortcomings and create meaningful initiatives to promote diversity and inclusion. I’m thankful that the current leadership of The Missouri Bar has made this a priority. I look forward to seeing the recommendations of the bar’s Lawyers of Color Special Committee. I’m also excited about helping to implement the recommendations, once [they are] finalized.

Tell us something that most people don’t know about you: 

Watching home-renovation shows is one of my favorite hobbies.

2021 Diversity & Inclusion Awards