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Diversity & Inclusion 2022: Stueve Siegel Hanson

From left: Patrick Stueve, Norman Siegel, George A. Hanson

Any firm can talk about promoting DEI but Stueve, Siegel Hanson has put its money where its mouth is when it comes to creating a more equitable environment.

The firm commemorated its 20th anniversary last year with a contribution of $2 million to the universities of Missouri and Kansas to create scholarships for diverse law and journalism students.

The organization noted that it hoped other law firms might take up the challenge to do the same and help build a pipeline of professionals that help students from a wide array of backgrounds to gain access to the field.

“Achieving ‘Justice for All’ is not possible without action, especially from those of us who have succeeded in law,” said Norman Siegel. “We are honored to be able to invest in a more diverse and accountable legal system, and we hope other law firms will join us in this pursuit.”

Half the money established a scholarship for Black law school students at KU while the other half was divided between a law scholarship at Mizzou and a Stueve Siegel Hanson Fund for Press Freedom that supports the Alfred Friendly Press Partners which trains journalists from nations with underdeveloped media.

“We want to be an agent of position change in the legal system,” said Patrick Stueve, “It is critical that we support diverse legal minds to serve as our next generation of attorneys, advocates, judges and legislators, and it is critical that we support journalists who can bring transparency and accountability to governments around the world.”

The schools were deeply grateful for the firm’s generosity which underscores its commitment to DEI.

“Increasing the diversity of the legal field is one of the most important goals of Mizzou Law and is vital to ensuring an equitable and just society,” said Lyrissa Lidsky, dean of the University of Missouri School of Law. “This gift will advance our goal and will help many underrepresented minority students pursue their dreams of becoming lawyers and making a difference in our world.”

Stephen Mazza, the dean at the University of Kansas Law School, felt similarly.

“This gift to KU Law from Stueve Siegel Hanson will strengthen our efforts to recruit excellent students who contribute diversity to the legal field,” he said. “The gift recognizes the importance of increasing representation in legal education. We are grateful to the partners of Stueve Siegel Hanson for their continued support of the law school.”

2022 Diversity & Inclusion Awards