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Diversity & Inclusion 2021

Diversity & Inclusion 2021: Maurice Lamar Moss

Maurice Moss doesn’t have to go far to find a role model for diversity and inclusion advocacy in law. His wife Christa, as you’ll read later in this section, is also a 2021 honoree.

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Diversity & Inclusion 2021: S. David Mitchell

Longtime Mizzou law professor David Mitchell is rightfully proud of his role training the next generation of lawyers, serving in his words as “teacher, mentor and friend.”

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Diversity & Inclusion 2021: Mira Mdivani

Though it's been more than two decades since Mira Mdivani moved from the former Soviet Union to the Midwest, the struggles of those early days remain fundamental for the successful suburban Kansas City business immigration lawyer.

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Diversity & Inclusion 2021: Mark H. Levison

St. Louis Urban League board chair. President of the city’s Land Reutilization Authority. Board member of the St. Louis Development Corporation, the Boys and Girls Club of Greater St. Louis and the St. Louis Internship Program.

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Diversity & Inclusion 2021: Justin U. Ijei

Justin Ijei deeply absorbed his mother’s memories of growing up in the Missouri bootheel during segregation — and fighting the racial invective hurled at her as one of the first Black students to integrate all-white Poplar Bluff High School.

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Diversity & Inclusion 2021: Lisa White Hardwick

As one might expect, the influence of The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. on Diversity & Inclusion honorees is pervasive. For Judge Lisa White Hardwick, it’s also deeply personal.

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Diversity & Inclusion 2021: Jasmine Chen

A native of Taiwan who moved to St. Louis for graduate and law school, Jasmine Chen says she understands “what it feels like to be an outsider, and the pain to be voiceless.” That empathy guides both her law practice and her commitment to community service.

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Diversity & Inclusion 2021: Seema Chawla

As senior regional counsel for the self-regulatory organization that oversees securities firms doing business in the United States, Seema Chawla has spent nearly 10 years initiating disciplinary actions against wayward securities dealers.

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Diversity & Inclusion 2021: Jennifer Oswald Brown

As a mother of three, Jennifer Oswald Brown knows that families come in all shapes and sizes. As a family law attorney, mediator and court-appointed guardian ad litem in Jackson County, she’s also well aware of the limits of even that relatively broad lens.

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Diversity & Inclusion 2021: Duane Benton

The 45-year legal career of U.S. Circuit Judge Duane Benton is a testament to the value of looking beyond law school alone to lay that foundation.

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