February 2014 Bar Bulletin
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Measuring our Diversity Programs: 72% Willing to Mentor Diverse Attorneys and Judges

 

While the big news on page one of the Bar Bulletin is our quadrennial survey of district and municipal court judges, I want to circle back with the KCBA membership and report the preliminary analysis from another bar survey, our December 2013 Diversity Committee Survey.

That survey was organized by the KCBA Diversity Committee to help that group better understand how KCBA's current diversity efforts are working and learn what areas need additional or new focus by the bar. All recipients were invited to answer some questions, while other questions were asked only of self-identified diverse attorneys and judges. While individual responses are confidential, the following are the collective answers received.

We had a 6-percent (552 individuals) response rate of the 10,000 KCBA member and non-member attorneys contacted. This is an above-average rate for similar KCBA non-judicial performance surveys. Of the respondents, 70 percent were KCBA members, 28 percent were not, with 2.4 percent who didn't know if they were a member.

Almost 38 percent of the survey participants identified themselves as a minority lawyer or judicial officer. Of those 208 minority respondents, 41 percent were women, 37 percent Asian American, 20 percent African American, and 18 percent LGBT (numbers do not equal 100 percent since more than one choice was permitted).

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