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A recap of the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association annual meeting

On Friday, December 11, 2015, the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association held its annual meeting at the Sheraton Crown Center Hotel in Kansas City, Missouri. The meeting was attended by more than a thousand of Kansas City’s attorneys to highlight the Bar’s 2015 accomplishments. Xact Data Discovery was a proud sponsor of this event and was represented by Bob Polus (president and CEO), Jordan Serum, JD (senior discovery consultant), Chad Wiley (discovery consultant) and Bill Millican (director of training & development).

Scott S. Bethune, outgoing KCMBA president, presided over the meeting which culminated with transitioning the gavel and president’s responsibilities to Russell S. Jones who will oversee KCMBA’s functions and activities for 2016. After opening remarks by Bethune, the attendees enjoyed a delicious plated lunch complete with a scrumptious dessert.

The program followed with an award ceremony honoring the outstanding accomplishments of the following persons.

  • Howard F. Sachs, Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Edith L. Messina, Hon. Joseph E. Steven, Jr. Aspire to Excellence Award
  • Seema Chawla, PRESIDENT’S AWARD
  • Stephen R. Miller, PRESIDENT’S AWARD
  • John E. Benson, OUTSTANDING CLE CONTRIBUTOR
  • Ronald Nguyen, YLS PRESIDENT’S AWARD

After the awards ceremony, we were honored to hear Cheryl Brown Henderson, founding president of The Brown Foundation for Educational Equity, Excellence and Research and owner of the educational consulting firm Brown & Associates.

Henderson is the daughter of the late Rev. Oliver L. Brown, who joined a suit against the local board of education in 1950 that became known as the landmark decision Brown v. the Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas.

Her address to the group focused on sustaining the clarity and vibrancy of judicial equality with a specific interest in how law is practiced and pressed the point that it is critical for attorneys to approach the practice of law with what has often been referred to as the blind eye of justice. Henderson was very clear in her remarks that the practice of law must be without partiality or prejudice and, unless the practicing attorney sustains a clear and vibrant sense of equality, the United States of America will find its way back to the struggles faced during the 1950s and 1960s. She urged all to face the hurdles and challenges of equality that continue to damage this country. Her enthusiastic, impassioned and respectful address was ideal for such a meeting and for those in attendance as the new year begins.

KCMBA continues its impactful work in the greater Kansas City area under the leadership of its new board and President Russell Jones. Xact Data Discovery will continue finding meaningful ways of supporting and working with the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association.

 

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