Saturday, August 3, 2013

9th Annual Heartland Diversity Job Fair


KCMBA to Hold 9th Annual Heartland Diversity Legal Job Fair Attracting Diverse Legal Talent to Kansas City

The Ninth Annual Heartland Diversity Legal Job Fair (HDLJF) will take place Aug. 9 and 10, 2013, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in downtown Kansas City, Mo., and remains to be the only diversity legal job fair in the area. This job fair is different from other minority-focused job fairs because it focuses on the city and encourages diverse law students to make their careers in Kansas City. Recent graduates, 2Ls and 3Ls from across the nation have been invited, and a weekend full of opportunity and fun for everyone is anticipated. Currently, nearly 100 students and recent graduates are registered to attend from cities such as Atlanta; Austin, Texas; Brooklyn, N.Y.; Charlotte, N.C.; Cleveland; Fayetteville, Ark.; Houston; Nashville, Tenn.; New York City; Norman, Okla.; San Diego; Seattle; St. Louis, Mo.; and Washington, D.C.

The HDLJF was created by Kansas City law firms, organizations and law schools for one particular purpose: more diverse lawyers in Kansas City. The job fair is designed to expose law students of diverse backgrounds to internships, externships, summer associate positions and full-time employment to both the traditional and non-traditional legal employer. The event will highlight Kansas City as a fantastic place to live and work; in addition, it will provide great job opportunities for students from all over the nation.

The job fair will start with a welcome reception on Friday, Aug. 9, at the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association. On Saturday, the day will begin with a continental breakfast for students and employers before interviewing begins at 8:30 a.m. A keynote luncheon open to students, sponsors, employers and invited guests will take place from noon to 1:30 p.m. The speaker will be Judge Alok Ahuja.

Hon. Ahuja [who was born in Raipur (Chhattisgarh), India] was appointed to the Missouri Court of Appeals in December 2007 and assumed office in November 2010. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Kansas, majoring in philosophy and English. He received his Juris Doctorate in 1988 from Yale Law School.

Prior to his appointment, he was most recently an associate and member of Lathrop & Gage LLP, and associate at Shea & Gardner, in Washington, D.C. Prior to that, he was a law clerk under Hon. Richard D. Cudahy, United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago.

Judge Ahuja is a member of the American Bar Association, The Missouri Bar, KCMBA (Board of Directors, 2007-2008 and chair of the Appellate Court Committee, 2006). He is also a member of the Eighth Circuit Bar Association (Board of Directors, 2007; Co-Chair, Programs Committee, 2006).

Judge Ahuja plays an active role at the Whatsoever Community Center where he is on the Board of Directors, as well as Lawyers Encouraging Academic Progress (LEAP) (Board of Directors, 2008-present). He was listed among the Lawyers of the Year for 2007 by Missouri Lawyers Weekly and as Best Lawyers in America in Appellate Practice, 2007. He has been recognized as an Outstanding CLE Contributor Award in 2006 by KCMBA and was honored with the Vanguard Award in 2012 by the Asian-American Bar Association of Kansas City.

After the keynote luncheon, the students will return for more interview sessions that will conclude at 4:30 p.m. The interview process will be conducted on a 50/50 basis. Employers will pre-select half of the students who they wish to interview. The remaining half of the interview schedule will be filled based on lottery.

The 2013 HDLJF continues to build on its past successes by welcoming students from a variety of backgrounds and geographic locations to showcase Kansas City and its legal community.

Various Law Schools Represented By Attending Students Include:
Albany Law School of Union University
Case Western Reserve University School of Law
Charlotte School of Law
Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology
Cornell Law School
Drake University Law School
Duke University School of Law
Emory University School of Law
Florida Coastal School of Law
Georgetown University Law Center
Hamline University School of Law
Hofstra University School of Law
John Marshall Law School
Loyola University Chicago School of Law
Michigan State University College of Law
Northern Illinois University College of Law
Notre Dame Law School
Oklahoma City University School of Law
Penn State The Dickinson School of Law
St. Louis University School of Law
Syracuse University College of Law
The George Washington University Law School
The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law
The University of Mississippi School of Law
The University of Texas School of Law
Thomas Jefferson School of Law
Thomas M. Cooley Law School
Tulane Law School
University of Arkansas School of Law
University of Illinois College of Law
University of Iowa College of Law
University of Kansas School of Law
University of Minnesota Law School
University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law
University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law
University of Oklahoma College of Law
University of Richmond School of Law
University of Tulsa College of Law
University of Virginia School of Law
University of Washington School of Law
University of Wisconsin Law School
Vanderbilt University Law School
Wake Forest University School of Law
Washburn University School of Law
Washington and Lee University School of Law
Washington University School of Law
Wayne State University Law School

Heartland Diversity Legal Job Fair press opportunities:
Friday, August 9
4:30–5:30 p.m. Diversity Panel
5:30–7 p.m. Welcome reception
Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
Please check in at the Registration Desk

Saturday, August 10
Noon–1:30 p.m. Keynote luncheon                     
Crowne Plaza Hotel – Starlight Ballroom
Please check in at the HDLJF Resource Room 2525

Thank you,

Kim Elrod
Director of Sections & Committees

P: 816.474.4322
F: 816.474.0103

Two Pershing Square
2300 Main St., Suite 100
Kansas City, MO 64108

The Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association serves approximately 5,000 members in the nine-county Kansas City metro area: Johnson and Wyandotte counties in Kansas and Cass, Clay, Jackson, Johnson, Lafayette, Platte and Ray counties in Missouri. The mission of this Association is to serve our members and our community by promoting justice, professional excellence and respect for the law.

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