If you’re interested in working in the Kansas City area after graduation, then you’ll want to check out the website of the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association (KCMBA)(kcmba.org). The website is divided into seven main sections, and a great deal of information is available to members and non-members alike.
The first section offers a basic overview of the association, including its history, purpose, bylaws, contact information, and recent press releases.
The focus of the second section is membership, which is free for all law students. This section also describes the various benefits of membership, including a subscription to the association’s monthly publication (the KC Counselor), discounted CLEs, car and hotel rental discounts, access to events and networking opportunities, and many others.
Related to membership, a separate section on the website provides a descriptive overview of the sections and committees available for members to join, including the Business Law Section, the Criminal Law Section, the Diversity Section, and several more. The site also offers an in-depth listing and descriptions of the various members-only annual and intermittent professional and social events.
Next comes a section on legal education, which includes a calendar listing all in-person and webinar CLE programs. Additionally, there is information about two special programs offered via KCMBA. The Bar Leadership Academy program helps participants master leadership skills to become better resources to the legal profession and the Kansas City community, and the Ross T. Roberts Trial Academy teaches new lawyers topnotch trial advocacy skills.
KCMBA’s website also contains a section describing resources that it offers to the public and in which lawyers can participate, including fee dispute resolution, Project Pro Bono, judicial evaluations, and other online resources.
Finally, there is a section devoted to the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Foundation (KCMBF), KCBMA’s charitable organization. The site explains what the foundation does and offers a listing of KCMBF-sponsored events and other opportunities for lawyers to get involved specifically with KCMBF.
Overall, KCMBA’s website offers a great starting place for students who are seeking to break into or stay involved with the legal scene in the Kansas City area. In particular, members can take advantage of some very helpful educational opportunities.