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KWAA's Statement on Death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

KWAA iconSeptember 21, 2020 

It is with the deepest sadness and grief that the Kansas Women Attorneys Association mourns the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.  On behalf of our members, we make the following statement:

Justice Ginsburg was born into a world where one could only dream that “women could aspire and achieve and daughters are cherished as much as sons.”  With her courageous spirit and remarkable intellect, she made her life’s work the business of turning that dream into reality. On her passing, she hands on this legacy to the next generation of women and men to preserve, defend, and expand the principals of equality to which she dedicated her life.

We are grateful to have witnessed her in action, and hope that in her honor all little girls can dare to dream big dreams. 

 

KWAA submits letter to Thirtieth Judicial Nominating Commission

August 27, 2020 -- KWAA recently sent a letter to the Thirtieth Judicial Nominating Commission encouraging the Commission to consider the demographic representation of the Thirtieth District's bench when deliberating nominations to fill the vacancy created by Judge McQuin's retirement. The letter can be viewed here. Enclosed with the letter was a copy of The Gavel Gap: Who Sits in Judgment on State Courts, issued by the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy. 

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KWAA's Action Plan

June 11, 2020 --The Kansas Women Attorneys Association (KWAA) condemns racism and discrimination in all forms, and is recommitting itself to one of our founding principles: “to promote equality and social justice for all people.” Systemic racism is pervasive and we must work to identify and dismantle it within our profession. Every day, inequality and bias impact our minority members, our organization, our friends, our clients, and our legal system. We hear the international call for racial equity in the justice system in the wake of the deaths of George Floyd, Tony McDade, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless other Black lives, and KWAA stands in support.

As we listen and learn, KWAA also knows action is imperative to uphold the ideals of our organization. In consultation with its membership and the Minority Women in the Profession, Education and Outreach, Small Firm and Solo Practice, and Public Policy and Gender Committees, KWAA is pursuing the following actions:

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