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BCLP Senior Counsel Herb Kohn has been selected to receive the 2021 Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Michigan Law School. Herb is a 1963 graduate of the law school.

“We are so proud to call Herb one of our own and to present this award to someone who so fully exemplifies the kind of person that the Law School believes in, someone who is dedicated to the law and is held in such high esteem by his peers,” said David A. Breach Dean of Law Mark West at the award ceremony. “We tell our students from the very beginning that their accomplishments in the world would mean nothing if they’re not leading an authentic life and positively affecting others, and that’s exactly how Herb has conducted his life and career.”

Presented annually since 2011, the Distinguished Alumni Award is Michigan Law’s highest honor. It recognizes extraordinary alumni whose achievements exemplify the values and ethos of the law school.

Herb’s practice at BCLP is focused in corporate, business and banking law, particularly in the areas of acquisitions, financial transactions and public finance. He is a former member of the firm’s Executive Committee, a Master Coach in the firm’s Coaching the Coaches Program for 13 years, and on the firmwide Pro Bono Committee for 10 years. Earlier in his career, he was the Jackson County counselor and worked as a clerk in the chambers of the Hon. Harvey M. Johnsen, chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.

Among his numerous civic engagements, Herb served as chairman for the Missouri Gaming Commission, the Missouri Cancer Commission, the Kansas City Art Institute, the Commission to Study Early Childhood Education in Kansas City, a blue ribbon task force studying Kansas City’s pension plans, Kansas City Mayor Kay Barnes’ Transition Task Force in 1999, the board of Shalom Geriatric and Convalescent Center, and the United Way Professional Group.

He was the director of the youth leadership program Missouri Boys State, the Richard and Annette Bloch Cancer Foundation, and the Starlight Theatre. He served as a trustee of the Massachusetts School of Law and the Truman Presidential Museum and Library. He has been a member of the Civic Council of Greater Kansas City and the finance committee of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

Previous honors include the Baron of the Boardroom Award from the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, the Best Rainmaker designation from Missouri Lawyers Weekly, and the 2019 Henry W. Bloch Human Relations Award from the Jewish Community Relations Bureau/American Jewish Committee.

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