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Kansas City Partner Elaine Drodge Koch will join Paulette Brown, president of the American Bar Association, to discuss the ABA Commission on Diversity and Inclusion 360 project and how lawyers can be role models for their clients’ organizations. Brown is the first woman of color to serve as ABA president. The March 31 discussion is part of the 2016 ABA National Conference on Equal Employment Opportunity Law in Austin, Texas.

The EEO Committee established a diversity best practices list for law firms more than a decade ago. Koch also will discuss where we are today and how we can all help move the ball forward toward greater diversity and inclusion in the legal profession.

Koch has more than 30 years' experience as a trial lawyer where her practice focuses primarily on employment litigation, civil rights litigation and business torts, in addition to counseling clients on employment issues. She has tried a wide variety of jury trials in state and federal court, including arbitrations, bench trials, and the largest individual taxpayer case in the history of the United States Tax Court. Her litigation experience includes contract disputes, class actions, employment litigation, business torts, products liability, and civil rights litigation. Koch served as the global leader of the Labor & Employment Group at Bryan Cave for eight years. She is a national speaker on employment law and litigation techniques, served on the editorial board of the Practical Litigator, and has been an active member of the American Bar Association, serving in a number of national leadership roles in the Labor and Employment Section and frequently speaking at national meetings.

For more information about the 2016 ABA National Conference on Equal Employment Opportunity Law, click here. For more information about diversity at Bryan Cave, please click here.

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