BCLP Senior Counsel Herb Kohn has been selected to receive the 2019 Henry W. Bloch Human Relations Award in Kansas City. Kohn will be presented with the award Nov. 24, at the 43rd Annual Human Relations Dinner sponsored by the Jewish Community Relations Bureau/American Jewish Committee (JCRB/AJC).

For 75 years, the Jewish Community Relations Bureau/AJC has worked to fight anti-Semitism, racism and bigotry, and to build bridges of understanding throughout the Greater Kansas City community. This event has a long tradition of bringing the community together to celebrate the honoree and recognize the importance of seeking justice, avoiding discrimination and promoting interfaith relations.

After a harrowing early childhood on the run from Nazis across Europe, Herb arrived in Kansas City as a third grader with his parents. Today, he’s well-known in the KC business community, where he practices corporate, business and banking law at BCLP, concentrating in the areas of acquisitions, financial transactions, banking and public finance. Kohn was chosen “Best Rainmaker in Missouri” in 2009 and 2011 by Missouri Lawyers Weekly.

His civic roles have included serving as chairman of Kansas City, Mo., Mayor Kay Barnes’ transition team in 1999 and chairman of the mayor’s Charter Review Commission in 2000. He serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees for the Truman Presidential Museum & Library and is the past chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Kansas City Art Institute. Kohn served as director of Missouri Boys State, as chairman of the Missouri Gaming Commission and chairman of the Missouri Cancer Commission. 

“JCRB|AJC is proud to present Herb Kohn with the Henry W. Bloch Human Relations Award, and to add his name to the list of previous award honorees, to whom we owe our great respect and appreciation, and who have set an example for our agency’s current and future endeavors,” JCRB|AJC Executive Director Gavriela Geller noted in The Kansas City Jewish Chronicle.

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