Diversity in Law Banquet


The annual Diversity in Law Banquet celebrates diversity in the legal profession and serves as a fundraiser for the Diversity in Law Scholarship.

KU Law students organizations - Asian Law Students Association, Black Law Students Association, Hispanic American Law Students Association, Native American Law Students Association, and OUTLaws & Allies - take turns hosting this annual event.

2023 Diversity in Law Banquet

Thank you to everyone who supported the 28th Annual Diversity in Law Banquet, KU Law's annual celebration of diversity in the legal profession! Together, event sponsorships and donations raised more than $45,000 for the Diversity in Law Scholarship at KU Law. This year's banquet was hosted by the Asian Law Students Association (ALSA) and KU Law. Sudha Setty, professor of law and dean at the City University of New York School of Law was our keynote speaker.

Keynote Speaker

Dean Sudha SettySudha Setty joined the City University of New York School of Law as dean and professor of law on July 1, 2022. Previously, she served as dean of the Western New England University School of Law, where she led the creation of its Center for Social Justice in 2019 and expanded racial justice-oriented programming and student support. In addition, she has led faculty in adopting a graduation requirement for racial justice coursework. Dean Setty joined Western New England University School of Law as a professor of Law in 2006, served as associate dean for faculty development and intellectual life (2011-2018), and was named dean and professor of Law in 2018. Dean Setty started her legal career as an associate at Davis Polk & Wardwell (1999-2006).

In 2021, Dean Setty co-hosted the inaugural Workshop for Asian-American Women in Legal Academia, drawing over 100 participants to engage in professional development, scholarship support, and building community. She is the first person of South Asian descent to lead a CUNY school and is the first woman of South Asian descent to serve as dean of an ABA-accredited law school.

Dean Setty received a bachelor's degree in 1995 from Stanford University and a Juris Doctor in 1999 from Columbia Law School, where she was on the editorial board of the Journal of Law and Social Problems and an officer of the South Asian Law Students Association.

Event Sponsors

Thank you to all the sponsors and contributors for the 2023 Diversity in Law Banquet. For more information, contact Jamila Jefferson-Jones, Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging, at jeffersonjones@ku.edu.

Title Sponsor


"Barnes & Thronburg LLP Logo"



Platinum Sponsor

2023 Diversity Banquet platinum sponsor Blue Cross Blue Shield Logo

Gold Sponsors

2023 Diversity Banquet gold sponsors Leverage Law Group LLC, Littler, Stinson, Polsinelli, Stueve Siegel Hanson, Bryan Cave Leighton Pasiner BCLP, Husch Blcakwell, and Lathrop GMP

Silver Sponsors

2023 Diversity Banquet silver sponsors Shook hardy & Bacon, Payne & Jones, Seigfreid Bingham, Foulston Attorneys at Law, Martin Pringle Attorneys at Law, SBH, RDM Trial Counsel, Security Benefit, Trevino Law Office LC, Garmin, and Kansas Trial Lawyers Association

Bronze Sponsors

  • Jackson County Bar Association
  • Judge Hugh Means Inn of Court
  • Rebein Brothers
  • Spencer Fane LLP

Ally Sponsors

  • Barber Emerson, L.C.
  • LGBTQ Bar Association of Greater Kansas City
  • Lewis Rice LLC
  • Kansas Bar Association
  • Douglas County Bar Association
  • Iowa Tribe of Kansas & Nebraska
  • Wichita Women Attorneys Association
  • Wichita Bar Association

In Kind

  • The Jayhawk Club
  • Minuteman Press of Lawrence
  • Owens Flowers


Jamila Jefferson-Jones
Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging
Earl B. Shurtz Research Professor of Law

Jordan Carter
Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging
Visiting Assistant Professor

Rebecca Clayton
Events Coordinator

KU Law Events Calendar