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The Professional Diversity Committee of the Wichita Bar Association started the Grow Your Own Lawyer program in 1996. This program is modeled on the Grow Your Own Teacher program. The program is open to high school juniors and seniors who have an interest in pursuing a career in the law with an emphasis on including racial minority and female students. The program has been recognized for its excellence by the Wichita Bar Association and was the 2010 KBA Diversity Award.

Each student is matched with a lawyer-mentor with whom the student will meet several times during the spring semester. Monthly programs are held for the students, which last year included tours of the Sedgwick County DA's office, jail and juvenile detention facilities, a field trip to KU and Washburn Law Schools, the Kansas Supreme Court and the Brown vs. Board of Education National Historic Site in Topeka.

The long-term goal of the program is that those students who go on to a career in the law will return to the Wichita/Sedgwick County area to practice.

The application deadine for the program is Wednesday, December 9, 2015, at noon.

Application Form

Alumni Tracking Form (PDF)

Alumni Tracking Form (Online)

For more information, contact Kellie Hogan at You may also contact her by phone at (316) 290-8217.