Chair of the Firm, Kutak Rock LLP 


Jay Selanders has been Chair of Kutak Rock since 2017. Prior to becoming Chair, he served as Managing Partner of the Kansas City Regional office. He is also a Brigadier General in the Kansas Air National Guard and has an M.B.A. from the Keller Graduate School of Management. In 2015, Jay was recognized by the Kansas City Chamber of Commerce for his work with firm and commitment to the community. 

As part of LCLD's Leaders at the Front initiative, Jay created a Leader's Pledge detailing his personal and organizational commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Read Jay's pledge here

Kutak Rock was a pioneer for recruiting women, receiving national recognition for its number of women partners in the 1970s. Today, 56 percent of the firm’s attorneys are women and/or minorities; the firm also has 8 times the national average for partners with disabilities and 2 times the national average for LGBT partners. Kutak Rock also has a National Inclusiveness and Diversity Forum, which includes affinity groups, pipeline groups, and groups focused on mentoring, communication, and training. 

Joined LCLD 2018 

Highlights of LCLD Participation


Fellows Program
Fellows Nominated:
2022: Anna Berman; 2021: Marceda Starks; 2020: Amy Blumenthal; 2019: Rebecca Suh; 2018: Ann McGill

Pathfinder Program
Pathfinders selected:
2022: Sarah ElsdenMichelle Rigoni; 2021: Tomi Ajibodu

Success in Law School Mentoring Program
Mentors Provided: 2019

Annual Meeting (2020, 2019, 2018)
Leadership Summit (2018)

Member: Jay Selanders 

Diversity Professional: Kimberly McKelvey, Miriam Blair