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Arthur A. Benson II

Arthur A. Benson II is a prominent civil rights attorney in Kansas City, Missouri. His law firm Benson & Associates specializes in constitutional law issues as well as employment discrimination, police misconduct, First Amendment, and voting rights issues. He has received a prestigious Reginald Hebert Smith Community Lawyer Fellowship and has served as General Counsel and member of the Board of Directors of the American Civil Liberties Union of Western Missouri. He has served on the Missouri Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and has received the Civil Liberties Award of the ACLU of Western Missouri.

Mr. Benson is well known for his work on the Kansas City desegregation case in which he argued that Kansas City’s metropolitan and suburban school districts had consistently failed to follow the mandate of the landmark case of Brown vs. Board of Education and that the school districts remained racially segregated twenty years after Brown.