Ran for Kansas City Mayor
- Date of Birth
- Sept. 12, 1951
Sly attended Bishop Hogan High School in Kansas City and graduated in 1969. While there, he was the president of his junior class. After completing his service in the United States Marine Corps, Sly returned home to Kansas City and graduated cum laude from Rockhurst College. Following that he earned his law degree, also cum laude, from the University of Minnesota in 1983.
- Work experience
During his 26-year legal career, Sly has developed a proven record of success as a leader, an effective coalition builder, and a fierce advocate. He joined Blackwell, Sanders, Matheny, Weary & Lombardi in 1983, and became the first African-American partner in the firmâ€™s history in 1990. In February, 2002, Sly started his own successful small business, The Sly James Firm, where he works with victims to seek justice and positive outcomes to disputes.
In 1992, the Missouri Supreme Court appointed Sly to the Missouri Board of Law Examiners. Between 1992 and 2002, he was a member, secretary, and later the president of the board.
He was president of the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association (KCMBA) in 2003, as well as the director of the Kansas City Bar Foundation, and vice president of the Public Interest Litigation Clinic.
Sly was formerly the vice-president of the board of directors of Legal Aid of Western Missouri and treasurer of the Jackson County Bar Association.
In 2003, while president of the KCMBA, Sly established the Diversity Initiative with 26 managing partners of the largest law firms in the city. He remains active in the KCMBA Diversity Committee. He is a Fellow of the American Bar Association.
Sly is married to Licia Clifton-James. They have four children.