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Smith Moore Leatherwood Named as Nominee for S.C. Chamber Diversity Award

Smith Moore Leatherwood Named as Nominee for S.C. Chamber Diversity Award

August 17, 2012

Greenville, S.C. – Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP has been named by the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce as one of the nominees for the 8th Annual Excellence in Workplace Diversity Awards, which recognize businesses' significant contributions to moving South Carolina forward in diversity initiatives. Several criteria are considered in choosing companies for the awards, including diversity initiatives, effectiveness and applicability/replicability.   Smith Moore Leatherwood is the only law firm named as a nominee.

"The firm makes internal and external diversity initiatives a priority, as we believe the respect we foster for each other creates an atmosphere in which our differences in backgrounds, experiences and viewpoints make us better colleagues and stronger advocates for our clients," said Tami McKnew, partner in Smith Moore Leatherwood's Greenville office and member of the firm's Diversity Committee. "We are honored to be recognized statewide in South Carolina for our efforts."

Smith Moore Leatherwood's diversity initiatives include a minority scholarship program; firm-wide diversity training; a formal women's mentoring/networking group within the firm; an alternative work schedule policy; domestic partner benefits; and a commitment to community involvement. The firm was the recipient of the 2012 Upstate Diversity Leadership Award, presented by the Diversity Leaders Initiative and The Riley Institute, in the Business category.

"Businesses that make diversity a priority in their workplaces understand that employers and employees are happier and more successful when they implement sound diversity practices," said Otis Rawl, president and CEO of the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce. "We look forward to honoring these businesses that are doing their part to create positive work environments for employees."

The S.C. Chamber of Commerce will recognize the nominees and the award recipients at a dinner and awards presentation in Columbia on September 13, 2012.

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