Our commitment to diversity is reflected in a written policy, and supported by a daily commitment to the core values by which we manage ourselves. The firm's resolve to these principles is settled, but we remain flexible in light of the varying ways that challenges and needs confront our clients, our lawyers and our staff. Our efforts to build a culture of inclusiveness and appreciation for diverse backgrounds and needs include:
Diversity and Inclusion Training
Smith Moore Leatherwood’s commitment to diversity is constant and management seeks ways to offer mandatory diversity education programs across our footprint. The firm believes that education, communication, and understanding are the recipe to building connections—and connections are vital to building success. Having every Smith Moore Leatherwood employee participate in mandatory diversity and inclusion training programs solidifies our commitment to diversity.
The firm has worked diligently to promote an inclusive work environment and, over the years, has initiated training programs to generate awareness of diversity issues, manage talent, and increase employee engagement.
Examples of past training exercises include a nationally recognized consultant who engaged our attorneys and staff in a thoughtful firm-wide presentation and discussion about unconscious biases and, on a separate occasion, an attorney retreat dedicated to understanding and promoting diversity. A two-day workshop conducted by a nationally recognized speaker and author on workplace diversity was paired with community outreach assignments for all attorneys to work and play with children in day care and afterschool care settings, and to paint, landscape, and maintain community service facilities in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Alternative Work Schedule Policy
Smith Moore Leatherwood recognizes that having a balanced life enables individuals to excel personally and professionally. Our Diversity Committee led an internal study of reduced hour and flexible work schedule issues in 2006 which included a firm-wide survey and affinity discussion groups aimed at identifying and addressing concerns and opportunities. A revised policy was adopted by the firm's Management Committee that focuses on an individual analysis of each proposed alternative schedule.
Domestic Partner Benefits
The firm provides domestic partner benefits, consistent with its objective to further an inclusive set of values that unites lawyers and staff across all its offices.
Our attorneys are regularly engaged in efforts to promote diversity through religious, civic and charitable organizations. The firm and its lawyers support, with contributions of time, legal work, and money, state and local organizations that provide aid, legal services and social services in our communities.