Associates and Recruiting Committees
As functions of our Associates and Recruiting Committees, each of our new associates is assigned a mentor. We seek to hire lawyers who have demonstrated consistent academic excellence, have involved themselves in the community of their school or beyond, and who are eager to apply their intellects and energies to the everchanging challenges that our clients present. Certainly, an outstanding law school record is indicative of these qualities; however, other professional postings, personal references and life experiences are weighed. We have always rejected the notion that there is one kind of "Smith Moore Leatherwood lawyer," in favor of the notion that who we are changes every day — as it must. We seek to constantly reinvent ourselves with new talent and new ideas, with an abiding sense of where we have come from that we trust will guide where we go. The careful training and development of each attorney ensures our success as individuals and as a firm.
Promoting Inspiration, Networking & Knowledge (PINK)
At Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP, 23% of our equity partners are women. We have a long tradition of women holding leadership positions and succeeding professionally and personally. For example, one of PINK's members was the first female managing partner of a private law firm (one of SML's predecessor firms) in South Carolina. PINK seeks to formalize and improve on the women-mentoring that we have done well (informally) for years, and to add additional mechanisms to enhance our mentoring and marketing efforts relating to women.
The American Bar Association Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section
Smith Moore Leatherwood continues to be heavily involved in the selection of candidates and development of programming for the TIPS Leadership Academy. From its outset, an express mission of this program was to increase the diversity of leaders in the legal profession, recognizing such diversity to be of the highest value. The Academy provides participants with the tools, knowledge and skills necessary to lead the legal profession and improve leadership service in the community as a whole. Academy participants are selected from around the country and come from diverse backgrounds and job settings. Ethical, professional and community service values are nurtured to raise the level of awareness among lawyers regarding the broad range of issues facing the profession. Smith Moore Leatherwood is proud to have a recent Academy graduate among our attorneys.
The North Carolina Bar Association Diversity Task Force
Smith Moore Leatherwood participated in the implementation of the North Carolina Bar's diversity efforts. Our attorneys assisted in establishing and choosing participants in the N.C. Bar Leadership Academy, a program designed to increase diversity among bar leadership.