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Mentoring and Leadership

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 ever-changing 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 reject 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. 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, 35% of our equity partners are women. We have a long tradition of females holding leadership positions and succeeding professionally and personally. For example, one of PINK's members was the first female named as managing partner in any private law firm in South Carolina (at Leatherwood Walker Todd & Mann, one of our predecessor firms). PINK seeks to formalize and improve on the women-mentoring that we have done well for years, and to add additional mechanisms to enhance our mentoring and marketing efforts relating to women.

The North Carolina Bar Association Diversity Task Force
Smith Moore Leatherwood participated in the implementation of the North Carolina Bar Association's diversity efforts. Our attorneys assisted in establishing and choosing participants in the N.C. Bar Association Leadership Academy, a program designed to increase diversity among bar leadership.


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