Smith Moore lawyers Erik Albright and Allison Van Laningham have been selected to attend a two day national summit in Memphis, TN to discuss how cities can recruit and retain young, mobile, and creative professionals. Albright and Van Laningham, along with 9 other Greensboro young leaders were chosen by Action Greensboro to attend the two day national summit which begins on May 1. The Summit was created by the research of Richard Florida, a Carnegie Melon University professor and author of "The Rise of the Creative Class: And How It's Transforming Work, Leisure, Community, and Everyday Life." Florida is gathering for the Summit a group he calls "The Creative 100" who he says will help determine the fate of cities in the new economy.
The Creative 100 are meeting in Memphis from all over the United States to share their thoughts and insights in the areas of business, culture, finance, design, society, education, and science, and in the end, to develop the definitive manifesto for cities and regions competing for their talent.
Erik Albright is the membership chair and one of the founding members of the Future Fund of the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro. He has been an active board member and volunteer for numerous civic groups. He is a partner in the Litigation practice group with an active civil litigation practice emphasizing commercial litigation, defense of tort actions, and sports law.
Allison Van Laningham represents the Greensboro Young Lawyers Division of Action Greensboro and was elected as the Chairperson of Vision Greensboro. She is an associate with the Litigation practice group whose emphasis is on appellate and media law.