Our DEI mission is simple: To deliver opportunity to everyone. We call it “All Rise."
We believe it is our responsibility to lead the way for positive change and to be a standard-bearer for the legal industry – an example for others to follow and a source of pride for all of us. We are delivering on our commitment to generate best practices for DEI in our industry and leave no stone unturned in providing a just, fair and equitable working environment for all. It is not enough for one of us, or some of us, or even most of us to succeed. We will never stop working on this goal until all of us can succeed without exception. We will deliver opportunity to everyone – whomever or wherever they are.
All seen. All heard. All valued. All included. All Rise.
We continuously explore ways to enhance the inclusiveness of our organization and consistently evaluate our own diversity efforts and work-life policies to ensure that they are in keeping with marketplace practices that have proven effective in achieving inclusiveness. We recognize that diversity at all levels of an organization is a true sign of a world-class business, and we have made the recruitment, retention and promotion of women and diverse attorneys a top priority. In response to the events in the United States that have highlighted generations of systemic racial injustice against Black Americans, Reed Smith formed the Racial Equity Action Plan (REAP) Taskforce. This group is tasked with marshaling the firm’s resources to carry out the REAP.
The REAP is centered on three priorities:
- Internal well-being and learning, through which the firm commits to advancing recruitment, retention, and leadership opportunities for Black lawyers and staff.
- Pro bono and community engagement, including work for justice system reform, economic opportunity and defense against discrimination – with local and national organizations
- Client engagement, to invest in attracting and retaining Black lawyer talent, starting from law school recruiting efforts, to secondment engagements, to creating high-level relationship development opportunities.