NEW YORK (January 18, 2017) – Reed Smith LLP today announced that Chicago-based intellectual property (IP) partner Keyonn L. Pope has been selected as the firm’s Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) Fellow for 2017. Additionally, associates Zalika T. Pierre, a member of the firm’s Financial Industry Group in New York, and Maytak Chin, a member of the firm’s Complex Litigation Group in San Francisco, have been selected as the firm’s 2017 LCLD Pathfinders.

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“Keyonn is an outstanding lawyer who will excel in the LCLD Fellowship Program while representing the firm and our longstanding commitment to diversity and mentoring,” said partner John M. Iino, Reed Smith’s Global Chair, Diversity & Inclusion. “We’re also thrilled to have such outstanding rising stars like Maytak and Zalika participate in the LCLD Pathfinder Program.”

The LCLD Fellowship Program is an intensive, year-long professional development program that mentors the legal industry diversity leaders of tomorrow. Designed for lawyers with eight-to-15 years of experience, the LCLD Fellows Program connects high-potential attorneys with leading general counsel and managing partners.

The LCLD Pathfinders Program, now in its second year, is tailored for lawyers with three-to-five years of experience. The program provides practical tools for developing and leveraging professional networks, leadership skills, and career development strategies.

An emerging thought-leader on IP, media, and entertainment law, Pope handles complex litigation and transactional matters involving patents, trademarks, unfair competition, trade secrets, copyrights, licensing, data privacy, advertising, music, and sports. Pope, a recently elected partner, is a strong proponent of firm citizenship and diversity leadership. He currently serves as co-chair of Reed Smith’s Black/African-American Affinity Group, as well as a member of the Hiring Committee. He is also active in a number of philanthropic/civic activities, including serving as a member of the University of Illinois Law Alumni Board, and as a board member of the Shriver Center for Poverty Law, the Jazz Institute of Chicago, and Footsteps of My Father (a nonprofit devoted to helping young boys with absentee fathers).