HOUSTON (May 9, 2017) Global law firm Reed Smith LLP today announced the appointment of Houston partner Marlen D. Whitley as the firm’s first Executive Director for Diversity Recruiting.  In this new role, Whitley will oversee all aspects of recruiting diverse attorney talent in the United States.

“At Reed Smith, we have made some great strides in diversity and inclusion,” said Sandy Thomas, Reed Smith’s Global Managing Partner, “but we have more to do.  We know that one of the key drivers to our success is ensuring that we recruit and retain a diverse group of attorneys to serve our clients.  Marlen is an outstanding addition to our diversity and recruiting teams, and his energy and guidance will be essential to achieving our goals.”

John Iino, Reed Smith’s Global Chair, Diversity & Inclusion, added, “Increasing diversity and strengthening inclusion in the legal profession means we must concentrate on attracting and retaining diverse attorneys.  Having someone like Marlen to help us focus and streamline our recruiting nationally will be a great step in ensuring our continued progress on the diversity and inclusion fronts.”