Reed Smith kicked off 2020 Global Diversity Awareness Month in October with its fourth annual Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Summit. In any normal year, Global Diversity Awareness Month is important and notable but the events of this year have made all of us feel its significance more profoundly.

Authors: Alexander Y. Thomas John Iino Cristina M. Shea

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As part of the Reed Smith Racial Equity Action Plan, one of our key objectives is learning. This report outlines some of the key takeaways that emerged from our discussions and some of the challenges and best practices that were highlighted during the Summit.

Our 2020 Summit focused on racial justice and intersectionality. The virtual nature of this year’s Summit let us cast a wider net for attendance. We were delighted that there were over 1,100 registrants that included our clients and all Reed Smith personnel.

As we continue to explore some of the critical issues the legal industry and our society are dealing with, we are grateful to the participants for their honesty and candor, and we look forward to a continuing dialogue as together we work towards achieving greater equity, diversity, and inclusion. We especially want to thank those clients who participated as panelists. 

Commitment to equity and inclusion is at the very heart of our firm’s core values and our Summit is just one of many ways that we manifest its importance. We hope you enjoy this report and look forward to seeing you at our next Summit.

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