NEW YORK – Reed Smith today announced that it has named Geoffrey G. Young, a partner in the firm’s litigation practice, executive director of diverse recruiting.

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Working closely with Casey Ryan, Reed Smith’s Global Head of Legal Recruiting, as well as the firm’s Senior Management Team, and its Global Chief of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; Chief Human Resources Officer; Director of Legal Recruiting; and Business Inclusion Group leaders, Geoff will lead the generation of a pipeline of outstanding diverse talent and conversion of that pipeline into hires, in alignment with Reed Smith’s Racial Equity Action Plan. He will also serve a critical role in the firm’s efforts towards building its reputation as an employer of choice for diverse talent, and will work to effect positive change across the entire recruiting process.

“A key pillar of our Racial Equity Action Plan is a determined approach towards bringing on diverse legal talent whose practices complement our firm’s global capabilities. Geoff is just the person to lead the charge here as he came up through the ranks, from summer associate to partner, and is well known throughout our firm as a talented lawyer, fierce advocate, and firm-first colleague committed to the success of Reed Smith and its people,” said Sandy Thomas, Reed Smith’s Global Managing Partner. “Whereas Geoff can call upon his experience at various levels at the firm to inform our strategy and approach towards diverse recruiting, the responsibility of attracting, retaining, and advancing diverse talent is central to our core values, and is an outcome we will achieve as a team.”