Melissa brings a wealth of talent acquisition experience to Ward and Smith. As our Director of Attorney Recruiting, Diversity, and Inclusion, she is responsible for our attorney recruitment efforts in support of the firm's current strategic initiatives and business goals with an emphasis on the successful transition of clients, referral relationships, and practice experience from one generation to the next. Additionally, Melissa is responsible for expanding the firm's professional development learning programs and diversity efforts.
Prior to relocating to Raleigh in 2019, Melissa provided recruiting and development support to large law firms in Washington, D.C. Her experience includes managing lateral partner onboarding, conducting screening interviews, implementing training programs, and executing on-campus recruitment programs at more than 20 law schools. Melissa was active in the Washington Area Legal Recruitment Administrators Association, having served on that board of directors for two years, and presented at the National Association for Law Placement's 2018 Annual Conference.
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