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Grey named leader of diversity group

Robert J. Grey Jr., a partner at Richmond-based Hunton & Williams LLP and a former president of the American Bar Association, has been named interim executive director of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity.

The council, formed in May, is composed of corporate general counsel and law firm managing partners and has as its goal bringing more minorities into the legal profession and providing opportunities for their advancement.

Grey will oversee the group’s efforts to increase membership and identify a permanent executive director within the next six months.

He will continue his duties as a partner Hunton & Williams’ administrative law and government relations on a part-time basis.

Rick Palmore, general counsel of General Mills, is chairman of the council’s board, and Wally Martinez, managing partner at Hunton & Williams, is vice chairman.

Palmore said Grey “recognizes the unique opportunity our organization has to effect material change in the industry, and he is committed to ensuring our profession allows the best talent to flourish.”

Grey said the goal is “ultimately to enhance opportunities for women and all minority groups so that they will perform, succeed and lead in the legal profession.”

By Alan Cooper

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