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Sheryl R. Roberts

Legal Recruiting Manager


Sheryl is Smith Anderson’s Legal Recruiting Manager and has more than 30 years of experience working in law firms, spending the majority of those three decades at Smith Anderson. She works with the firm’s Director of Professional Development in all aspects of legal talent recruiting, including the summer associates program, entry-level, lateral and partner-level hiring. She currently serves as president of the Triangle Area Legal Recruitment Association (TALRA), a local recruiting organization that offers networking and professional development opportunities for legal recruiting professionals at both area law firms and law schools.

Sheryl enjoys snowboarding, boating, camping and traveling with her family and friends. She has trained in Muay Thai for more than twenty years, reaching the level of Kru (teacher) and continues to enjoy coaching the martial art.

  • Triangle Area Legal Recruitment Association (TALRA)
    • President (2017-Present)
    • Member (2012-Present)
  • National Association for Law Placement
    • Member, Nominating Committee (2022)
    • Regional Resource Council - Southeast Regional Representative (2020-2022)
    • Vice Chair, DE&I Section Recruitment Tools Evaluation Work Group (2021-2022)
    • Vice-Chair, Experienced Professionals/Newer Professionals Collaboration Work Group
      • Experienced Professionals Section (2019-2021)
      • Newer Professionals Section (2016)
    • Vice-Chair, Experienced Professionals Member Relations Committee, Experienced Professionals Section (2020-2021)
  • Certified Adult Mental Health First Aid, National Council for Mental Wellbeing

News & Publications


  • National Association for Law Placement Bulletin
    • Recruiting Beyond the Interview: Closing the Deal, January 2020
    • Fluid and Flexible is the Name of the Game…Things to Consider for OCIs, November 2020

Speaking Engagements


  • Panelist, “Advising Law Firm Professionals and Students on On-Campus Recruiting Changes,” Ask the Expert Webinar
  • Moderator, "Beyond Traditional OCI: Rethinking 1L Hiring and Small and Mid-Sized Firm Outreach,” Ask the Expert Webinar
  • Panelist, “Mastering the Interview,” Ask the Expert Webinar
  • Panelist, “Summertime and the Livin’ Ain’t Easy,” Ask the Expert Webinar


  • Pierce College, Associates of Arts, 1985
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