Ballard Spahr partners Valarie J. Allen and Lucretia C. Clemons will be honored at the second annual Pennsylvania Diversity and Leadership Conference, sponsored by the National Diversity Council.

Ms. Allen will receive the Most Powerful and Influential Women Award and Ms. Clemons the Multicultural Leadership Award at the event, September 22, 2011, at Drexel University.

Ms. Allen, of the Public Finance Department, serves on the boards of the Economy League of Greater Philadelphia, Project Leap Forward, Germantown Branch of Settlement Music School, and Please Touch Museum. She serves on the firm’s Hiring Committee. She has mentored in Ballard Spahr’s pipeline program, Constitution High School, and coached baseball and basketball in the Chestnut Hill Youth Sports Club. Ms. Allen’s practice spans all areas of public finance. She advises issuers, underwriters, and borrowers in connection with the structuring, issuance, offering, placement, remarketing, and restructuring of tax-exempt and taxable municipal securities and other debt instruments and derivatives. She serves as bond, borrower’s, and underwriter’s counsel to clients across the United States.

Ms. Clemons, of the Litigation Department, focuses her practice in the area of corporate diversity management, counseling clients on how to improve diversity performance through diversity assessments and comprehensive diversity action plans. She founded Ballard Spahr’s Minority Associates Group, composed of lawyers of color as well as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender lawyers. Her leadership was instrumental in establishing the group’s Minority 1L Interviewing and Resume Writing Workshop, now held annually in several of the firm’s offices. Ms. Clemons sits on the board of Art Sanctuary and was Sergeant-at-Arms of the Valley Forge Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., working with its GEMS mentoring program for high school girls.

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