For the fourth consecutive year, Ballard Spahr has earned the Gold Standard Certification from the Women in Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF) in recognition of its outstanding women leaders and for providing pathways to leadership for women attorneys.

Instead of simply recognizing individual policies and practices, the certification honors large law firms with policies that have succeeded in creating women leaders. The firms must show that women constitute a meaningful percentage of chairs, managing partners, department heads, and group leaders. Women must also make up a significant proportion of equity partners, members of governance and compensation committees, and the most highly compensated attorneys.

“We are proud to be recognized for our success as well as our efforts,” said Lynn E. Rzonca, the co-head of the firm’s Ballard Women affinity group. “Our devotion to the advancement of women has enabled them to rise up through the ranks—an accomplishment worthy of the WILEF Gold Standard Certification.”

Ballard Spahr has a long-standing commitment to advancing women in the legal industry. Its women’s initiatives have been recognized by organizations such as the Pennsylvania Bar Association Commission on Women in the Profession and The American Lawyer.

The firm supports affinity groups for women. Ballard Women, which includes partners, counsel, and of counsel, hosts events for women clients and prospective clients; develops mentoring programs for their younger counterparts; and sponsors professional development programs. The Ballard Women Associates group provides opportunities for networking, mentoring, and professional development. Together with Ballard Women, it is resource to law students and young lawyers.

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