For the second year in a row, Ballard Spahr earned a perfect 100 rating in the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation's Corporate Equality Index. The annual report provides analysis and ranking of large employers' benefits and protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender employees and their families. Based on the rating, the firm was also named among the HRC's 2011 "Best Places to Work."

The Human Rights Campaign is the nation’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender citizens. Its Corporate Equality Index, now in its ninth year, ranks employers across industries based on their diversity and discrimination policies, training, and same-sex benefits.

"A shared value for diverse perspectives is part of the corporate culture at Ballard Spahr. Ours is an environment that welcomes people of all backgrounds," said Virginia G. Essandoh, Ballard Spahr's Director of Diversity. "We really believe that clients are best served when solutions spring from varied life experiences."

Ballard Spahr's commitment to diversity is reflected in its employment policies, community involvement, and recruiting initiatives. The firm's employee affinity groups include Equality Ballard: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Lawyers and Friends, which provides opportunities for business development and pro bono outreach to the LGBTQ community while maintaining a supportive internal environment.

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