Ballard Spahr has been recognized as one of the 2012 Top 100 law firms in the nation for both diversity and women. The rankings mark the firm’s seventh consecutive appearance on the lists.

The lists, published by MultiCultural Law magazine, showcase the nation’s top firms that are making diversity and inclusion in the legal profession priorities. The honorees are chosen through a nationwide survey of lawyers and legal professionals.

Ballard Spahr works to ensure diversity through its Diversity Council, and the firm has consistently shown its commitment to the advancement of women attorneys through mentoring, networking, and professional development opportunities. As a result of those efforts, three of Ballard Spahr’s 13 offices are managed by partners of color, two of whom are women, and a quarter of the firm’s partners are women.

“I am proud that the firm has been included on these lists for seven straight years,” said Virginia G. Essandoh, Ballard Spahr’s Chief Diversity Officer. “Our commitment to diversity and women’s initiatives is longstanding and we offer participation in several affinity groups to support and retain lawyers. The firm continuously seeks ways to improve programs and policies that help all of our lawyers succeed.”

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