Ballard Spahr attorneys Sandra Maki Hashima and Rania S. Arja have been selected to the Lawyers of Color Second Annual Hot List. Ms. Hashima is being recognized for the Eastern Region and Ms. Arja for the Mid-Atlantic Region. The lists each honor 100 promising early- to mid-career attorneys under the age of 40 who are excelling in the legal profession. The honorees will be profiled in the Hot List Special Issue that comes out July 28, 2014.

The honorees were selected by a committee comprising editorial staff and advisers, and law school fellows and interns. The committee reviewed nominations from mentors, peers, and colleagues, and researched bar publications and legal blogs to identify candidates. It also considered attorneys who had noteworthy accomplishments or who were active in legal pipeline initiatives.

Lawyers of Color is a minority legal organization that works to promote exceptional minority lawyers through various media platforms. Founded as On Being A Black Lawyer in 2011, the organization has grown to include and produce publications for lawyers of South Asian, Pacific Asian, Hispanic, Native American, and African heritages, among others.

Ms. Hashima is an associate in the Business and Finance Department of the firm’s Philadelphia office. She assists companies in general corporate matters and business transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, corporate governance, and SEC reporting. Ms. Arja, an associate in the firm’s Washington, D.C., office, represents mortgage lenders in commercial real estate financing, with an emphasis on multifamily project loans insured by the Federal Housing Administration.

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