Arnold & Porter LLP Children's Center Hosts "Take Our Children To Work Day"
WASHINGTON, NEW YORK, LOS ANGELES, April 29, 2004 – On April 22, 2004, Arnold & Porter LLP was busy in offices coast to coast coordinating unique events that offered children a brief view of professional life. The firm’s Washington, New York, and Los Angeles offices all took part in the firm’s annual celebration of “Take Our Children To Work Day,” attended by a total of 82 children, ages eight to 17, and their parents.
“We wanted to offer a program that gave children a taste of how the working world functions,” said Sally D’Italia, Director of the firm’s Children’s Center in Washington, who organized their group activity. “In the process, we hope that children will begin to understand the challenges of balancing work and family life, in addition to working with a variety of individuals and being successful at it.”
In Washington, the daylong event included a session where youngsters were invited to create several PowerPoint presentations, working together to solve “real life” problems. In New York, the program included group negotiation exercises and opportunities for the children to interview an Arnold & Porter employee. The downtown Los Angeles office boasted a record number of child participants, who spent half of the day observing their parents and the other half engaged in a coloring contest, later judged by the partner who heads the Los Angeles office.
The law firm of Arnold & Porter LLP is well known for its award-winning day care facility. The center provides a full-time preschool program and back-up care for the children of attorneys and staff. Arnold & Porter's family-friendly policies and children’s center were recently showcased in ABA Journal’s September 2003 issue, and the firm has been named one of the “100 Best Companies for Working Mothers” byWorking Mother magazine four times in the last decade. The firm also received the 2002 Workplace Model of Excellence from the National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition.