Arnold & Porter Only U.S. Law Firm on 2004 List of "100 Best Companies for Working Mothers"
WASHINGTON, D.C., September 22, 2004 - Arnold & Porter LLP was named to Working Mother's annual list of "100 Best Companies for Working Mothers" yesterday. It is the only law firm in the country to make the magazine's 2004 roster. Arnold & Porter has been named to the list on four prior occasions, including in 2002, when it was selected "Best in Class" in the category of "Leave for New Parents."
"We are grateful for this recognition," said James Sandman, managing partner of Arnold & Porter. "We work hard to help our employees balance family and work commitments."
Carol Evans, CEO of Working Mother Media, remarked, "It's an enormous responsibility to care for a family and succeed at a job, and we're thrilled to see the serious commitment of smart companies to help their employees."
Arnold & Porter was the first U.S. law firm to have a full-time, on-site day care facility, which provides a preschool program and free back-up care for the children of attorneys and staff. The firm continues to receive national and regional recognition for its positive working environment. Earlier this year, Arnold & Porter received the Bar Association of the District of Columbia's Quality of Life Award because of the firm's family-friendly benefits and workplace policies. The firm is also ranked on FORTUNE's 2004 list of the "100 Best Companies to Work For." For its efforts in promoting diversity in the workplace, the firm received the only mid-Atlantic region 2004 Sager Award from the Minority Corporate Counsel Association.
With the help of industrial research firm eXpert Survey Systems, applications to be named to the "100 Best Companies for Working Mothers" list are validated and scored on more than 500 points of information, including the number of work/life programs offered, employee usage of such programs, and the representation of women throughout the company. This year, Working Mother gave particular weight to three issues: flexible scheduling, time off for new parents, and child-care options.