Arnold & Porter Named To 2005 "Working Mother 100 Best Companies" List
For Second Year in a Row, Only Law Firm Named to List
WASHINGTON, D.C., September 13, 2005 – Arnold & Porter LLP was named to the annual “Working Mother 100 Best Companies” list by Working Mother magazine yesterday, marking the sixth time the firm has been so recognized. It is the only law firm in the country to have been named to the magazine’s roster in both 2004 and 2005.
“We are grateful for this recognition,” said James Sandman, managing partner of Arnold & Porter. “We try to provide a welcoming environment for working mothers, who are balancing increasingly complex workplace and family commitments.”
“We salute Arnold & Porter for their efforts and for making the 100 Best list,” said Carol Evans, CEO of Working Mother Media. “It is my hope that other companies around the country learn from the best and experience first-hand the value of flexibility as a business imperative.”
In surveying the companies that applied for this year’s list, particular weight was given to questions in three areas: flexible scheduling, the most critical benefit for working mothers; child-care options, because without them parents can’t work; and time off for new parents, because it’s critical for mothers to bond with their newborns without suffering professionally.
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 has been widely recognized for its diversity efforts, and the strength of its diversity program was recently featured on the covers of American Lawyer Student Edition (July 2005) and Minority Law Journal (Summer 2005). Earlier this year, Arnold & Porter received the Leadership Award from the Hispanic Bar Association of the District of Columbia for the firm's leadership in improving diversity in the legal profession. The firm has been on FORTUNE list of the “100 Best Places to Work For” for three years running.