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Arnold & Porter Named To Human Rights Campaign's Most GLBT-Friendly Places To Work In Corporate America For The Second Consecutive Year

September 17, 2007

Washington, D.C., September 17, 2007 -- Arnold & Porter LLP has been recognized by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) through its inclusion on the 2007 list of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) friendly workplaces in corporate America for the second year in a row.  In this year’s report, the sixth annual Corporate Equality Index, released by HRC today, an unprecedented 195 major U.S. companies earned a top rating of 100 percent in providing GLBT benefits and protections for their employees.  Arnold & Porter was one of 30 law firms in the country to receive a 100 percent rating.

"More businesses than ever before have recognized the value of a diverse and dedicated workforce," said Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese.  "More importantly, these employers understand that discrimination against GLBT workers will ultimately hurt their ability to compete in the global marketplace."

Arnold & Porter consistently ranks among the top firms in the country for women, racial minority, and gay and lesbian attorneys.  Widely recognized for its commitment to GLBT issues, Arnold & Porter has garnered the Ally of Justice Award from the Human Rights Campaign as well as from the Gay and Lesbian Attorneys Association of Washington, and is ranked among the top 20 U.S. firms for “Best in Diversity with Respect to GLBT” by Vault Guide 2008.  Within the firm, at least one gay or lesbian attorney serves on the hiring committee.  And for the past decade, an affinity group of GLBT lawyers at the firm has met regularly to provide mentoring, discuss pro bono opportunities, and organize recruiting events.  Arnold & Porter's family-friendly policies that positively impact the GLBT community include payments to help defray the costs associated with adopting a child, as well as twelve weeks paid leave for the primary caregiver after the birth of a child or an adoption.  

Arnold & Porter LLP is an international law firm with offices in Washington, D.C., Northern Virginia, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Denver, London, and Brussels.  The firm, founded in 1946, maintains more than 25 practice areas spanning a broad spectrum of the law, with a primary focus on litigation, transactional matters, and regulatory issues.

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