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Covington Named to "Working Mother 100"


WASHINGTON, DC, September 25, 2006 — Working Mother magazine today announced that Covington & Burling LLP is a 2006 Working Mother 100 Best Company. For 21 years, Working Mother has celebrated employers whose groundbreaking benefits—from flexible schedules and child care to innovative leave policies for new parents—are helping redefine workplace standards across the nation.

“Covington is exceptional for its continuing commitment to working mothers, and we salute them for making the 100 Best for the first time,” said Carol Evans, CEO of Working Mother Media. “Every year we see companies upping the ante, establishing new paradigms for quality of life among their employees and redefining the status quo for workplaces across the country. Among the many worthy entrants, the winners really set the gold standard.”

“I congratulate Covington for helping its working mother employees balance the demands of their work and home lives,” said Suzanne Riss, Editor-in-Chief of Working Mother magazine. “Covington recognizes that outstanding family-friendly programs not only improve employees’ lives but also give the company leverage in its ability to attract and retain top talent.”

Riss continued, “It is also important to realize that it is not enough for companies to have work/life programs; we measure the success of these programs. We track whether employees use them, and whether the programs are getting better each year. Covington has risen to our challenge.”

Profiled in the October issue of Working Mother magazine, Covington is celebrated for creating a work environment that is especially hospitable to all women, including working mothers. In making family-friendly policies, including flextime, childcare and telecommuting, the norm, the 100 Best are creating corporate cultures that encourage the retention and promotion of their female employees.

The firm was also recently ranked seventh nationally in the third edition of Presumed Equal: What America's Top Women Lawyers Really Think About Their Firms. The results are based on a survey of more than 100 law firms measuring training and advancement opportunities, work/life balance policies, mentoring, diversity, and firm culture and leadership.

“We are pleased to be recognized as a Working Mother 100 Best Company,” said Stuart Stock, chair of Covington’s Management Committee. “We recognize the value of work/life programs and their impact on quality of life for our lawyers and staff. We also recognize that there are still more opportunities to grow in this area.”

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