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WASHINGTON, DC, August 14, 2007 — Working Mother magazine, the authoritative source for career mothers, and Flex-Time Lawyers LLC, a national consulting firm advising attorneys and legal employers on work-life balance and the retention and advancement of women, have named Covington & Burling LLP a 2007 Working Mother & Flex-Time Lawyers Best Law Firm for Women. A new initiative from the leading advocates for work-life balance and women-friendly policies, Best Law Firms for Women honors 50 firms for their commitment to the retention and advancement of female talent. “Since its founding, Working Mother magazine has been the champion of progressive, women-friendly changes in the workplace,” said Carol Evans, CEO, Working Mother Media. “Every year we see substantive advances in companies’ policies across the country, and we are so excited to be able to pair with Flex-Time Lawyers to celebrate change in a field that has historically struggled to support women and their life choices. I commend Covington for taking the lead for women lawyers.” “We are delighted to celebrate Covington for its efforts and successes in retaining and promoting women,” said Deborah Epstein Henry, Founder and President of Flex-Time Lawyers LLC. “We hope its standing on the list of Best Law Firms for Women will further inspire Covington to use the national benchmarking data now available to it through participation in this initiative to improve the status of women in the profession and raise the bar on what makes a best law firm for women,” added Henry.
Profiled in the August/September issue of Working Mother magazine, Covington is honored for creating a work environment that is hospitable to and encouraging of the advancement of women. With innovative programs and policies that help female attorneys achieve balance in their personal and professional lives and thrive as practitioners, Covington is ensuring that women are the future of private law practice. Covington was named in 2006 to Working Mother’s 100 Best Companies list. It 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 very pleased to be recognized as one of the Working Mother magazine and Flex-Time Lawyers Best Law Firms for Women,” said Stuart Stock, chair of Covington’s management committee. “We recognize the critical importance of work/life programs and their impact on quality of life for our lawyers and staff. We also recognize that this is an area where we have to be constantly assessing how we might do even better.”