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WASHINGTON, DC, August 12 , 2008 — For the second consecutive year, Working Mother magazine, the authoritative source for career mothers, and Flex-Time Lawyers LLC, a national consulting firm advising lawyers and legal employers on work/life balance, have named Covington & Burling LLP a Working Mother & Flex-Time Lawyers Best Law Firm for Women. In order to effect change, the two organizations have joined forces to recognize 50 firms that have redefined the standards of success by creating a workplace that encourages the retention and advancement of women.
“Today nearly half of law school graduates are women. Law firms need to make a fundamental shift in their policies by instituting female and family-friendly benefits as Covington & Burling has done,” said Carol Evans, CEO, Working Mother Media. “We hope that by recognizing Covington, who has already moved the needle, a paradigm shift will follow.”
“We hope other law firms will take notice of Covington’s commitment to change and competition will drive more creative ways to enhance work/life balance and improve the status of women in the profession,” said Deborah Epstein Henry, Founder and President, Flex-Time Lawyers LLC.
Covington is profiled in the August/September issue of Working Mother and at www.workingmother.com and www.flextimelawyers.com. Covington will be honored at a luncheon at the Mandarin Oriental in New York on September 15. That morning, Working Mother and Flex-Time Lawyers will hold a forum to report for the first time the findings of their national research on the trends and share best practices of work/life balance and women in the legal profession.
“We are honored to be recognized again as one of the Best Law Firms for Women,” said Timothy Hester, chair of Covington’s management committee. “We recognize the importance of work/life programs and strive to support our lawyers not only in their professional development, but also in their efforts to balance the demands of their jobs with their outside interests and responsibilities.”
Covington was named in both 2006 and 2007 to Working Mother’s 100 Best Companies list. The firm was also named one of the Top Ten Family-Friendly Firms by Yale Law Women. The rankings were based on a number of factors, including maternity/paternity leave, emergency and on-site child care, alternative work arrangements and the ratio of women partners and associates.