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WASHINGTON, DC, October 1, 2013 — Covington & Burling and the Women in Law Empowerment Forum are hosting a forum on what the legal industry’s leaders can do to improve the path to success for female lawyers. The event, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 3 at Covington’s Washington, D.C. office, will feature a panel discussion on ways to develop mentoring and sponsoring relationships across gender lines; foster opportunities for women to build business; and champion women to become leaders in their firms. The panel discussion will be moderated by Jane Sullivan Roberts, partner of Major, Lindsey & Africa. Speakers include Timothy Hester, chair of Covington’s management committee; Claudette M. Christian, former co-chair of Global Board, Hogan Lovells; Mike McNamara, U.S. managing partner of Dentons; and Thomas H. Milch, chair of Arnold & Porter LLP. “Diversity is important to us. We see the differences among us as an asset and a source of strength for our clients,” Mr. Hester said. “We believe that excellence in the practice of law knows no gender boundary or any other kind of boundary.” WILEF is a forum dedicated to the advancement of women attorneys in the private sector. Litigation partners Sarah Wilson and Tammy Albarrán serve as the firm’s representatives on the national advisory board. For three consecutive years, Covington has received the organization’s Gold Standard Certification, which is given to firms where women represent 20 percent or more of a firm’s equity partners, 25 percent of practice group or other leaders, and at least 10 percent of the top half of the most highly compensated partners.