Only firm in the Carolinas selected by Working Mother magazine and Flex-Time Lawyers
GREENSBORO, NC — Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP has been named one of the 50 Best Law Firms for Women by Working Mother magazine and Flex-Time Lawyers. The firm, with over 180 attorneys working from six offices throughout the Southeast, was selected based on its continued attention to incorporating family friendly policies, focusing on work-life balance and demonstrating concern for issues impacting women professionals.
"We are thrilled to receive this recognition," says Julie Theall a partner and leader in the firm's labor and employment practice in its Greensboro office. "Smith Moore Leatherwood's philosophy is that one size doesn't necessarily fit all. If we can create a solution to work-life balance issues that is both good for our clients and good for our professionals, it is a win-win. Practicing law is hard work and we don't believe in building artificial barriers that make it harder."
The only firm selected from the Carolinas, nearly 25 percent of Smith Moore Leatherwood's full equity partners are women, many of whom are also parents. The firm encourages its attorneys to think broadly about alternative work arrangements, including flex-time schedules and working from home, and incorporates the work-life balance concept into its set of core values.
Smith Moore Leatherwood's female attorneys also play a key role in the professional development of the firm's future leaders through mentorship and leadership training programs. Among its many endeavors, the firm founded the PINK program (Promoting Inspiration, Networking and Knowledge) as a mentoring and networking forum aimed at inspiring its female attorneys through the sharing of ideas, articles, conference information and legal news and trends.
"The recession has created a shift in the legal industry and now is the time to push through mutually-beneficial, cost-effective reforms that directly benefit work-life balance and allow working moms to succeed both at home and in the court room," says Carol Evans, president of Working Mother Media. "We salute the 2009 Best Law Firms for recognizing that making the legal profession work for women is good business for everyone."
According to Working Mother, the 50 Best Law Firms for Women are leading the charge for change. Based on a national average, the 50 winning firms employ more lawyers who work reduced, family-friendly hours (eight percent versus five percent nationwide), and employ more female equity partners who share in their firm's profits (20 percent versus 16 percent nationwide).
The 2009 Best Law Firms for Women application was developed in partnership between Working Mother and Flex-Time Lawyers. Firms with at least 50 lawyers were eligible for nomination, and the 50 winning firms were selected based on their workforce profile, family-friend benefits and policies, flexibility, leadership, compensation, advancement and retention of women.
The 50 Best Law Firms for Women and their work-life and women-friendly policies are highlighted in the August/September issue of Working Mother and at www.workingmother.com and www.flextimelawyers.com/best.asp.
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