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Ballard Spahr LLP - Denver, Colorado

Diversity & Inclusion

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Diversity Chair

Diversity Chair Prefix Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer
Diversity Chair First Name Virginia
Diversity Chair Last Name Essandoh

Diversity Contact Information

Diversity Contact Prefix Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer
Diversity Contact First Name Virginia
Diversity Contact Last Name Essandoh
Link to your organization's diversity website

Recruitment methods

Which of the following methods do you use to increase the presence and retention of under-represented groups? (Check all that apply) Diversity job fairs
Outreach to law student groups
Formal mentoring efforts
Recruit at schools with large minority populations
Bar-sponsored programs
Firm diversity committee
Recruit at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU)

1L Resume Writing and Interview Skills Workshops; Legal Career Development Pipeline Project; 1L Diversity Fellowship Programs

Non-discrimination policy

The Firm is committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity (“EEO”). It is the policy of Ballard Spahr to provide equal employment opportunity for all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, gender, age, national origin, handicap or disability, citizenship, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, genetic information, ancestry, veteran status or any other category protected by applicable law. This policy covers recruitment, hiring, compensation, benefits, promotion, demotion, layoff, termination, work environment and all other terms and conditions of employment.

Diversity fellowships or scholarships

Does your organization or office sponsor/offer a Diversity Fellowship or Scholarship? Yes
If yes, is the program open to 1L|2L
Please provide a brief description of the program

Ballard Spahr offers Diversity Fellowship opportunities in several office locations each year. Through an application process, we award fellowships to students to participate in our summer program.

For more information, visit

Affinity group information

Does your organization or office have affinity groups? Yes
If yes, please describe your affinity groups below

Our business resource groups comprise lawyers with shared cultural, experiential, or job-related interests, experiences, or backgrounds. Business resource groups support retention through informal mentoring, internal networking, business development support, and the firm’s recruiting. Their goals and activities are carefully planned and linked to the firm’s business goals.

Asian American Business Resource Group (AABRG)

Ballard Women

Black Lawyers Group

Diverse Lawyers Group

Equality Ballard: LGBTQIA+ Colleagues and Allies

Global Cultures Business Resource Group

Work-Life Integration Group