NALP Directory of Legal Employers

Directory Year: 2023

Ballard Spahr LLP - Wilmington, Delaware

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 and 2L Diversity Fellowship Programs

Non-discrimination policy

The Firm is committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity for all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, age, national origin, handicap or disability, citizenship, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, transgender status, sex stereotyping, genetic information, ancestry, veteran status or any other category protected by 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 in partnership with clients. Through an application process, we award fellowships to student s to participate in our summer program. The fellowship recipient is eligible to receive up to a $30,000 award in addition to the summer associate program weekly salary.

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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 and administrative staff employees (as relevant) with shared cultural, experiential, or job-related interests, experiences, and/or backgrounds. BRGs support retention through informal mentoring, internal networking, business development support, and recruiting. They regularly invite internal and external speakers to speak on various topics related to personal and professional development. Their goals and activities are carefully planned and linked to the firm’s business goals. The groups are open to Ballard Spahr lawyers and administrative staff employees (as relevant) interested in supporting the firm’s diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives.

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

Ballard Tapestry: Diverse Administrative Professionals Group

Hispanic Business Resource Group