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Directory Year: 2023

Ballard Spahr LLP - Sioux Falls, South Dakota

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Firm Policies

Please describe your firm's policies for summer associates, associates, and/or other non-partner lawyers regarding employment disputes and workplace misconduct

The firm’s workplace conduct and anti-harassment policies provide guidance on the reporting structure for an individual to report any concerns of workplace misconduct. All employees, including summer interns and lawyers, are provided with these policies at time of hire as part of the Lawyer Policy Manual and they are also available on the Firm’s intranet.  

Please describe specifically your firm's policies surrounding non-disclosure agreements as they apply to summer associates, associates, and/or other non-partner lawyers

All employees, including summer interns and lawyers, receive the Firm’s policy on Confidentiality at the time of hire as part of the Lawyer Policy  Manual and it is also available on the Firm’s intranet.

Please describe specifically your firm's policies surrounding mandatory arbitration agreements as they apply to summer associates, associates, and/or other non-partner lawyers

We do not have a mandatory arbitration agreement policy.

Please describe any well-being initiatives or programs at your firm

Ballard Spahr recognizes that its people are its greatest asset and that individual health is a key component of workplace excellence. 

We launched a successful firmwide wellness program -- Being Well @ Ballard -- in the beginning of 2019. The program is run by the firm's Wellness Committee, and it was created to identify opportunities to empower lawyers and staff to be proactive about wellbeing.  The program provides health information (both written and through live presentations) and environmental and social support to promote healthy lifestyles. 

A few highlights of our wellness program from the past year include:

- We launched an 8 week walking challenge with Walker Tracker.

- Hosted Mental Health First Aid Leadership Workshop for firm management.

- We signed the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Well-Being Pledge, an important step towards raising awareness, reducing problematic substance use and mental health issues and helping our lawyers to thrive in all aspects of their personal and professional lives. We are focused on the ABA’s 6 dimensions of wellbeing as follows:

               Physical – Healthy Lifestyle, Help-seeking when needed

               Emotional – Manage Emotions and Protect Mental Health

               Intellectual – Learn, Pursue Challenge, Keep Developing

               Spiritual – Meaning and purpose

               Social – Connection, Belonging, Contributing

               Occupational – Satisfaction, Growth, Financial Stability

- We host quarterly firmwide lunch & learns, which have included:

  • Establishing a Healthy Lifestyle
  • Mental Health Awareness
  • Walking For Wellness
  • Reshaping Habits for Productivity & Wellness
  • Author and Lawyer Lisa Smith: A Story of Addiction and Recovery
  • Let's Talk Therapy Panel

Alumni Relations

Does your organization have a formal alumni program? Yes
Does your organization have a dedicated alumni relations staff? No
What benefits are available to your organization's attorney alumni? (check all that apply) Alumni website or portal|Alumni directory|CLE/Professional development training|Community service activities|Diversity & Inclusion programs/events|Industry/practice area focused programs|Networking/social events
Comments on Alumni Relations and Programs

Ballard Spahr is proud to connect with firm alumni from our 15 office locations through a variety of events and programming.