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Four Law Firms on Working Mother’s List of 100 Best Companies

Posted Sep 25, 2008 7:54 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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Working Mother Magazine has released its 2008 list of 100 best companies, and it includes four law firms.

They are: Arnold & Porter, Covington & Burling, Katten Muchin Rosenman and Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, the National Law Journal reports. The list was released one month after the magazine listed the top 50 law firms for working mothers.

The magazine noted these benefits provided by the firms:

• Arnold & Porter in Washington, D.C. An on-site child-care center that is open evenings and weekends. Flexible schedules and telecommuting options. A 24-week leave to care for ailing family members. An 18-week maternity leave.

• Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C. An 18-week maternity and adoption leave. Assigned mentors. A Women’s Forum with programs on improving advocacy skills.

• Katten Muchin Rosenman in Chicago. A month’s sabbatical after five years of service. An expanded back-up child-care program. A lunchtime mentoring program. A new Leadership Institute for Women of Color. Private nursing rooms for breastfeeding moms.

• Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman in New York. Major assignments for lawyers with reduced schedules. Flextime and telecommuting. An 18-week maternity leave. Personal leaves of absence for up to five years. Back-up child-care centers. Mentoring and leadership training.

Also making the top 100 list were some companies at the center of the Wall Street crisis: Lehman Brothers, now in bankruptcy; and Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which have been taken over by the government. Heller Ehrman, now considering dissolution, made the magazine’s top 50 list of law firms.

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