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Front Page - Friday, June 15, 2018

Baker Donelson named a finalist for Women in Law Awards

Baker Donelson has been named one of six finalists for the Outstanding Firm in Advancing Gender Diversity and Inclusion Award by the Chambers Women in Law Awards: USA 2018.

This award recognizes a firm’s efforts to promote a working environment that cultivates a diverse workforce, driving the firm forward with its diversity and inclusion programs.

The Chambers Women in Law Awards are designed to recognize companies that have achieved dramatic improvements in gender equality, women’s advancement and inclusion in the legal profession.

Through its Women’s Initiative, Baker Donelson has implemented numerous initiatives designed to create an environment where female attorneys thrive, including an industry-leading parental leave policy, a firm-wide mentoring program for women, a program that awards business development grants to women attorneys and a training program designed to help women attorneys achieve equity shareholder status.

Women serve in key leadership roles across the firm. Currently, women serve as president and COO, on the board of directors, as office managing shareholders, as department chairs and as practice group leaders.

This year’s class of new shareholders at the firm was comprised of more than 50 percent women, making it the fourth consecutive year women have made up nearly or more than half of the firm’s newly elected shareholders.

Additionally, nearly half of the new shareholders, including men and women, have taken advantage of Baker Donelson’s parental leave policy during their time at the firm.

Christy Tosh Crider, chair of Baker Donelson’s Women’s Initiative, says, “I could not be prouder of Baker Donelson and its Women’s Initiative leadership team. They are creative, tenacious and results-oriented.”

The finalists will be recognized and winners announced at a ceremony on June 21 at The Yale Club of New York City.

Source: Baker Donelson