21 August 2009 – Mayer Brown, a leading global law firm, has been recognized as one of the 2009 Top Ten Family Friendly Firms by Yale Law Women (YLW), Yale Law School’s student organization devoted to promoting the interests of women in law school and the legal profession.

“The Top Ten List, and any discussion of family friendly policies, is even more salient in this recession than in previous years,” said Yale Law Women Chair, Noorain Kahn.  “We hope firms will take advantage of the current market shirt to create new opportunities for flexible work arrangements and work-life balance.”

“We are very proud to once again be included in Yale Law Women’s Top Ten List,” said Mayer Brown Chairman Bert Krueger.  “Mayer Brown is committed to offering innovative programs and policies aimed at providing a workplace where our employees can achieve balance in both their personal and professional lives.”

In recognition of the demands of balancing work and family, Mayer Brown has implemented programs for part-time work opportunities and back-up child care service.  Mayer Brown recently increased paid maternity and parental leave for new and adoptive parents to 18 weeks for lawyers working in our US offices.  In addition, Mayer Brown offers a coaching program to provide support to new parents returning to work from maternity, paternity, and adoption leave who are facing the challenges of integrating the demands of work and family life.  The firm also offers up to six weeks paid leave for lawyers who need time to serve as a primary caregiver for elderly family members.

“These key initiatives are vital to ensuring that our practitioners can thrive both at work and in their home life,” said Mary Richardson-Lowry, Chair of Mayer Brown’s Committee on Diversity and Inclusion.  “The firm is constantly evaluating these programs and looking for new and innovative ways to adapt to the changing needs of our clients and attorneys.”

YLW surveyed firms listed in the 2008 Vault Top 100 Law Firms list.  All data collected reflect statistics from the 2008 calendar year and include firm-wide data, a change from last year's survey.  Categories of survey questions included percentage of female attorneys in various categories, access to and use of parental leave, emergency and on-site child care, part-time and flex-time work policies, usage of part-time and flex-time policies, billable hours and compensation practices, and alternative career programs.