Date : 12-18-2007
Latham & Watkins Adds to Benefits
Law firm Latham & Watkins recently expanded its parental leave policy. The plan affects both biological and adoptive parents. Caregivers such as birth mothers and adoptive parents (ones who are primary caregivers) will now get 18 weeks instead of 12 weeks to care for their infants. Other primary caregivers, such as biological fathers, will receive 10 weeks. Additionally, according to Law.com, the firm is "launching an option for associates to return on a reduced schedule for six months after their child's arrival without prior approval — and without full-time billable-hour requirements." Although the law firm is not the first to implement such incentives, its actions demonstrate a new phase in flexibility which is being acknowledged by law professionals.
Firm Wins Dallas Business Journal Award
Thanks to its work on a $1.7 billion merger, Dallas firm Haynes and Boone, LLP, was honored by the Dallas Business Journal. The journal's annual M&A Awards honor the biggest financial deals in the city along with the people and the firms who closed the deals. The firm was honored in the "Best Contribution by a Law Firm" category. Its attorneys were also recognized in other areas due to major deal closures. The international corporate law firm has offices around the country as well as one in Moscow and employs more than 480 attorneys.
Firm Goes "Green"
Cincinnati law firm Keating, Muething & Klekamp, PLL, has joined the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). This makes it the first full-service law firm member in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana, according to Law.com. The USGBC is devoted to sustainable design and construction, and the nonprofit organization's mission is to promote buildings that are friendly to the environment, profitable, and healthy. A team at Keating, Muething & Klekamp has been formed to help developers and owners implement green building plans. The law firm has 115 lawyers and was started in 1954.
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