Corbett’s Office of General Counsel Receives Prestigious Bar Association Award
for Advancement of Women Attorneys in Pennsylvania
received for recruitment, promotion, retention of women attorneys; Employment
levels well above Pennsylvania Bar Association average
Harrisburg – Governor Corbett’s Office of
General Counsel (OGC) was named to the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s 2014
Honor Roll of Legal Organizations Welcoming Women Professionals during the
association’s annual meeting held this week at the Hershey Lodge.
Governor’s office is honored to receive this award,” General Counsel Jim
Schultz said. “Our goal is to bring the highest quality attorneys into public
service and I’m delighted this has resulted in a high recruitment, retention
and promotion of women in our office and in the legal profession.”
received the award for being at the forefront of employing women attorneys in
both leadership roles and overall staff complement. Fifty three percent
of the attorneys in OGC’s main office that directly serve the Governor and his
cabinet are women, 40 percent of the Chief Counsel positions in executive
agencies under the Governor’s jurisdiction are women, and 46 percent of the 470
staff attorneys throughout executive and independent departments and agencies
of the Commonwealth are women. These numbers are all significantly higher than
the 31 percent of women in the Pennsylvania Bar.
to Lisa Benzie, co-chair of the Pennsylvania Bar Association Commission on
Women, the award recognizes OGC for its recruitment of women, support programs,
flexible scheduling, pay equity and pro bono opportunities. Benzie also noted
that the Honor Roll recognizes firms and legal offices providing innovative
solutions that enable women lawyers to continue and advance in their careers
including flexible work schedules, backup child care and networking events.
Office of General Counsel is one of the largest legal enterprises in
Pennsylvania, whose attorneys represent Governor Corbett, members of the Cabinet
and 34 executive and independent agencies that manage the business of the
Commonwealth. OGC attorneys appear in every state court, federal court
and administrative forum in the Commonwealth, while providing counsel on legal
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