Barley Snyder is committed to the principles of diversity and inclusion. We believe the recruitment and retention of a diverse workforce is vital to the growth of our business and to understanding and serving a diverse client base.
Barley Snyder has invested in our goal of diversity and inclusion in many ways, including:
- Active participation in the regional Capital Area Managing Partners Diversity Initiative Internship Program, including the hiring and mentoring of a first year minority law student;
- Participation in the York and Lancaster County Bar Association's Diversity Committee and the York County Bar Association's Street Law Program;
- York College Community Opportunity Scholarship Program;
- Participation in the annual Lancaster Chamber of Commerce Diversity Day where we have presented on issues related to diversity in the workplace; and
- Active participation in the local communities we serve through public service.
Barley Snyder currently has fifteen female attorneys on our professional staff, eight of whom are partners. In addition, we currently employ three minority attorneys. This diverse group of professionals practices in most specialty areas offered by the firm. In addition, our Employment Law Group has two attorneys who are fluent in Spanish as well as one who is proficient in French. The Group has been able to use this expertise to review and translate employment policies, and has conducted various types of employment training on behalf of employer clients geared specifically to Hispanic employees.
Barley Snyder is also a demonstrated leader in our commitment to the advancement of women and minorities within the firm. The leaders of five of our practice groups are women, one of whom is a minority. We have also integrated women and minorities into other key leadership roles to include the Compensation Committee, the Associates Committee, the Paralegal Committee and the Finance Committee. In addition, two of our key administrative staff are women.
Barley Snyder also promotes work/life balance through its Family Leave Policy, which allows both mothers and fathers to take up to six months of leave for the birth or adoption of a child and to work a part-time arrangement in the first year following the birth or adoption of a child. In addition, we have facilitated regular part-time arrangements with our attorneys, paralegals and staff who require a more flexible work schedule due to child rearing responsibilities.
Barley Snyder's attorneys are also actively involved in public service. Our commitment to public service is reflected in our partnership criteria which counts such service as an important component to admission to partnership with the firm. In addition, our attorneys have been active in several key pro bono efforts within the region.