Ballard Spahr and PNC Bank are continuing their shared commitment to advancing diversity in the legal profession with the second year of their 1L Diversity Fellowship Program in Baltimore. The Ballard Spahr/PNC Bank Diversity Fellowship Program provides law students from diverse backgrounds with the opportunity to obtain firsthand experience working in a law firm and with corporate in-house counsel.

“Ballard Spahr places high importance on diversity and inclusion. We’ve found that lawyers with different backgrounds and varied viewpoints bring great insight to the table as we work to create the best solutions for our clients,” said Raymond G. Truitt, Ballard Spahr's Managing Partner, Finance and Operations, and a member of the firm's Management Committee and Diversity and Inclusion Council.

The Ballard Spahr/PNC Bank Fellow will be employed by Ballard Spahr as a 2017 summer associate. The paid fellowship program—which also includes a one-time, $5,000 scholarship from Ballard Spahr—provides a unique opportunity for a student who has completed the first year of law school, known as a 1L, to work with lawyers in the firm’s Baltimore office on a variety of matters and to participate in client meetings.

During the fellowship, PNC will host the student in its Baltimore office for a three-week internship in the Legal Department. In late May, PNC also provided the opportunity for the student to attend the 1L Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Scholars Summit.

“Teaming with Ballard Spahr is a great way to promote our common goals of advancing diversity in our organizations,” said Lisa Stauffer, Senior Counsel at PNC and vice chair of the Legal Department’s Diversity & Inclusion Council. “The fellowship provides an invaluable experience to the students that we hope will better prepare them for career success.”

The Ballard Spahr/PNC Bank Fellowship is one of many Ballard Spahr programs designed to foster diversity and inclusion at the firm and in the legal profession.

“Programs like this one with PNC are very important for Ballard Spahr,” said Virginia G. Essandoh, the firm's Chief Diversity Officer. “They not only expand our recruiting opportunities, but they also contribute to a stronger pipeline of great talent.”

Ballard Spahr’s and PNC Bank’s success depends heavily on the effective utilization of qualified people, regardless of race, ancestry, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, or veteran status. Ballard Spahr and PNC Bank are Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employers.