Barley Snyder is committed to the principles of diversity and inclusion, and is dedicated to shaping the firm to mirror the diverse client and population bases it serves.

Barley Snyder has invested in our goal of diversity and inclusion in many ways:

  • York College Community Opportunity Scholarship Program
  • Participation in the former Lancaster Chamber of Commerce Diversity Day event where we have presented on issues related to diversity in the workplace
  • Participation at the Philadelphia Area Diversity Job Fair
  • Active participation in the local communities we serve through public service
  • We offer an internal "Women Connecting Women" group for female attorneys that meets to discuss community engagement, leadership opportunities and workplace confidence. 

There are currently 27 female attorneys on our professional staff, eight of whom are partners. We currently employ five minority attorneys, and many of our attorneys are fluent in foreign languages such as Spanish, French and Italian. The firm has been able to use those skills to review and translate employment policies, and has conducted various types of employment training on behalf of employer clients geared specifically to Hispanic employees.

Our diverse base of attorneys also are part of the strong leadership at the firm, as leaders of five of our practice and industry groups are women. We have also integrated women and minorities into other key leadership roles, and five 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 and are in leadership roles at many organizations that promote and foster diversity such as various United Way chapters, the York Jewish Community Center, Advoz, Church World Services and more. 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, and that commitment has led the firm to many pro bono efforts throughout our footprint. In 1993, one of the biggest immigration pro bono efforts ever launched in the United States – the national headline-grabbing “Golden Venture” case – had its beginnings at Barley Snyder.

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