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Most AmLaw 100 firms have professional development programs. But we take it one step further with our Sponsorship Program. Sponsorship gets to the heart of developing all of our talent to its fullest. It's about partners investing their professional capital in the development of our young lawyers. It’s about our young lawyers taking ownership of their careers. We become truly invested in your success—as a lawyer and as a person. We advocate for you. We link our own success to yours.

Our innovative Sponsorship Program is the first law firm initiative of its kind in the country, and some of the nation's leading organizations and media outlets have taken note.

Read more about how the program got its start in Washington Post's article, "Major National Companies Try 'Sponsorship,' As New Hammer to Break Glass Ceiling." Firm chairman Kent A. Gardiner told the Post, "If you enhance the diversity and perspectives and ways of thinking about a problem based on different life experiences, different approaches, you create more opportunity for innovation."

Law360 named Crowell & Moring managing partner Ellen Dwyer to its list of “America’s Most Innovative Managing partners,” for her work to launch the effort.

"The goal of our sponsorship initiative is very simple," Ellen told Law360. "We are about attracting, retaining and promoting the best women and attorneys of color. Sponsorship is not something that a managing partner can do and check a box. We’re going to succeed or fail on the merits of our entire attorney body."

Read more from Ellen's extensive interview here, and learn more through her video.