Ballard Spahr Expands Professional Development Group

Saturday, December 1, 2007 - 01:00

Arthur Makadon, chairman of Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP, has announced that the firm has retained Colleen F. Coonelly to direct its expanded Professional Development Department.

The hiring of Ms. Coonelly is part of a significant expansion of Ballard's professional development function. The Professional Development Department's scope reaches across Ballard's many initiatives to attract, retain and develop the highest quality attorneys to sustain the firm's exceptional legal service to its clients. The department spearheads the firm's commitment to professional talent by working in conjunction with the Professional Personnel Committee, the Diversity Committee, the Evaluation and Compensation Committee, the Associates Committee and the Hiring Committees in the firm's various offices.

Ms. Coonelly will oversee firm-wide attorney professional development and training, recruitment, integration, evaluation, professional compliance, retention and alumni outreach for Ballard's eleven offices. Ms. Coonelly's primary mission is to enhance Ballard's long established investment in sophisticated lawyer training and mentoring at both the departmental and office level, and to support the firm's professional personnel initiatives, including initiatives to attract and retain female and diverse attorneys.

Ms. Coonelly was a litigator with Pepper Hamilton, a clinical faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and most recently served as director of litigation training and pro bono at Wolf Block. In 2006 and 2007, she was named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer, a designation given to the top 5% of lawyers in the state as determined by peer nominations and research conducted by Law & Politics.

In the Philadelphia office, Ms. Coonelly will work closely with Bonnie Bell, who will continue her 16 years of professional recruitment and development service at Ballard as the senior project manager with the department.

Kenya S. Mann, partner in the Litigation Department at Ballard Spahr, was selected as a recipient of this year's Assistant Attorney General's Award for Protecting Children Internationally.

This award was given to Ms. Mann to recognize her efforts in the successful prosecution of a man who sexually molested 10 young boys during his travels to Moldova and Romania.

Ms. Mann is a member of Ballard's White Collar Litigation Group. Prior to joining the firm, she was an Assistant U.S. Attorney, Criminal Division, in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.