BAL Named Recipient of 2023 Global Leadership Partner Award

Washington D.C. (September 20, 2023) – Cultural Vistas is pleased to announce that BAL has been named the recipient of its 2023 Global Leadership Partner Award for its valuable contributions in building pathways for thousands of young professionals across the globe to participate in professional global skill-building opportunities. This award is the highest honor that Cultural Vistas bestows upon its global network of partners. For more than a decade, BAL has worked with Cultural Vistas on the J-1 Visitor Exchange program to ensure that companies and participants alike are able to navigate complex immigration systems.

“Cultural Vistas is honored to recognize BAL with the Global Leadership Partner Award,” said Jung Ram Lim, Vice President of Global Talent Development Programs. “BAL plays such a critical role in global mobility and their partnership allows us to work with several leading companies in the U.S. to provide valuable professional development experiences for hundreds of international participants each year. Recently, we have also worked closely with BAL to raise public awareness about how to bring more international experts to the U.S. under J-1 visas beyond traditional international intern/trainee programs.”

Lynden Melmed, a partner at BAL who oversees government affairs,  will accept the award on BAL’s behalf. Mr. Melmed has spent his career dedicated to creating more inclusive and equitable experiences in global mobility.

“BAL is proud to use all our legal expertise, networks and talented people to welcome and help immigrants settle into the community,” said Melmed. “My family immigrated to the U.S. when I was a young child and I feel privileged to be able to advise individuals, companies and policy-makers on such an important topic.”

BAL is consistently recognized as top of the field and an innovative law firm. BAL ranks #1 on all of the preeminent industry surveys for DE&I, including #1 Law Firm for Women on the National Law Journal’s Women in Law Scorecard the past four years in a row (2019-2022), #1 on the Diversity Scorecard by The American Lawyer (2020 and 2021), #1 on Law360’s Diversity Snapshot three years running (2020-2022) and  #2 in its size category for gender equity by Law360 in its Glass Ceiling Report (2021 and 2022). They were recently recognized by Inc. Magazine as a 2023 Best Workplace and by Fast Company as an innovative global business services partner.

BAL will be recognized along with 2023 alumni award recipients at the Cultural Vistas Bridge to Access Benefit on November 8th at the magnificent Organization of American States. Learn more about the 2023 Bridge to Access Benefit, purchase tickets, or become a VIP sponsor at: Bridge to Access Benefit 2023

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