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Ms. JD and Project on Att’y Retention are sponsoring a $1,000 essay contest on work/life balance

Ms. JD and The Project for Attorney Retention are sponsoring a $1,000 essay contest to answer the question, how do we close the gap between Baby Boomers and Millennials on work/life balance? The maximum length is 1500 words--so that's potentially, like, a dollar a word. (Seriously, I've read emails longer than that.) We hope you'll weigh in, whether you're a Baby Boomer, a Millennial, or somewhere in between. (Go Gen X! --That's my generation.) The entries will be judged by a panel of distinguished attorneys: Joan C. Williams, Cynthia Thomas Calvert, Linda Bray Chanow, Manar Morales, Natalie Hiott-Levine, and Linda…

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More Part Time Lawyers Are Women (duh)

NALP just released some new numbers on part time lawyers (see here for the New York Law Journal writeup). These are some pretty telling stats. Less than 6% of all attorneys work part time, even though 98% of law offices report offering part time options. Not surprisingly, most of those working part time are women (only 5.4% of all attorneys worked part time; close to 13% of women worked part time). New York continues to lag behind other markets in terms of flexibility in work arrangements. This sounds like women are leaving work rather than taking the part time options…

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Flextime Mommies: How Can We Avoid Resentment?

Editor's Note: As part of Ms. JD's 5th Birthday celebration, we'll be looking back at our favorite posts over the years.I was reading this article on the "army of exploitative mummies" (the British way to write mommies) in the Ms. JD Weekly Round-up, and my first reaction was indignation. The article argues that resentment toward flextime workers is justified and that "however good it sounds in theory, in the nasty detail of practice, flexible working all too often imposes a burden on businesses, on standards, on services, on clients and on the economy." Before continuing, it's important to note that…

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Work/Life Balance:  A Student Concern?

Last week I attended an event at my law school presented by a localbar association entitled "Why Lawyers Leave: Creating an Environmentfor Work/Life Balance to Protect Human Capital and Promote Diversity. "Work/life balance expert Deborah Epstein Henry (founder of Flex-TimeLawyers LLC and author of The Cheat Sheet) presented more informationon the "2007 Best Law Firms for Women," her joint project with WorkingMother magazine, which was conveniently featured here on Ms. JD. Shepresented some of the statistics she found while researching for thelist, none of which were all too surprising. She also discussed herlatest article, due out in the next week…

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Childcare = Superwoman’s Big Secret

I stumbled on a great little article about a lawyer mom who is “keep[ing] the scales in balance”, posted on The Chicago Tribune. It’s a nice read except for one glaring omission: any mention of childcare arrangements. The focus of the article is a full-time patent lawyer, Sharon Hwang, who gives credit to her husband, her sister, her parents, and her firm for helping her keep her life balanced. However, the article doesn’t say anything about help of the hired sort. Too often stories about successful women who seem to have it all fail to explain how these women achieve…

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Does Your Partner Hide Behind Your Skirts?

I’ve come to take for granted some of the skills law school gave me: A) an ear for logical arguments, B) an ability to understand terms in contracts, and C) a calm and reasoned way to articulate A and B. So natural have these things become, in fact, that my partner now expects me to deal with any glitches that come up with anything vaguely contract/law-related. I don’t mind, but, as it turns out, other people do. Why? Because they want to “deal with my husband.” We recently moved and, in the process, had a dispute with both our landlord…

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Tiffany Crane

Sometimes life interferes with being the perfect law student. What happens after that?

I walked in, confidently shook Mr. Partner's hand and sat down. He politely tossed my resume aside and said, "What advice can I give you about interviewing with a smaller firm? My firm would never consider you."Loyola University New Orleans has a strong contingent of women lawyers working in Career Services who are particularly attuned to the issues facing female law students as we search for employment opportunities. This was something that I took for granted until my second year of law school when I began to see some of the statistics brought to life in my own quest to…

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Are you willing to bring home the dough while your husband/partner bakes it?

Editor's Note: As part of Ms. JD's 5th Birthday celebration, we'll be looking back at our favorite posts over the years.The New York Times had an interesting article this week about the "hostility" and difficulty many professional women now face "trying to figure out how to balance pride in their accomplishments against their perceived need to bolster the egos of the men they date." Since most firm lawyers start out with three-figure salaries, this phenomenon, assuming you buy it, would likley affect many single women lawyers trying to have a dating life in whatever time they can get away from…

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Is Being a Mother and a Lawyer a Lose-Lose situation?

How could anyone possibly resist this face? I know what you're thinking- what does a cat have to do with a post about mother and a lawyer? Well for me, my pets are often what spawns these thoughts about life balance. When I look at the face of my cats and dogs with their sad eyes and the "please don't leave me" look, I feel riddled with guilt. So what happens if I ever have kids? How will I feel when I have to leave them? Most of the talk on this site has been about how to do it…

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Can Dad Boil the Water?

Leslie Kaufman's article in The New York Times, entitled "Mom Puts Family Back on the Table," left me so confused. Cannabalistic title aside, her solution to the basic work-cook conundrum was baffling. She details how, despite working full time and not getting home until 7:30pm most nights, she is able to put a healthy and varied menu on the table for her family. The solution? Spending her Sunday planning, shopping, and preparing. Also her babysitter pitches in.   I can relate to the desire to sit down with family each night. It was a priority in my house growing up,…

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