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Anna

Lawyers with Depression [Clippings]

The website Lawyers With Depression is six months old this February. Started by Dan Lukasik, a partner at Cantor Lukasik Dolce & Panepinto in Buffalo, New York. Last month he told the ABA Journal, "I felt like most lawyers think--'I can deal with it by myself.' But it got to the point where I really couldn’t."One of every five lawyers (20%) are suffering from depression at any given time. That's three times the rate of depression among the general U.S. population (6.7%). Perhaps not surprisingly, a recent survey of Oregon attorneys found that the same portion (20%, or 1 in…

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Anna

‘“Would I be more employable with a baby on my knee?” [Clippings]

Over at her think like a woman. act like a man. blog, Anastasia wonders, "Would I be more employable with a baby on my knee?" I'm a little slow posting the link, but we spend so much time talking about motherhood here at Ms. JD that I wanted to make sure to mention it. You see, Ana doesn't want to get married, or find a life-partner, or have a child.I am always happier when I am uncoupled. There is no great career aspiration that supersedes a biological drive. Break-ups from long relationships always bring a joyous sense of relief for…

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Anna

Children’s Books Featuring Working Moms and Families Who Juggle [Clippings]

Looking for role models more modern than Disney princesses? Sara Schaefer Munoz over at the Juggle Blog asked readers, "Where are the Working Parents in Children’s Literature?" Responses suggest and describe a number of children's books and DVDs. The Ramona series by Beverly Cleary (featuring two working parents) is one of my favorites, especially Ramona and Her Mother.

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Anna

Legal recruiter answers the question: will taking maternity leave in my first few years as an associate derail my career?

Ann Israel, a New York legal recruiter with nearly 30 years' experience, answers the question: "Will taking maternity leave in my first couple of years as an associate derail my career permanently?" Her unspoken answer seems to be "yes," although she offers tips to mitigate the problem. Part of me wishes she'd come out and say it--we need frank advice, so we can work around obstacles and eventually get into positions to improve the system. When I was asked to speak to some undergraduates at a "women in leadership" conference a few months back, my panel got the same question…

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Anna

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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Manamana

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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lawblogger

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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bethb

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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Peg

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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sintecho

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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