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They just don’t get it

Somewhat tangentially related to my last disappointment in the older but wiser generation's lawyers and their attitudes about young-ish attorneys came this priceless nugget...In consulting with an "expert" about what a symposium on the issue of work-life balance should focus on, the expert's first piece of advice was that our speaker should tell people what work-life balance really is because "it is [his] experience that today's young attorneys don't really know what it is." What? Excuse me? Why don't you just go ahead and tell me what my priorities are or should be while you're at it?[More after the jump]Oh…

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jessie

Does “Having it All” require “Settling”?

Recently a friend alerted me to Lori Gottlieb's article in The Atlantic Monthly advising women in their twenties to "settle" when it comes to finding a mate: Don’t worry about passion or intense connection. Don’t nix a guy based on his annoying habit of yelling “Bravo!” in movie theaters. Overlook his halitosis or abysmal sense of aesthetics. Because if you want to have the infrastructure in place to have a family, settling is the way to go.Well I did not take kindly to this advice. I think Gottlieb's perspective is sexist and harmful-it's directed only to women and promulgates the…

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sintecho

The Green Monster: When Your Significant Other Is a Lawyer

The Washington Post has an interesting article on social psychologist Abraham Tesser's research on "how close friends and intimate partners who are engaged in similar work or activities compare themselves with one another." I can't even count all the couples I knew from law school who met in Torts, dated through Fed Courts, and were married (or engaged) by commencement. Now out in the working world, I see a rather significant number of married or engaged couples who met on the job, which makes sense given how much lawyers work--meeting other lawyers is easier than meeting a non-lawyer, and meeting…

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Anna

Work/life balance essay contest update

Thanks to everybody who entered the Ms. JD essay contest on work/life balance. Many of the essays were fantastic! The submissions are now being judged anonymously by attorneys recruited by the Project for Attorney Retention. The $1,000 winner will be announced by the end of this month.That essay competition has now closed, but if you're looking for another way to pick up some cash, consider applying to work as a law clerk for Ms. JD this summer.

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Anna

Last Chance to Win $1,000 by THIS FRIDAY [Work/Life Essay Contest with No Minimum Essay Length]

If you marked your calendar to write a few words about work/life balance, the clock is ticking... entries to win $1,000 are due this Friday, February 29th. Hey, "leap day" is an extra day in the month anyway, right? Take 10 minutes of it (or a bit more) to try for $1,000. The maximum word count is 1,500--and there's no minimum word count. Ms. JD and the Project for Attorney Retention just want to hear what you have to say.Remember, the contest is open to attorneys as well as students. So all you working moms who post here--you could have…

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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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