Katie

One Blogger’s Viewpoint: Taking Generous Maternity Leave and Never Coming Back is Theft

My firm, like many top law firms, offers extremely generous maternity benefits of 18 weeks paid leave!  (I say "generous" because it was 6 weeks at my pre-law school employer.) Many associates take advantage of this. A junior associate in the business department of my office recently went out on maternity leave and the rumors in the office were almost immediate that she wasn't going to come back.  When somebody would tell that to me I would ask how the person knew that and they always just said that it was something they "heard" or they "anticipated."  I frequently told people that they…

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Katie

Can you hear the stereotypes when they are verbalized?

Ladies,  I may very well be the most unenlightened feminist you'll ever meet.  Some may think that I am deaf or dumb or both but I have seriously lived the past 15 years or so oblivious to the constant gender stereotyping that occurs in my current chosen profession or my last.  I've always said that I've lived my professional life as a man and I pride myself on a (perhaps naive) view that my professional success has absolutely nothing to do with my gender.  Part of convincing myself of that fact has been married with convincing myself that my colleagues…

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Katie

A Shout Out to Los Angeles and the Amazing Group of Women Lawyers

I would just like to take a minute to draw some attention to a fabulous group of women attorneys in Los Angeles-- The Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles. This is one active group of women and the discussions and events that they host are really awesome.I joined WLALA when I was a law student and they had a formal mentoring relationship with my LA law school. I stayed a member for as long as I lived in LA. (Now, sadly I've moved out of LA so I don't get to take advantage of all of their resources). If you…

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Katie

Practical Tips for Successful Live-in Child Care

Many two-professional families confront the issue of what is the best solution for childcare. There are the options of a live-in nanny, a live-out babysitter, care in somebody else's home setting, childcare centers and, the most coveted "relative care" choices.Personally, I have never had the option of having grandma or auntie take care of the kids so I have had to choose among the other less-desirable options. We've always gone with the live-in option. We choose the live-in option because of the flexibility. When the 6 year old was little he was usually sleeping when I went to work and…

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