Anyone checked out the blog, But I Do Have a Law Degree?Some of the posts are mom-blog related, but several show why I probably should have never gone to law school if I ever want to procreate. Check out: http://butidohavealawdegree.blogspot.com/2011/04/my-new-endeavor.html
It's not just law, either. Any hard-driving, high-achieving woman is likely to have to make some choices.
This is generally true, but I believe that the law firm industry has done a particularly poor job of changing to accommodate the needs of lawyers who have (or want) families.
To some extent this is a "feature" of the practice of law (it is inherently more difficult for a litigator to work part-time than, say, a dentist), but ultimately I believe that law firms collectively have failed to make a serious effort to truly change.
We remain, at heart, an "old-boys club." By that I mean that there is, in most large firms, a fairly narrow path that leads to "success." Most people at the top made more or less the same life choices. This path is now open to women as well as men, but only if those women make life choices similar to those of their male counterparts.
I believe law firms can do better, both for male and female lawyers - fathers are parents too, and today's fathers are expected to be more involved than our fathers were. Instead we are largely stuck in the mentality that requires firm uber alles.
I am frankly not sure what the answer is, but I cannot help but think that there is room for improvement. We can and should accommodate a broader range of approaches to life.
For folks coming out of law school now, you have to accept and deal with the reality that large/medium-firm practice is very difficult to combine with serious family time.
Quote from: Morten Lund on May 11, 2011, 11:02:16 AMI believe that the law firm industry has done a particularly poor job of changing to accommodate the needs of lawyers who have (or want) families. Why should they? There's no attorney shortage. If a woman or man doesn't want to put up with the demands of biglaw, there are literally thousands of other competent attorneys willing to take their place.
I believe that the law firm industry has done a particularly poor job of changing to accommodate the needs of lawyers who have (or want) families.