A recent Wall Street Journal blog post highlights a unique approach to addressing the challenges that women lawyers may face trying to return to the professional world after taking an extended period of time off from their careers to raise children, pursue other passions, or to address medical issues.
A program called “OnRamp Fellowship,” founded by Boulder, Colorado-based Caren Ulrich Stacy, pairs female attorneys looking for work with a group of participating law firms that offer employment on an essentially one-year trial basis. Of the more over forty women who have participated in the program, more than 85 percent received offers of full-time employment at the end of the trial year.
Ulrich Stacy pointed out one particularly notable success story: a woman who wanted to return to the workforce after taking 17 years off had previously been met with barriers—of the more than 1,000 legal employers to whom she sent her resume, only two responded, both with denials. After participating in the program, she was able to obtain employment. The program is now expanding from law firms to include in-house law departments, including Amazon and Microsoft.
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