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Posted on: Feb 20, 2020

By Susan E. Farley for The Bencher

Undeniably, women have made great inroads into the private practice of law during my 35-year career. Yet, I believe working full time while simultaneously raising children remains a challenging hurdle to overcome.

Having no mother-at-law role models, I had to find my own way through trial and error. There were many firsts. Indeed, of the three firms at which I had the pleasure to work, none had a maternity leave policy when I arrived. Fortunately, there were plenty of wonderful dads helping to clear the path for me and others. Yet, it is unrealistic to ignore the unique challenges of working moms. Looking back, I can identify a dozen things I learned along the way that contributed to my ability to maneuver through the ever-changing minefield toward a successful legal practice while being a mother-at-law.

My suggestions are set forth here, and I invite you to use them as your preliminary road map, if helpful, to move you toward your goal.

© 2020 SUSAN E. FARLEY, ESQ. This article, used with permission from the American Inns of Court and the author, was originally published in the January/February 2020 issue of The Bencher, a bi-monthly publication of the American Inns of Court. This article, in full or in part, may not be copied, reprinted, distributed, or stored electronically in any form without the written consent of the American Inns of Court.

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