There is an enormous resource of talented, high-end lawyers who left lucrative positions at he best firms in the United States to raise children. Over the
years, there has been much debate about
the trajectory of a woman’s career in law
as it relates to having a family. Traditionally—as unfair and outdated as it is—the
questions female attorneys considering
motherhood ask themselves have been:
Should I have children now? Should I
wait until becoming a partner? Will children hurt my career opportunities?
Popular culture, for all its generalizations and inaccuracies, has accurately documented, if not supported, this
dilemma. After all, Miranda Hobbs, a
prominent corporate attorney in New
York on HBO’s series “Sex in the City,”
ultimately had to quit her partnership to
raise her son. Or consider “How to Get
Away with Murder’s” Analise Keaton,
who, because of her private criminal
defense practice, could never make time
to have children. If art imitates life, then
one thing is certain: historically, motherhood and the law don’t go together.
By Geoffrey R. Morgan
Can boutique law
firms help keep
working mothers in
the legal profession?