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Message to Moms: New Law Is Not A Permanent Career Option – You Need to Own It

September 17, 2015 by Carolyn Elefant
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For the second time in just a month, the media has anointed AltLaw as the savior for  lawyers – particularly women – who want to parent and practice. Back in August, the Harvard Business Journal profiled various “new law” models that gaining traction as alternatives to the big law partnership track. And just today, The […]

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Second to Last First Day

September 1, 2015 by Carolyn Elefant

Today, for the second to last time, I snapped a first-day photo of my younger daughter before she departed for the bus. On this go-round, Mira is a junior, so after next year, my first-day photo snapping will end – and as with my older daughter, I’ll have to rely on a screenshot of Facebook […]

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In Memoriam, My Husband Bruce Israel, 58 Years Old

June 5, 2015 by Carolyn Elefant

Over the years, I’ve pierced this blog’s professional veil to share glimpses of my personal life: my ongoing struggle to balance parenthood and practice, my father’s passing, my daughters’ growing up and my oldest’s departure for college last August. Yet I’ve rarely, if ever, blogged about or even mentioned my husband — which come to […]

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Why Parental Leave Is Not Like Going to a Katy Perry Concert

June 25, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

This post is part of the MyShingle Solos summer series which will run between June 17 and July 3, 2014.  This post is written by MyShingle Guest Blogger Elizabeth Fenton The legal blogosphere was atwitter recently over a memo circulated by a female associate at a Biglaw firm to some colleagues. No surprise, the memo […]

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Andrea McCarren, the Death of the First Amendment and When Our Jobs Collide With Our Kids

February 16, 2012 by Carolyn Elefant

So the big news on my Bethesda Chevy Chase High (BCC) School PTSA Listserve is that local television journalist, Andrea McCarren has withdrawn from coverage of underage drinking in Montgomery County, Maryland following a backlash which included criticism of the reports on the television station’s website and bullying and threats against McCarren’s children attend BCC […]

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Women Lawyers Too Busy Reading People Magazine To Blog, Suggests Crime & Federalism Blogger

February 9, 2011 by Carolyn Elefant

Objectively speaking, there are fewer women than men who blog or contribute to wikipedia or are partners at AmLaw 100 law firms, for whatever that dubious honor is worth besides a huge paycheck. Sure, I’d like to see more women enjoy the same benefits that I have from blogging, but I surely don’t blame men […]

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Whoosh, They’re Gone

June 27, 2010 by Carolyn Elefant

From the moment that my first daughter and then her sister were born, I steeled myself for the day that they would grow up and leave.  Yet their departure came sooner than I imagined:  at 8 am this morning, to be precise, when my husband and I dropped them off at the stop for the […]

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