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When You’re the Boss, You Don’t Beg For Work Life Balance. You Make It So.

February 14, 2010 by Carolyn Elefant

Like every parent on the planet, I’ve told my daughters more times than I can remember some variation of the following: Yes, you can eat chocolate for dinner or stay up until three am or leave orange peels on the floor or [fill in the blank] when you have your own place and pay your […]

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Happy Double Digits to My Mira

September 15, 2009 by Carolyn Elefant

A decade ago today, I gave birth to my second daughter and as it happened, my last child, Mira Justine Israel.  I remember wondering before she arrived whether I could possibly love her as much as her older sister.  But the second I held Mira in my arms, I discovered, as all parents do, that […]

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The Twenty-First Century Mom Lawyer: A Life Without Seams

May 10, 2009 by Carolyn Elefant

October 21, 1996 marks the day that I qualified to celebrate Mothers’ Day with the birth of my first daughter, Elana.  Exactly a week to the day of my daughter’s birth, I donned the one non-maternity work skirt that still fit me (albeit with the top button open), slipped a boxy red blazer over my […]

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Julie Tower-Pierce: Helping Others Find Alternatives to Full Time Law Practice

January 22, 2009 by Carolyn Elefant

Early six years ago, and not long after Carolyn launched this blog, I sat before a clunky desktop computer with a newborn baby nestled on my lap in an isolated New England town, wondering how I could possibly leave my baby and return to full-time practice.  I spent hours, days on end, surfing the web […]

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Big News (NOT): Starting A Firm Helps Work Life Balance

January 23, 2008 by Carolyn Elefant

Nearly two years ago, I posted here about a panel addressing the issue of gender equality in the legal profession.  Strikingly absent from the panel, however, were solo female lawyers.  A month later, I wondered why we should care whether women reach the top at large firms, given that many voluntarily chose a better option […]

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Who Knew That Women Leaving the Law Would Need to Pay $9000 To Get Back In?

November 5, 2007 by Carolyn Elefant

I knew that many law schools and bar associations were developing programs to help women who’ve left the law re-enter the profession. But have to admit that until I read this New York Times story (hat tip to Lisa Solomon), I had no idea how much these programs cost – as much as $9000. For […]

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It’s Never Too Early To Think About Starting A Business

November 2, 2007 by Carolyn Elefant

Over at Escape from Cubicle Nation, Pam Slim suggests that you bring your kid to your start up day. The point of the Slim’s post is that by showing our children and others what we do, we lay the seeds for potential entrepreneurship. I’ve always adopted Slim’s approach, more by necessity than choice. My daughers […]

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Why Are So Few Women Lawyers Solo?

September 13, 2007 by Carolyn Elefant

Since women lawyers pull their own weight in the genre of solo and small firm blogs (along with me, there are my colleagues and friends, Susan Cartier Liebel and Inspired Solo’s Sheryl Schelin, I was surprised to learn that Few Women Choose to Practice Solo (NLJ 9/13/07). A recent study released by NALP revealed that […]

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Are Women Fighting for Equality At Biglaw Behind the Times?

August 4, 2007 by Carolyn Elefant

I was looking through some of these relatively new books on getting ahead in business and entrepreneurship that Marci Alboher reviewed in her Careers Column for the NY Times. (If you recall, I reviewed Marci’s book, One Person, Multiple Careers back here in February). What struck me about these three books – Anti 9 to […]

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Should We Rescue Biglaw, Part II?

June 19, 2007 by Carolyn Elefant

A while back, I posed the question whether women at large firms have some kind of duty to rescue biglaw and save it from becoming the exclusive domain of white men. Well, here’s an article, Women Leaven which suggests that many women aren’t doing that. Instead, they’re leaving law firms in droves for greener pastures, […]

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