September 01, 2012

Opting Out of Law Practice and Opting Back In

M. L. Sam Ruckwardt

In the past decade there has been an increasing focus on the number of professionals who “opt out” of their careers for various reasons. This was first publicly addressed in an article for the New York Times entitled “The Opt-Out Revolution” (October 26, 2003), in which journalist Lisa Belkin suggested that women were making an empowered choice to “opt out” of their careers. Although this New York Times piece focused on mothers exiting their careers, this is not an exclusively female, or an exclusively parental, choice.

 

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