August 20, 2020 Feature

Work-Life Balance as a Working Lawyer Mom

by Rong T. Kohtz
Many working lawyer moms have found profound personal and professional satisfaction from their dual roles as mom and lawyer.

Many working lawyer moms have found profound personal and professional satisfaction from their dual roles as mom and lawyer.

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Leta Liou, an attorney in New York City, described that when she was a new mom, she constantly wrestled with a nagging “mom guilt” settled in from different angles: “I should be taking more time off to enjoy my baby girl. . . . I should make dinner . . . but I am falling behind on my work. . . . I should respond faster to these e-mails. . . .” In the early 2000s, under the pressure of this excruciating guilt, professional women started returning in droves to domestic life, leaving careers to give birth and raise their children (Neil Gilbert, A Mother’s Work: How Feminism, the Market, and Policy Shape Family Life, Yale University Press, 2008).

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