August 15, 2011 Articles

Legally Mom: Every Mom Has a Story

Legally Mom is a work of qualitative research on the experience of women practicing law and raising children.

By Anne Murphy Brown

I am in the process of researching and writing a book entitled Legally Mom, which is a work of qualitative research on the experience of women practicing law and raising children. Essentially, I am conducting interviews with women practicing across the country and dealing with a myriad of personal and professional issues, which range from partnership, part-time schedules, billable hours, finding satisfaction at work, finding satisfaction at home, starting a practice, paying law school loans, divorce, and children with special needs. Every mom has a story.

Although I left the practice of law years ago to pursue an academic career, I chose to pursue this research because I felt that the statistics on women in the law, and particularly, mothers working in the law, did not really answer the question why?

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