Tips for Balancing a Legal Career and First-Time Motherhood

Christine Spinella Davis
Maintaining a legal career and being a mom is a delicate balancing act, but it can be done with a little planning and assistance.

Maintaining a legal career and being a mom is a delicate balancing act, but it can be done with a little planning and assistance.

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Having a baby is a life-altering event that brings great joy and great challenges, and the challenges can be even greater for a mom who also maintains a legal career. As a full-time litigator who is also the mother of an 18-month-old girl, this past year and a half have taught me that while it is not easy, it is possible to have a rewarding legal career while being a good mom to a little one.  I have learned what works for me to maintain that fine balance between life at home and at work, at least in the early years.  I am writing this piece to pass on what I have learned with the hopes that it can help, even in some small way, other women attorneys who are already moms or future moms.  Here are some of the lessons I’ve learned.

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