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Parental Leave in the Legal Field: Managing Employee and Employer Expectations

Megan Mason, David Pardo, Alesia Rico Flores, HODA M S RIFAI-BASHJAWISH, and Lauren Barnes

Considering the recent circulating text message from a partner at a law firm to an associate returning from maternity leave who decided to laterally move to a different firm, it is a realization that has struck many that there is a disconnect between employer and employee expectations for new parents with regards to parental leave (both maternity and paternity leave). To bridge that gap were are by bringing together employers (firm/company HR and senior partners) and employees (associates/new parents) to discuss expectations, how to manage to expectations, and addressing conflicts with supervisors and colleagues.

Note: The content of this program does not meet requirements for continuing legal education (CLE) accreditation. You will not receive CLE credit for participating.


  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Team and Parents in Practice Project

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