April 2003  Volume 29, Issue 3
April 2003 Issue
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Sidebar: Balance and Retention
by Joan Williams and Cynthia Thomas Calvert
Part-time programs can be a business asset or a liability. Take this test to learn if your policy's working.

Surveys and Studies

  • ABA Career Satisfaction Survey. 2000.
  • Boston Bar Association Task Force on Work-Life Balance, Facing The Grail: Confronting the Cost of Work-Family Imbalance. June 1999. www.bostonbar.org/workfamilychallenges.htm.
  • Catalyst, Women in Law: Making the Case. 2001. (It discusses one study that found more than 70 percent of both male and female lawyers with children reported work-life conflict.)
  • NALP Foundation for Research and Education, Beyond the Bidding Wars: A Survey of Associate Attrition, Departure Destinations and Workplace Incentives. 2000.
  • NALP, "Part-Time Schedules Remain Widely Available But Rarely Used by Attorneys." November 2000. (According to NALP, only 2.9 percent of lawyers worked part-time in 1999. In 2000, that number had increased slightly to 3.2 percent.)
  • Project for Attorney Retention, Balanced Hours: Effective Part-Time Policies for Washington Law Firms. May 2001. www.pardc.org.
  • Deborah Rhode, Balanced Lives: Changing the Culture of Legal Practice. ABA Commission on Women in the Profession, 2001. www.abanet.org.
  • Women's Bar Association of Massachusetts, More Than Part-Time: The Effect of Reduced-Hours Arrangements on the Retention, Recruitment and Success of Women Attorneys in Law Firms. 2000. http://womenlaw.stanford.edu/mass.rpt.html.