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Here's a novel solution to the ubiquitous work/life balance question.  What if lawyers could take an extended leave of absence from their firms to raise their kids and return, getting right back up to speed?   One ABA Committee is helping to make that  happen, as reported in  Helping Lawyers get back to cases in The New York Times  on Thursday. 

As the article describes, firms have a big investment in lawyers.  They also believe that those who come back will work harder.  One question  -- how to keep those lawyers up to speed to enable them to return?  Linda Hayman, a corporate partner at Skadden came up with an idea with her partner Kayalyn Marafioti:  a pilot project, "Back to Business Law," to provide seminars and informal networking opportunities for lawyers who have left active practice but are still interested in corporate law.  The Web site is online at back to business law.org.

Marafioti concludes:

"We can't have this pool of talent and let it evaporate. We need to nurture them. We don't know if it's the right way or the only way but certainly one means to accomplish our goal."

This new program sounds like it can help lawyers who are also parents achieve the best of all possible worlds:  time off to raise children while keeping up to speed so that they can return to work when they're ready.

Posted by Carolyn Elefant on May 26, 2006 at 02:54 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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