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Dear LiL: What if I don’t want to go back to the office after COVID-19? Signed ~ Happy at Home

Dear Happy at Home: I love this question! It is so relevant to each of us working remotely and feeling guilty about how much we enjoy working without a commute and all the distractions of the office. It also follows my reading an excellent article in the NY Times on this very issue. In my view, this ask of your law firm is a balancing act. After COVID-19 I expect law firms and other employers will be more open to such a request as long as you can show how this will benefit you and your relationship with your clients and other members of the firm. For example, if you can show how this arrangement will improve productivity (imagine the extra time you have to work when not travelling to and from the office) and save the travel costs and…

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Dear LiL: Do you ever get to a place of professional satisfaction or will I always be chasing something just out of reach?

Dear What’s it All About: This is a question that most of us ask ourselves daily, am I here yet? As I get older I realize the only place I can live in is the present and each day I have to find a way to like where I am at. This doesn’t mean I don’t plan for the future or take lessons from the past it simply means I need to accept where I am at today otherwise I will never be satisfied.

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Dear LiL: I know women in the workforce still fall behind men in terms of equal pay and opportunity but with all the focus on diversity and inclusivity through initiatives such as the Justicia Project is it still true for the practice of law? Signed ~ Are we catching up

Dear Are We Catching Up: This question is such an important one for women in the practice of law. While I think we have done a pretty good job over the last 10 years or so to bring attention to the need for equality, we are far from finished with this issue.  Recently I came across Dylan Jackson’s “Women, Minority and LGBTQ+ Attorneys Still Struggle to Rise Within Law Firms” article which cited the 2019 Inclusion Blueprint, a collaborative study by legal diversity organizations Diversity Lab and ChIPs.

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Dear LiL: Some days I need to be in two places at the same time. Do you have any tips on how to make this happen? Signed ~ What’s the Trick

Dear What’s The Trick: Planning is the key to accomplishing this goal. At the end of each week I review the next week. I look at each appointment and try to determine if there are going to be any conflicts and how I might walk the fine line to meet all my obligations including; family obligations, my client meetings, marketing events, firm administration and of course gym time. All are important priorities but some weeks, before the week even begins, I know I am in trouble. So I plan!

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Dear LiL – I just found out I am pregnant. Any suggestions on how to announce the news to my firm or general tips on navigating my new lawyer/mom role? Signed ~ Mom to be

Dear Mom to be: I took my maternity leave about four and a half years ago following the birth of my son. I was a senior associate at the time, on the partnership track. I will share here some of the things I think helped me navigate this time in my life. As I write this, I am acutely aware of the fact that there are few things in life more hotly debated than mothering – how we do it, how much of it we do, what we sacrifice in turn, and where our career fits into the picture.

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