Is the Work-Life Balance Tipping in Work’s Favor? (law.com)

February 5, 2009
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Work-life balance discussions, once so prevalent among firm management and young lawyers alike, have been overshadowed by the current economic environment. But have the initiatives been completely relegated to the back burner?

Some say yes. They say the economic recession in which the country now finds itself could be bridging the gap between Generation X and the baby boomers, with both sides focusing more on office time and billable hours.

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But young attorneys are also taking the initiative to manage their schedules. According to associate Julia Swain, who joined Fox Rothschild in 2003 after having her first child, "the firm had a strong commitment to focusing on work-life balance issues before I arrived, and it continues to do so by engaging in open discussions regarding maternity and paternity leave and by permitting flexible schedules to accommodate the needs of its lawyers."

She continued, "The recessionary trend of the economy has not caused any change in policies at my firm relating to hourly demands or in implementing more restrictive part-time schedules."

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© December 2008 The Legal Intelligencer

Julia Swain was quoted in the article, “Work-Life Balance Scale: Tipping In Work’s Favor,” which appeared in The Legal Intelligencer’s Young Lawyers Division supplement on December 11, 2008. The article discusses firms’ work-life initiatives and whether the recession has had an effect of many firms’ policies.

Said Swain, who joined the firm in 2003 after having her first child, "the firm had a strong commitment to focusing on work-life balance issues before I arrived, and it continues to do so by engaging in open discussions regarding maternity and paternity leave and by permitting flexible schedules to accommodate the needs of its lawyers… The recessionary trend of the economy has not caused any change in policies at my firm relating to hourly demands or in implementing more restrictive part-time schedules."

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