LRC associate Jennifer Cree recently published an article for the July 2023 Young Lawyers issue of the American Bar Association’s Law Practice Today (LPT) on A Different Type of PPP: Post-Pandemic Parenting in the Legal Profession.
Before the COVID-19 pandemic, there was no shortage of information and media discussing the struggles many young lawyers face with respect to finding their path within the legal profession, defining who they want to be as a lawyer, building their personal brand, striving toward professional excellence, planting business development seeds, creating work-life balance, combating imposter syndrome, achieving financial security, and the list goes on. One topic that was not as openly discussed, however, was how becoming a parent—for many, one of the most life-altering events—impacts a young lawyer on a personal and professional basis. Why weren’t we having this conversation?
Jen is the past-Chair of the ABA Young Lawyers Division Parents in Practice Initiative. She was recently a participant in the ABA Parenthood and Child Caregiver Summit, an invitation-only program, presented by the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession, focused on reactions to the preliminary results of a recent survey that addressed issues facing caregivers.
LPT, a monthly online publication of the ABA’s Law Practice Division, is distributed to nearly 500,000 lawyers and law students each month. Current and past issues can be accessed at www.lawpracticetoday.com.