Getting ahead can be tough for lawyers who are also mothers, says Jennifer Samara Shuber, partner with Basman Smith LLP in a Lawyers Weekly article in which her firm was inaccurately identified.
The challenge becomes particularly difficult for women who take maternity leave, she says, especially if they are trying to make partner.
“When you come back, it’s not as easy to step right back in,” Samara Shuber says. “The partners say, ‘Who do I give work to, somebody who has been here for five years straight or somebody has been here for three years but was off for a year?’ It’s a fact of being out of the fray for that period of time.”
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