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When I first began my legal career at Jenner & Block, my impression of the supportive environment it provided to working parents was garnered from the outside looking in. I saw how my colleagues were able to take extended leave and create work schedules that fit their individual needs to balance being a lawyer and being a parent. A few years later, I got to experience this support first hand as my husband and I anticipated the birth of our daughter. When a complication during my pregnancy required reduced time in the office, I was easily able to transition to working part of the time from home with the full support of the firm. And after the arrival of our baby girl, Jenner’s generous leave policy enabled me to spend an extended period of time at home with our daughter, permitting me to decide for myself when I was ready to return to work. As I return to work, I do so knowing that I have the support of my colleagues – support that will enable me to find the balance I need to combine a successful legal career with quality time with my family. I feel very fortunate that I can embark on this journey with such a supportive team of colleagues.
My wife recently gave birth to our first child, and the firm has been thoroughly supportive of my efforts to spend time with my family. Not only did Jenner & Block provide me generous leave immediately after our child was born, but, perhaps more importantly, my colleagues went out of their way to ensure that my cases were covered so that I did not even have to think about work during those first weeks at home with our child. It is hard to imagine a workplace more supportive of a new parent than Jenner & Block has been of me.
“At Jenner & Block, I have been able to combine a complex litigation practice while being the mother of a toddler, with the full support of my colleagues first and foremost as a lawyer, but also as a person. I have chosen a reduced-hours billable requirement since my son was born. The ability to make that choice has greatly facilitated dealing with the pressures of practicing law at a place like Jenner & Block, on the one hand and the demands of parenting on the other. Fundamentally, I feel a shared commitment at the Firm to the notion that each of us has a personal life that should be respected, whether or not parenting is involved.”
"I came to Jenner and Block in part because I wanted to work with a group of dynamic women who could serve as role models. From the moment I told my colleagues that I was expecting my first baby, I received nothing but encouragement to think creatively and with an open mind about what role my work would play in my new life as a mom. I received excellent advice and support in transitioning my workload in preparation for my maternity leave. When medical exigencies required that I work from home and eventually cease work long before I expected to, my colleagues at Jenner took on my remaining tasks without a hint of hesitation. With many sources of anxiety at the time, I really appreciated not having to worry a whit about whether the work would get done or how it would get done. Throughout my maternity leave, I have remained a part of the Jenner community as I prepare to return to work later this summer on a reduced hours schedule. And when I do, I look forward to joining a fantastic community of working moms from whom I have much more to learn."