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NICOLE BROUSSARD OLOFINLADE

Chuck:

Thanks again for telling it like it is!

I had read the Working Mother article with interest prior to reading your post. I agree with you completely. During the summer between my first and second year of law school, I had realized that working for a traditional law firm was NOT for me. It was late one night, around 2 am when I was desperately looking for some "wiggle room" federal case law the named partner could use to argue before the federal court the following morning. (Desperate means CRYING, from fear, fatigue, and futility!)

Fear, because I didn't want to disappoint my idol and mentor. Futility, because all the case law went against our client, except for one lone case from another federal circuit. Fatigue, because I was working so much I hardly had time for a life outside of work.

Although the partner called me later to thank me and let me know that he had successfully used the research to get a ruling in client's favor. I knew I wanted to have a LIFE!

So, after law school, I worked away from the law for a while -- in the pharmaceutical industry. Guess what I discovered during my successful career as a sales rep then sales trainer. I was in the same boat ... NO LIFE , but instead of BIG LAW it was BIG Pharma. (By the way, Working Mother does a similar list for the best "companies" and BIG PHARMA is very well represented, but has the same problems that you note. Flex time is NOT the answer. (Not for everyone, anyway)

I re-focused my priorities, took a job with less responsibility and more pay! Took time to hold premature babies in neonatal intensive care units, go to church, work out, eat right. Shortly after, I met my husband began a family. Then I studied for, took and thankfully passed the bar. All while pregnent with child #2.

I thought was that if I were a solo, I could do it MY WAY. But the Husband and family are FIRST!

Carolyn Elefant

How did I miss this post? Well said - why should women lawyers beg for scraps when they can run the show?

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