Working Parents Are Not Okay Right Now. How To Balance The Strain Of A Legal Career With Everything Else.

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Everyone knows that the legal profession has to deal with the issue of mental health — the field is high stress and time intensive which just causes a whole host of problems. Then if you add being a working parent into the mix, you’re talking about a stress multiplier. Oh, and did we mention there’s also a global pandemic going on? It’s enough to make to pull out your hair.

In this week’s episode of The Jabot podcast, I speak with Summer Eberhard, managing director in the Associate Practice Group at Major, Lindsey & Africa. Summer is a working mother who advises young lawyers on negotiating their parental leave. We discuss some of the issues facing working parents in the legal industry and what can be done about them. We also chat about the mental health strain living in quarantine — Summer lives in Seattle where they’re quite familiar with social distancing — puts on working parents.

The Jabot podcast is an offshoot of the Above the Law brand focused on the challenges women, people of color, LGBTQIA, and other diverse populations face in the legal industry. Our name comes from none other than the Notorious Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the jabot (decorative collar) she wears when delivering dissents from the bench. It’s a reminder that even when we aren’t winning, we’re still a powerful force to be reckoned with.

Happy listening!

headshotKathryn Rubino is a Senior Editor at Above the Law, and host of The Jabot podcast. AtL tipsters are the best, so please connect with her. Feel free to email her with any tips, questions, or comments and follow her on Twitter (@Kathryn1).

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