For attorneys who take a break from law, rejoining the workforce can be a hard slog. Firms often don't see them as committed, aren't sure where to put them and are afraid their expertise is rusty. Now the ABA, a law school and two Skadden Arps partners are starting projects to update nonpracticing attorneys on legal matters and smooth their return. Law firms also stand to benefit, according to Hastings professor Joan Williams, who notes that firms are "driving up expenses by driving out valuable workers."
Lawyers Who Take Time Off Face Tough Return
September 22, 2006
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