As big law firms struggle to retain women lawyers and boost them into leadership roles, they're losing many to contract positions, smaller firms, in-house jobs, government posts and legal aid careers that women lawyers say give them more control over their work and personal lives. For instance, last year Mae O'Malley created Paragon Legal Group, which has 20 lawyers, 90 percent of them women. "We allow them to continue to practice with challenging assignments on a much more flexible basis," O'Malley says.
Women Lawyers Find Their Own Paths as Law Firms Struggle to Keep Them
The National Law Journal
June 25, 2007