As the new coronavirus shuts down travel and triggers pleas—and maybe orders—for citizens to stay home, many law firms have shifted to remote work to accommodate both the government’s self-isolation recommendations and clients’ needs.
But for some attorneys, working from home presents a particular challenge: As schools across the nation close to prevent the spread of the highly contagious virus, lawyers who are also parents suddenly have to juggle the demands of practicing law with full-time child care. And, as studies show that child-rearing and household duties fall mostly to women, female attorneys with kids are disproportionately affected when law firms expect the same schedule when working from home, notes Summer Eberhard, managing director of Major, Lindsey & Africa’s Associate Practice Group.
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