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Jena Valdetero of Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner working from home with her daughters and a close family friend. (Courtesy photo) Jena Valdetero of Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner working from home with her daughters and a close family friend. (Courtesy photo)

A baby’s cry in the background of a conference call or a child barging into a home office in the middle of a video meeting is the new reality for many lawyers. And when it comes to pairing work with raising kids, it’s often mothers who are juggling the most.

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Samantha Stokes

Samantha Stokes, based in New York, is a staff reporter at American Lawyer covering the business of law. You can reach her at sstokes@alm.com or on Twitter: @stokessamanthaj.

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