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LAW FIRMS JUST DON’T UNDERSTAND - Being a working parent before the pandemic was a juggling act. Being a working parent during the pandemic is a juggling act performed with flaming chainsaws, on a tightrope—and there are three shows a day. Firms, for their part, have responded with perks like wellness programming, tutoring services and special bonuses. But, as Law.com’s Dylan Jackson reports, what lawyer-parents really want from their firms is understanding and flexibility, both now and after the pandemic. And the firms that can’t or won’t answer that call run the very real risk of chasing away their next generation. “If you are a great associate and you work hard and you’re dedicated, it is a very small investment for me to make—to give flexibility while they’re young,” said Kristen Riemenschneider, a partner at Arnold & Porter who has three elementary school-age children. “It’s a finite window of time in somebody’s life.”

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