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Most law firms say they allow lawyers to work part time, but only 3 percent take advantage of this option. A group of Georgia lawyers wants to know why. The Georgia Association for Women Lawyers and the Atlanta Bar Association’s Women in the Profession Committee will look for answers through a comprehensive survey of metro Atlanta firms. Lynn M. Adam, an associate at Bondurant, Mixson & Elmore, said law firms will receive the surveys next week. The groups, with the help of an outside research company, will survey 73 firms with 10 or more attorneys in the 12-county metro area. Adam is a member of the executive board of the GAWL and is spearheading the survey with Alston & Bird’s Lisa Vash Herman, a member of the Atlanta Bar’s Women in the Profession Committee. They’ll also survey lawyers who have had part-time experience or have left law firms within the past three years. Adam said the survey’s goal is to determine if part-time lawyers are profitable and why more lawyers don’t take advantage of part-time options. She cited a 2000 National Association for Law Placement survey that found 94.5 percent of more than 1,200 offices surveyed nationally allow part-time schedules, but just 3.2 percent of attorneys work part time. The Atlanta survey team has raised about $9,000 from GAWL, the Georgia Commission on Women, and the Atlanta Bar Association. Adam said the groups plan to publish and distribute the report by the end of the year.

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