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No one can accuse Michelle Quist Mumford of being another mealymouthed lawyer. First, she went public about her ordeal as a pregnant associate in Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy’s litigation department in New York. She claims she was treated like a “leper” the moment she announced her pregnancy at the firm ["Cracks in the Ceiling," June]. Now, she’s become a blogger, unleashing her worldview on the Web at msmorality.blogspot.com. Mumford, who quit her third-year associate position at Milbank this April, says she started her site, “Ms. Morality Moral Reflections on Life and Politics from an Attorney-Turned-Homemaker,” because she wants to give encouragement to other women who are stay-at-home moms. “A lot of mothers tend to concentrate [just] on their kids,” she explains, “and lose touch with the world and lose their voice.” To keep herself in the swim of things, Mumford comments on everything from the U.S. Supreme Court — she didn’t care for the high court’s reasoning in recent decisions invalidating Texas sodomy laws, upholding the University of Michigan Law School’s affirmative action policy, and striking down the execution of mentally retarded people to gay marriages (she’s not a fan) to Larry Flynt (again, no fan). And, of course, her site includes a detailed accounting of her unpleasant experience at a certain “large New York firm.” All this public venting may be good for Mumford’s soul, but what will it do for her legal career? Mumford claims she’s not worried. Despite her Milbank experience, she says she intends to go back to practice one day. She admits, though, that her ranting about her former firm and her conservative political views might not endear her to all prospective employers. But she’s undeterred. “My integrity and professionalism are such,” she says, “that my views won’t make a difference in my work.” Good luck.

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