Law firms are not known for innovative thinking when it comes to their hiring practices. Top firms typically focus on recruiting graduates from prestigious law schools and wooing laterals from competitors.

So what happens to attorneys who step off the 70-hour-per-week fast track, as many professional women (and a few men) do at some point in their careers, to spend more time with their children or to tend to other family responsibilities? Many lawyers who have opted out may want to get back in as their children grow older or may need to return to work due to a divorce or change in their family’s finances.