Staying at Home, Staying in the Law: A Guide to Remaining Active in the Legal Profession While Pursuing Your Dreams
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Staying at Home, Staying in the Law: A Guide to Remaining Active in the Legal Profession While Pursuing Your Dreams

Staying at Home, Staying in the Law: A Guide to Remaining Active in the Legal Profession While Pursuing Your Dreams
Product Code: 1620389
Author: Julie Tower-Pierce
Publication Date: July 25, 2008
ISBN: 978-1-59031-952-9
Page Count: 200
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Topics: Career Development, General Practice, Law Practice Management, Management / Organizational Skills
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About the Book

Many leave the legal profession on a temporary basis, because of illness, to raise a child, or simply pursue other interests. But does leaving the profession mean saying goodbye to your career? Julie Tower-Pierce challenges the traditional view of the legal profession as "either you're in or you're out", and explains how to "stay-at-home" while keeping your foot in the door of legal practice.

This book will show you the "gray" areas that exist for practicing law while still remaining committed to your primary interest. It's written to serve as a practical and comprehensive desk companion for lawyers looking to pursue dreams, passions, or interests which are separate and independent from the practice of law, but without giving up the law. It's a book about the value of investing in yourself and multifaceted rewards of that investment.

Through tips, resources, and experiences shared by dozens of attorneys, this book offers advice on everything from devising your transition plan and redefining your success, to staying active, and making money from home. Alternative full-time and part-time careers are discussed, including freelance writing, pro-bono opportunities, telework, and compressed workweek options. Other options discussed include, job share, contract work, government work, non-profit work and academia. Finally, the book discusses how to transition smoothly back into the law, if you want to, and provides a helpful list of resources on the subject.

What Others are Saying

"A terrific guide for women and men thinking of exiting or re-entering the legal field. Filled with lots of practical advice in an easy-to-use format, I wish it had been available when I was going through the process."
-- Amy Goodman, partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, formerly work-at-home legal editor and lawyer at the Securities and Exchange Commission

"An excellent how-to guide with practical advice for any lawyer thinking about making a career transition. Whether you're looking for part-time work, starting your own practice, getting back to full-time work, or leaving the law entirely, this book is full of helpful tips. Julie Tower-Pierce has written an informative and inspirational book."
-- Yolanda Wu, Author, A Better Balance

"An outstanding, informative resource. A survival guide for women (and men) who choose to "step away" from traditional, full-time law practice -- while staying connected to the law. Julie Tower-Pierce is a successful role model for what she advocates: keeping a foot in the law door."
-- Professor Jacquelyn Slotkin, California Western School of Law, co-author and co-editor of It's Harder in Heels: Essays by Women Lawyers Achieving Work-Life Balance

"Clearly and simply written, Staying at Home, Staying in the Law offers concrete solutions to the problems that we as lawyers and moms (or dads) face when transitioning to something other than the full time practice of law, including managing finances, maintaining marketability, and re-entering the practice. This is an excellent book for anyone thinking about making a change, hanging out a shingle or pursuing a new career altogether as well as anyone who has already done so."
-- Kathy Jo Cook, 2008-2009 President, Women's Bar Association and Partner, Yarashus Wagner Cook Freiberger & Washienko, LLC

"In this elegantly written book, Julie Tower-Pierce provides an informative, accessible and honest assessment of how an attorney can cobble together a career and a life that works in our crazy post-modern world. Reading the book is like having a brainstorming session over a cup of tea with a dear and knowledgeable friend. The book speaks to honoring all of one's loves - the law, life's passions, and family - in a field that would otherwise demand choosing one and casting away the rest."
-- Ellen Swain Veen, J.D., former Assistant Professor of Law and Director of Academic Success Program, Vermont Law School