Founder of Flex-Time Lawyers LLC launches new book
WHITE PLAINS, NY, December 20, 2010–Flex-time and other models for men and women lawyers to balance work and the rest of their lives will be the focus when Pace Law School hosts an event for attorneys on January 24 featuring Deborah Epstein Henry lecturing on new models of legal practice and work-life balance.
Henry, a native of Scarsdale, N.Y., is a respected authority on workplace restructuring, talent management, work/life balance, and the retention and promotion of lawyers, with a focus on women.
The event will be held in the Tudor Room in Preston Hall at Pace Law School, 78 North Broadway, White Plains. The fee to attend is $45 for attorneys, which includes a signed copy of “Law & Reorder,” and a reception. Lawyers who attend will also receive one Continuing Legal Education credit at no additional cost. The CLE presentation will take place from 6-7 p.m., and the reception and book signing from 7-8 p.m.
The event is open without charge to media with press credentials. It is co-sponsored by Pace Law School’s New Directions Program, and Center for Continuing Legal Education and Women’s Association of Law Students, and the Westchester Women’s Bar Association.
Weathering professional sea-changes
Amy Gewirtz, director of the New Directions Program, which provides refresher training and internships for lawyers going back into practice after time out for pursuits like raising children, said, “New Directions is pleased to co-sponsor this event on a topic that is so important and timely for legal employers and current and prospective employees, including law students. We look forward to providing practical advice to the legal community on how to successfully weather the sea changes occurring in our profession.”
Much has changed since 1999, when Henry started a small grassroots movement to promote work-life balance. Then, the concept of working flexible or reduced hours did not apply for attorneys, Henry reports in her new book, “Law & Reorder: Legal Industry Solutions for Restructure, Retention, Promotion & Work/Life Balance” (American Bar Association, 2010).
Employers now generally recognize that “specific challenges to women need to be addressed to ensure women’s success,” and work/life balance issues have become a strong priority for men, as well, Henry writes. Moreover, technology has given lawyers more flexibility.
“I see today an unprecedented opportunity to empower not just women lawyers, but all lawyers, to take charge of their careers, to improve the control they have over their lives, and to change how and when work gets done. I also believe that the time is ripe for employers to revamp their traditional models or invent new ones,” Henry writes.
Innovations to serve both lawyers and clients
“Law & Reorder” has been endorsed by 25 legal and other industry leaders, including general counsels, managing partners, law school deans, leaders of bar and women’s associations, legal industry experts, and career and work/ life experts.
Stephen P. Younger, president of the New York State Bar Association, said of the book, “In the wake of the recession, traditional workplace models are giving way to innovative practices that satisfy the forward-thinking lawyer and serve the modern client. In Law & Reorder, Debbie convincingly makes the business case for embracing these new, flexible workplace models and gives us a play book on how to successfully integrate them into our profession.”
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