A law department of four lawyers, all mothers with small children

The general counsel of Simmons Bedding Co., Kristin McGuffey has three lawyers reporting to her according to GC South, July 17, 2007. When McGuffey started in 2001 the legal department of the Atlanta-based company consisted of only herself and one paralegal, but she has added three lawyers, another paralegal, and an executive assistant. As to the four lawyers, “They’re also all mothers, juggling the demands of work with the needs of young children.”

Lawyers who are mothers of tykes have not shown up so specifically on this blog, but there are references to women lawyers (See my post of May 28, 2007 on Wal-Mart’s diversity and a reference to J.C. Penney; June 6, 2006 on the general counsel of Graham Packaging; and March 1, 2007 on WellPoint’s new female CEO, former general counsel.).

I suspect the working relationships in a law department consisting of all women lawyers with young children differ markedly from a male-dominated department.

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