Spouses and partners of law department lawyers

Whew! Quite a topic, so I will only make one comment. It follows reading about a study by the GAO of female managers which found that 74 percent of male managers were married but just 59 percent of female managers, “suggesting that women who worked their way to the top made greater personal sacrifices than did men.” That value-laden quote comes from Worth.com, Dec./Jan. 2011 at 40.

However you try to explain that finding, I realized that the marital status of in-house counsel has had not one mention on this wide-ranging blog. Were I to offer one comment, hesitant in this climate of vengeful ideologues, I would say that it helps a lawyer climb the career ladder to have a spouse or partner that others find acceptable, pleasant, and a credit to the lawyer.

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