"I wanted to personally say thank you for your insightful presentations. Obviously, as a woman who is part of the “millennial” generation, the topics of discussion were incredibly timely. Since deciding I wanted to go to law school and work for a large firm, the impact that being a woman might have on my career has been floating around in the back of my head (when it wasn’t forced to the front), even as I tell myself that things are so much more progressive now than even 10 years ago. Additionally, throughout the interview process, I remember being struck by the ostensible incompatibility between the biglaw culture and the desire that I, and many of my classmates, had to create a more balanced lifestyle prioritizing, like you mentioned, health and personal wellness outside of work. Conversations with my classmates, friends, and colleagues since then have centered on the same concerns.
I think these questions are things all of my new associate colleagues and I were aware of when we chose this career. We want to work hard and are willing to fit into the craziness that is 24/7 availability, but we hope to create something better than we’ve been told to expect. It is something I am and have been very interested in addressing going forward. I’m just waiting to have the power!"