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MOTHERLODE: Lawyering, Parenting (and Writing About It) in the Age of "Having it All"
Monday, May 23, 2011 6:30 PM

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Every professional woman with children is familiar with the conflicts that career and motherhood can pose; whether it’s juggling conference calls with music lessons, getting home in time to have dinner with the kids, or preserving time to do your best work, what conscientious lawyer has not struggled with the demands of being an equally conscientious mom?

Three prominent law school graduates-turned-writers examine the bottomless, sometimes heart-wrenching choices that working mothers face in the increasingly complex world of child-rearing. From the competitive pressures of academic performance to the frightening world of bullying, working mothers face a host of parenting challenges that our own mothers rarely engaged with—challenges that even elite professional training can’t always prepare us for. In the age when women can supposedly "have it all," are we up to the task of doing it all?

AMY CHUA, John M. Duff Professor of Law, Yale Law School; Author, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother; EMILY BAZELON, Truman Capote Fellow for Creative Writing and Law, Yale Law School; Senior Editor, Slate; Contributing Writer, New York Times Magazine; and currently working on a book about bullying for Random House; JULIE BUXBAUM, Author, The Opposite of Love and After You; her writing has appeared in the New York Times and other publications

THERESA PARK, Founder and Principal, The Park Literary Group, a New York-based literary agency.

Sponsored by:
Committee on Career Advancement and Management, Carroll Welch, Chair

Co-sponsored by:
Harvard Law School Law & Arts Initiative