Episode 16: Navigating Parental Leave As a Lawyer

by Heather Moulder | Life & Law Podcast


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Taking parental leave is difficult – especially as a lawyer.  Even assuming that you have a generous parental leave policy in place, it’s not easy to step away and even harder to come back.

That’s why I’ve invited an expert (the amazing Lori Mihalich-Levin) to today’s podcast. Lori walks us through how to plan for and return from your leave of absence mindfully so that you can feel confident in yourself, enjoy your time away and not feel overwhelmed when going back to work.

And although you might not be thinking of taking a parental leave of absence any time soon (or ever), I encourage you to listen to this episode regardless for 2 main reasons:

  • Lori’s mindful return framework is applicable to any leave of absence (it would have been incredibly helpful back when I took my cancer leave of absence).
  • Someone you manage or work with will take a leave of absence. This episode (and the next one) will help you manage it more effectively.

Here’s what we cover in today’s episode about how to navigate a parental leave of absence:

  • The biggest concerns that new parents (and especially lawyers) tend to grapple with when taking parental leave.
  • A simple four-part framework for a successful transition back to work after taking a leave of absence.
  • How to set boundaries without burning bridges.
  • Advice for taking parental leave as a partner/shareholder with a book of business.
  • Specific advice for how to NOT feel isolated when returning to work after a parental leave.
  • How to use Lori’s 4-part framework  for long-term success within your practice/career (and to deal with disruptions).

This is the first of a 2-part interview with Lori, so be on the lookout for next week’s episode (where we’ll talk about how employers can help).

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About Guest Lori Mihalich-Levin

Lori is a partner in the health care practice at Dentons, the founder & creator of Mindful Return, and author of Back to Work After Baby: How to Plan and Navigate a Mindful Return from Maternity Leave.

Connect with Lori here:

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