Most agree it’s a problem. But whose problem is it to fix? And what would fixing it even look like?
There is much to be said for the virtue of having it all, but not all of it at once.
For many attorneys transitioning into the middle years of their careers, moving from being associates to becoming partners, there is a sense that professional responsibilities explode – having to keep up billable hours, delivering work, while also spending time developing client relationships that lead to more work – at the exact same time that personal responsibilities do as well. Balancing commitments to a spouse, kids, and maybe aging parents too, can be overwhelming when layered on top of the pressure to start building your own book of business.