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Deborah Willig Serves as a Panelist at the Philadelphia Bar Women in the Profession Committee Meeting - 'Parental Leave Policies and Practices for Attorneys'

February 28, 2012

On Feb. 24, 2012, Willig, Williams & Davidson Managing Partner Deborah R. Willig served as a panelist for the Philadelphia Bar Association’s “Parental Leave Policies and Practices for Attorneys” Women in the Profession Committee Meeting. The meeting took place at noon at the Philadelphia Bar Association. The panelists addressed the following topics:

  • Is your employer legally obligated to provide you with parental leave? What is the current trend for parental leave policies among Philadelphia law firms and legal employers? If your employer does not have a parental leave policy, what do you ask for and how do you negotiate terms that you want? Even if you get parental leave, should you take it and what are the professional ramifications?
  • According to a survey of the top 50 best law firms for women, on average, women receive 14 paid weeks of maternity leave, but on average only take 12. Men received just 6 weeks, but on average only take two 2 weeks. Will more male attorneys who take advantage of parental leave policies increase the acceptance of parental leave in the legal profession?
  • Information about specific leave policies, whether the employer is subject to relevant laws such as the Family Medical Leave Act and the impact of an employer's commitment to parental leave policies.

Other meeting panelists included: Jane L. Dalton, Of Counsel, Duane Morris LLP; Wanda Flowers, Wanda Flowers and Associates; and Laura C. Mattiacci, Member, Console Law Offices.

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