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Why women leave

By Janice Tibbetts June 18, 2018 18 June 2018

Why women leave

 

Every few months or so, Toronto lawyer Sara Gottlieb gets together for brunch with her Osgoode Hall Law School friends from a decade ago. There are 10 of them, all women, and although they all started out in coveted jobs in private practice, only one remains. The nine others have traded the punishing pace and unworkable lifestyle for positions as in-house lawyers with companies or public institutions.

“Everyone has left,” Gottlieb (pictured above) says of her gang’s exodus from private firms, where the majority of young lawyers head after being called to the bar.

Now a 35-year-old mother who is pregnant with her second child, Gottlieb says she works at her “soul-mate job” as an in-house lawyer at the University of Toronto. Still, she recalls the rush, as a newly minted lawyer, of working on major files at big firms on Wall Street and then Bay Street, such as advising companies after the fallout from the Lehman Brothers collapse and fraudster Bernie Madoff‘s Ponzi scheme.

“The work is so interesting, and it seems you will never be able to match that quality of work after you leave private practice, but for many people, there are so many intervening factors that you have no choice,” she says.

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