It's funny how life works out sometimes.
Remember way back when, when I mentioned this awesome company called Montage Legal Group? It was in a post where I was lamenting the lack of part time/flexible/freelance options for stay at home attorney moms. Actually, what I wrote, way back in November 2011, was:
"Speaking of freelance work, through Twitter I have come across some companies that provide freelance legal services and primarily employ female attorneys with children. Check out Montage Legal - the company's website states that it is 'a network of experienced freelance attorneys who left law firms to achieve a work-life balance.' Um, hello? You speaking to me? Sign me up!"
Guess what. They read it. And they signed me up.
In fact, I'm the lead attorney for the DC branch of the company, launching this week. Here's the press release. And here's the blog post (written by yours truly) announcing the launch on the Montage blog.
How cool is that?
To me the whole thing is genius. There are so many moms out there, particularly in DC, with ivy league educations and experience at some of the largest law firms in the country. Most of these women DO want to keep their foot in the door, but lack the opportunities. Through Montage, these women are banding together, legitimizing their skills, and becoming the ultimate talent pool for law firms that need to hire lawyers on a contract basis.
To say I'm excited puts it mildly. This is a job, and hopefully I will make some money at it. But more than that, I really believe in it - what it offers to women, what it offers to law firms, and what it stands for.
In the meantime, if any law firms out there are in need of some experienced attorneys to do some freelance or contract work, shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or, if there are any ex-big-law stay at home mom attorneys in the DC area that are interested in joining, let's talk.
Here's to new endeavors.