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Experiences of Female Attorneys as Mothers Working in the Male-Dominated Legal Field: A Phenomenological Study
by Maits, Katelin Regina Matecki, D.M., University of Phoenix, 2020, 140; 28151311
Abstract (Summary)

In 2019, half of the Juris Doctorate degrees were conferred to women, yet 34.8% of the American Bar Association is female. Research included indications 55% of female attorneys leave private law practices by 4.5 years. Furthermore, only 22.7% are named partners. The reasons cited were work-life balance and motherhood-family obligations. The purpose of the qualitative phenomenological study was to gain an understanding of the lived experiences of female attorneys who are mothers in the legal field with respect to career progression. A qualitative method with a phenomenological design was utilized to explore the lived experiences of the mother attorneys. The study was a contribution to the ongoing collection of knowledge regarding female leadership and aided in explaining the lack thereof in managerial roles. Phone interviews were conducted with 5 female attorneys, practicing with more than 3 years in private practice and were mothers. The data were analyzed using the psychophenomenological method using NVivo 12 software. The findings revealed 6 themes and 2 subthemes and recommendations regarding nonpartnership tracks within a law firm allowing women to reduce required hours to average 40 hours a week enabling them more time with family, while still building a career. An additional recommendation was to establish formal mentorship programs among female attorneys.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Phelps, Yvonne
Commitee: Banning, Kevin, Williams, Roxanne M.
School: University of Phoenix
Department: School of Advanced Studies
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: DAI-A 82/4(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Management, Law, Womens studies, Individual & family studies
Keywords: Barriers to Leadership, Female Attorney, Female Leadership, Management Style, Working Mother
Publication Number: 28151311
ISBN: 9798684656866
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