No, I'm not the Court Reporter

A law degree hangs on my wall; that piece of paper symbolizes the hard fought effort that went into being the first in my family to graduate from college, to then go on an earn a Masters Degree with honors, and to then - as a new mom- start law school, have a second baby mid-way through, and still finish in the top of my class. After such hard work, to be discounted and dismissed by others based on outdated gender stereotypes and assumptions about “women’s roles” can feel defeating.

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Breastfeeding at Work

Women who elect to breastfeed may face greater and long-term career stigma, including salary loss. Forcing women to choose between feeding their infants the way they choose and losing ground at work is yet another part of the attrition rate of women lawyers.

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Michelle Browning Coughlin

MothersEsquire has written to the Florida Supreme Court in support of the strong work of the Florida Women Lawyers Association to pass Rule 2.570, which would make a motion for a continuance for parental leave mandatory, absent extenuating circumstances. MothersEsquire strongly advocates that Florida adopts this gender-neutral approach that recognizes and supports the importance of lawyers’ caregiving roles. Find the body of the letter in this post.

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Michelle Browning Coughlin