Meet Julie Tower-Pierce, a former lawyer, turned author, writer and mom blogger who completely changed her career track since having children.
Julie has just published Staying at Home, Staying in the Law: A Guide to Remaining Active in the Legal Profession While Pursuing Your Dreams (American Bar Association, July 25, 2008). www.stayinginthelaw.com. The book will be released next week and is a guide for lawyers who dream about staying home with their kids or doing something more with their life but are reluctant to “give up the law.”
Since becoming a mom, Julie says she’s been in and out of legal practice and academia (teaching Cybercrime & Cyberlaw courses), and is now an at-home mom/writer of three young children. She says, “The transition out of the law is not always easy and the profession doesn’t offer much support. It’s my hope that my book will inspire lawyers to pursue their dreams, and that it will shake up the legal profession by demonstrating (through lawyer stories) that there are so many lawyers (especially moms) who need more flexibility than the profession currently offers.” We caught up with Julie and here’s what she had to say about being a Mom of Reinvention
Role Mommy: What did you do before you became a mom?
Julie: I was a practicing attorney who spent my days absorbed and totally in love with the law. I also spent time running, mountain biking, and hiking, and on the weekends following my competitive cross-country skiier husband around to his races. Wow…that all seems like a lifetime ago now.
Role Mommy: When did you decide to reinvent your life?
Julie: After having two children and discovering that I spent so much time struggling with trying to balance my passion of life and the law (seemingly without any legal mentors to whom I could call upon for support), my reinvention moment came when my husband received a new job offer which required a major relocation. The opportunity gave me a chance to stay at home with my children and also pursue my interest in writing–and passion for the law, by writing about the law and my experiences with trying to balance two competing loves: my children and the law. I’ve recently written Staying at Home, Staying in the Law: A Guide to Remaining Active in the Legal Profession While Pursuing Your Dreams, which is due out July 25, 2008 by the American Bar Association.
Role Mommy: How have your children influenced your career path? How many do you have?
Julie: They are the reason I changed my career path and was totally onboard with the idea of relocating from my native state (where my entire family resides). Without my children, I don’t think I would have followed my dreams to pursue the nagging interest in writing, and I certainly wouldn’t have written a book on the subject matter of staying at home, staying in the law. I have three children ages 10 months to age five.
Role Mommy: What’s your favorite “Time Out” tip for moms?
–Bring reading material with you in the car, like your favorite magazines or books…when the kids doze off, you’ll always have something to read…and probably something you’ve been dying to read for days.
–Find a favorite drive-thru and make a b-line for as soon as the kids fall asleep in the car…mine is Starbucks. I grab my favorite drink, park in the parking lot and make “catch up” phone calls to old friends or read my favorite newspaper.
Role Mommy: What does your book offer moms?
Julie: My book offers lawyer moms a totally unique resource, the first of its kind specifically for lawyers. It’s filled with specific ways lawyers can stay connected to the legal profession while pursuing their dreams, even stay-at-home parenting. It’s written to be the lawyer moms “best friend” during those moments of doubt, anxiety, fear, sadness, etc. about stepping out of the law to pursue another career path. Basically, it’s a survival guide that helps lawyers thinking about stepping out of the profession or looking to re-enter the law.
Role Mommy: What do you hope for your own kids?
Julie: I hope they won’t have to struggle with work/life balance issues. That whatever profession or career path they choose that they will find it offers them the flexibility they need or want to pursue or complement all of their dreams. I want them to follow their dreams.
Role Mommy: Who is your Role Mommy?
Julie: With respect to the law and parenthood, for a long time, I felt that I didn’t have a role mommy. That’s a key reason why I wrote my book, to fill in that hole of missing support for lawyer moms and dads. Through the process of writing the book, I’ve discovered that I have many, many role mommies…lawyers who have dreamed that there must be something more and have found the courage to blaze their own path, despite the professional “mommytrack” stigmas and risks attached to doing so.
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What did you do before you became a mom?
When did you decide to reinvent your life?
How have your children influenced your career path? How many do you have?
What’s your favorite “Time Out” tip for moms (taking time for yourself, not sending your child into a corner)
What does your book offer moms?
What do you hope for your own kids?
Who is your Role Mommy?