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BigLaw Firm’s Innovative Buddy Program Helps Lawyers Stay Connected During Maternity Leave

Posted Nov 18, 2011 8:47 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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A major law firm in Canada has developed an innovative buddy program to help women lawyers stay connected to their careers while they are on maternity leave.

Partner Tara Piurko of McCarthy Tétrault, for example, regularly met with her buddy attorney, along with her baby, for lunch, reports the Globe and Mail.

That, along with weekly phone calls, helped her to stay updated on what was happening at the firm's Toronto office and with her files.

“The way I saw the program, it’s not about teaching me how to be a mommy and work,” Piurko told the newspaper. “It’s staying connected to my job, to the career that I put so much time and effort into.”

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