Work-Life Balance

Rural life is more than an escape for this New York lawyer


Buffalo lawyer Ginger Schröder initially bought her three-acre property 60 miles from the firm she founded as a place for her and her dogs to escape the stress of the city and to find balance between her career as a litigator and her desire for more out of life.

But as she’s settled into rural life, her farm and passion for animals, especially those in need of rescuing, has grown.

Along with her husband, she now owns and operates a 10-acre property classified as a poultry farm, which houses chickens, ducks, rescue horses, a three-legged cat and a rooster, plus fruits and vegetables. The Buffalo Law Journal features Schroder here.

“I think more and more people are seeking ways to find balance in their lives because they are finding it more difficult to just show up every day and work,” Schroder tells the Law Journal.

Though eventually Schroder says she’d like to be a full-time farmer, her law practice is going strong. And it helps that one of her clients is closer to her home office than the one she visits in downtown Buffalo.

“It can be backbreaking work, and there are days when you are physically exhausted, but I think it is a lot cheaper than psychotherapy,” Schroder is quoted saying. “Right now, this is a labor of love for us. And we do love it.”

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