Several of the nation's largest law firms are boosting their paid leave for lawyers who become new parents. Administrators and lawyers at those firms deny that the benefits are meant to replace salary increases. But they admit the programs are designed to attract and retain associates, especially women, who are steadily leaving the legal profession. Among the first to jump to 18 weeks was Sullivan & Cromwell. "Firms follow because they're trying to be competitive," says partner Audra Cohen.
Law Firms Across U.S. Are Boosting Paid Leave
The National Law Journal
March 18, 2008