CINCINNATI (TDB) -- Wendy probably has the answer, too. And she doesn't feel it reflects well on the legal profession. She thinks the legal community worships billable hours over all else.
". . . if you take time off to have a family or care for aging parents, you're no longer producing money for the firm and hence, become a liability.
"Not following the standard path? Seems to me that's cause for celebration and meritorious pay, not a hindrance to success. But I suppose if you break out of a firm's group think mentality by combining unusual interest areas -- hmm, say law and social work -- that throws the good ole boys into a quandary. I mean, what do you do with such a lawyer? Hey, quantity over quality though, right?"