Munger, Tolles & Olson attorney Miriam Kim discusses work-life balance issues in an article titled “How Working Mothers Can Have it All.” She co-wrote the article with Munger Tolles summer associate Susan Har for the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) newsletter, NAPABA Lawyer.
According to Ms. Kim and the many successful women she and Ms. Har interviewed, “you can have your all by prioritizing what is important to you and works best for your situation.” Defining your all is a very personal decision and can change over the course of your career.
Whereas defining personal goals is important in the long-term, Ms. Kim emphasizes the importance of “four pillars for working mothers” to help meet the competing demands of daily life. They encompass having a supportive partner, supportive work environment, reliable and quality child care, and the self-confidence to let go and know that “you are doing what is best for you.” Ms. Kim writes: “Remind yourself that you are a good mother and lawyer. Everyone is doing the best they can, and there is no reason to beat yourself up for not being perfect – no one is.”
Miriam Kim is an attorney in the San Francisco office of Munger, Tolles & Olson. Her practice focuses on complex civil litigation, intellectual property matters and internal investigations for high technology companies in Silicon Valley.
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