Davis Polk Revisited:
We are strongly committed to our lawyers throughout their professional careers, including those who have had an extended break from the legal profession.
Davis Polk Revisited is a re-entry program that reintegrates former Davis Polk lawyers who wish to return to full-time legal careers. It provides Davis Polk alumni with the opportunity to return to the firm and receive the training, CLE and reintegration support they need to resume their careers. The program is open to alumni who have three or more years of Davis Polk experience and who have been away from the legal profession for at least two years.
Wall Street Journal Law Blog, Davis Polk Welcomes Back Female Lawyers Who Took Break From Law:
When Anne Burton Walsh read about a new program being offered at Davis Polk & Wardwell in the firm’s alumni newsletter last fall, “I felt as though I had written it in a dream,” the New York attorney recalled recently.
The email said the firm was looking for women who had previously worked at Davis Polk and been gone for at least two years to return for a program called Davis Polk Revisited. For Ms. Burton Walsh, who left the firm in 2007 while pregnant with her second of three children, it was an option she never thought would be possible.
Now, Ms. Burton Walsh and four other former female associates are back at the firm for a one-year stint, which could be extended if both sides agree it’s going well. “I worried I would feel rusty,” said Ms. Burton Walsh, who is in the white-collar litigation group. “But my first day on a trial team, reading the complaint and motion papers, I felt as though no time had passed.”
Law firms are notoriously difficult places to work for parents of young children. Despite efforts by some big firms to create more flexibility and part-time arrangements, associates are still dropping out in droves.
Until recently, coming back to BigLaw after years away from practice had been nearly impossible. Davis Polk’s program follows the 2014 launch of the OnRamp Fellowship, a program that helps women re-enter the legal profession and has placed 51 women nationwide in law firms and in-house departments.