While I would echo the sentiments of Suzanne’s post (i.e. that on a practical level, it remains difficult for women to find alternative path’s to success in a law firm) there are some very good ideas floating around out there. For example, Deborah Epstein Henry of Flex-time Lawyers, has proposed an interesting model called F.A.C.T.S.
According to Henry’s model, firms should offer women a mix of options. Women should be given the chance to choose a reduced schedule that is premised on the desire for regular hours, the desire for high-quality work or some mix of the two. While I’m not sure if any firms have yet to adopt the model, I would not be surprised if there were at least one firm trying it out within the year. The recruiting benefits of offering such a model are simply too great.