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Can you have a successful legal career and a thriving personal life? The legal industry, with its focus on work over everything else, doesn't exactly make it easy.

Some people are trying to change that, however, including Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

The kids are out of school and you're still stuck working nights and weekends trying to make your billable hours. Sure, you'd much rather spend your days taking the little ones to the beach, instead of sitting through another status call or polishing off a memo, but that's not always possible.

So, lawyers with children, what exactly can you do to deal with the kids over the summer?

Summer isn't like it once was, when you were a young kid or even just an undergrad. Long, slow summer days are replaced by all-nighters as an associate. And if you're still a law student, life isn't that much better. Lazy days at the beach are harder to come by, what with all the bar prep or summer associate work.

But that doesn't mean you can't still have fun. Here are our top tips for enjoying a little bit of sun and fun while still keeping on top of your lawyerly duties.

Is There an Alternative to the 8-Hour Workday for Lawyers?

Lawyers are renown for being workaholics -- a moniker that most of us don't willingly earn. It's not that we want to work till we drop, but it seems that there's always work to be done with never enough time to do it.

That's largely thanks to the convention of the eight-hour workday, a "relic" of the industrial revolution, as Travis Bradberry at Forbes calls it. But if there is a better way, what is it and how can we get there?

Ah, law school summers. Those long days on the beach and care-free nights, finding young love in the sand dunes. Actually, that's the start of "Grease," not a law school summer. When you're in law school, summer tends to mean one thing: work. And you should be focused on work in the summers! Summer clerkships, associate positions, and internships are the best chance for you to learn some actual lawyering skills.

But work isn't all you should be doing this summer. Here's a few more tasks to add to your calendar.

Yesterday, we wrote about a former Squire Patton Boggs associate who took to the Internet to decry the gender discrimination, sexual harassment, and "a very clear glass ceiling" found at major law firms. At many firms, the mother of two claimed, "having a baby apparently makes you worth less as a lawyer."

Her complaints line up with what many others have said: the male-dominated legal industry can be a horrible place for mothers. And it's a pretty terrible place to be a father as well, according to the experience of male lawyers who've sought to take paternity leave.

A disgruntled ex-BigLaw associate took to Reddit yesterday to call out her old firm and explain why she left the law. Kristen Jarvis Johnson says she was a partner-track associate for nine years with Squire Patton Boggs. While at the firm, she experienced "blatant gender discrimination, sexual harassment, and a very clear glass ceiling," she wrote on Reddit.

So Johnson quit her job, walked away from her a nearly $400,000-a-year income, and now wants everyone to know just how awful her time in BigLaw was. Spoiler alert: it was pretty awful.

Among marijuana enthusiasts, April 20th is one of the most important holidays of the year -- a day to celebrate "420," or the semi-mythical code for marijuana. But marijuana isn't just for dirty hippies and shiftless college students these days. With the spread of legalization and decriminalization, weed is becoming big business and weed law is becoming a significant practice area.

So, what better way to celebrate 420 this 4/20 than by catching up to the latest weed-related legal developments with some dank CLEs?

Forget Atticus Finch, the Supreme Court, or BigLaw partner paychecks. We've got a new source of legal inspiration for you: Dolly Parton. And by inspiration, we're not talking about humming along to 'Jolene' as you type up a memo, either.

There's actually a lot to learn from the endless career of one of country music's most famous singers. Here are three lessons from Dolly Parton that we think plenty of attorneys can take to heart.

Obama's Life Advice to a Law Student

President Obama recently fielded questions from audience members at his town-hall-meeting in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, including one question from an enthusiastic Tulane 2L: How can I and my friends be more like you and the First Lady?

This vague question gave the President an opportunity to drop some excellent life advice for future legal professionals.