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Linda Marks

Linda Marks

UC Hastings College of the Law
Director of Training and Special Projects, Center for WorkLife Law
San Francisco, CA, USA

Linda Marks is Director of Special Projects for the Project for Attorney Retention. She has over 25 years experience in corporate consulting and training, and specific expertise in flexible work arrangements and work-life balance. She previously directed the Work Time Options in the Legal Profession project for New Ways to Work (NWW), a nonprofit organization founded in 1972 to promote workplace flexibility, and is co-author of Negotiating Time: New Scheduling Options in the Legal Profession (NWW, San Francisco, 1985). While at NWW she also directed the FlexGroup, a consortium of 14 companies that took the lead in moving workplace flexibility forward as a business strategy. Included in this group were Hewlett-Packard, Marriott International, Royal Bank of California, Chevron and other major corporations.

In addition, Marks worked for WFD (Work Family Directions), a Boston-based consulting firm, and for Rupert & Company as part of their flexibility consulting and training practices, working remotely from her home in San Francisco. She is a frequent presenter and has spoken to meetings of the American Bar Association, Association of Legal Administrators, NALP, and the state bars of California, Washington, Oregon, Arizona, New Mexico and Colorado. She worked with the Bar Association of San Francisco on their Work/Life Balance task force and is currently part of a Flexibility Think Tank organized by Flexperience.

At PAR, Marks coordinates the PAR annual conference and the Hastings Leadership Academy for Women (www.attorneyretention.org/LAW), co-leads the Hastings Opting Back In program (www.attorneyretention.org/Optin -- a national telephone coaching group for attorneys who have left law for a year or more to care for their families and want to return to legal practice) and manages the annual Flex Success award process.

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