Working Mother Q&A

published in The Oklahoman | May 11, 2014

Being a working mother requires the ability to balance one’s professional career and life with one’s home and personal life. It’s a juggling act many would say is made even more difficult when you’re a mom to two young kids and you maintain a full-time legal practice at one of the nation’s largest law firms.

In its Sunday Mother’s Day edition, The Oklahoman interviewed McAfee & Taft “power attorney moms” Stephanie Chapman, a tax lawyer, and Jodi Dishman, a trial lawyer, about how they’ve successfully balanced motherhood with the law and made it work to their advantage.

Dishman said that being an attorney has made her a better mother. “I’m good at asking questions and cross-examining my children, so I usually know ‘who did it’ pretty quickly,” said Dishman. “My boys like to give one-word answers, and the skills I’ve obtained through being a litigator help me to ask better questions, so I get more complete responses out of my boys.”

For Chapman, she said being a mother has made her a better attorney. “It has pushed me to become a better listener and more attuned to cues from other people.”