Wyatt Adopts Breastfeeding Policy in Support of its Women Lawyers
Wyatt has adopted a policy to provide support to breastfeeding lawyers during business travel. The firm will reimburse lawyers for expenses relating to the shipment of breast milk to their infants when the lawyer is out of town for conferences, litigation or other work-related travel. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, American Academy of Pediatrics, Centers for Disease Control and World Health Organization all recognize the value of breast milk for infants during their first year of life, and Wyatt understands that work travel can create challenges for lawyers who elect to breastfeed.
The Chair of Wyatt’s Wyatt Women’s Network program, Michelle Browning Coughlin, said, “The attrition rate of women lawyers nationally continues to be a challenge for the legal profession, and Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs wants to be a leader in supporting women lawyers by adopting the kind of policies that ensure women will have the resources they need to practice.”
Wyatt is contracting with Milk Stork for this service. “At Milk Stork, we are thrilled to support Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs’ working moms,” said Kate Torgersen, founder and CEO of Milk Stork. “By providing Milk Stork as a benefit, Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs is not only supporting their employees during one of life’s greatest and most difficult transitions, they are also acknowledging the contributions and accomplishments made by the firm’s working mothers.”
Wyatt has been a leader in support of women in the legal profession. In 2008, the firm formed the Wyatt Women’s Network to provide its women lawyers, clients and referral sources opportunities to meet in relaxed social environments where connections can be made and friendships strengthened. More recently, the efforts of Wyatt’s women lawyers have garnered the following recognition: Virginia Snell was ranked the #1 lawyer in Kentucky by Kentucky Super Lawyers for 2018; Amber Floyd was named one of the Top 40 Young Lawyers by the Young Lawyers Division of the American Bar Association; and Michelle Browning Coughlin was presented the Nathaniel R. Harper Award by the Kentucky Bar Association for her achievements in promoting diversity in the legal profession.