Applaud Law Firm’s New Maternity Leave Policies

Target: Mitch Zuklie, CEO of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe

Goal: Praise law firm for generous new parental leave benefits.

Parents will now be able to take months off of work to care for new babies without risking losing their jobs, thanks to new leave policies enacted by the national law firm Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe. If Congress continues to refuse to demand that businesses provide parental leave, companies need to take it upon themselves to do the right thing and provide for their employees. Applaud Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe for doing just that.

The United States is one of only three countries around the world that does not guarantee paid maternity leave to its citizens, and one of 70 that does not provide paid paternity leave. To make up for this shameful omission on the part of our government, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe has taken it upon itself to make sure its employees are treated right when they have children.

According to the firm’s new policies, both its male and female attorneys will be guaranteed 22 paid weeks off, as well as the option of taking an additional nine months off without losing their jobs. Non-attorney staff will be able to take 14 weeks of paid leave and seven months unpaid leave, respectively, as well. The firm will also introduce a “Leave Liaison” program to help employees coming back from parental leave ease into work again.

This new parental leave policy is being hailed as one of the best in the country. Sign the petition below to applaud Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe for instituting such progressive maternity and paternity leave options.


Dear CEO Zuklie,

I am writing you today about your firm’s recent parental leave policy changes. Specifically, I wanted to take the time to thank you for adopting such a progressive, generous, and forward-thinking policy.

Guaranteed maternity and paternity leave is something that the rest of the world has embraced but that, for some reason, the United States has yet to enjoy. Because the gridlock in Washington has kept companies from having to adopt such policies, too many have decided to take the cheap way out and maintain parental leave policies that force new parents to choose between caring for a new baby or keeping their jobs.

Against such a discouraging background, your firm’s new policies come as a breath of fresh air. Hopefully other companies will follow your lead and let new mothers and fathers take the time off that they need to care for new children without needing to worry about income or losing their jobs.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe did the right thing by adopting these new leave policies. I applaud you and your firm for taking it upon yourselves to take care of your employees and their families.


[Your Name Here]

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