to call me out on the "part time" fiction at big law firms. Quite simply, it ain't true. This is clearly a function of the profit motives you cite, and the all-consuming quest to maximize billable hours among lawyers. However, I also think it's a function of how law firm billable requirements have exploded over the last several years as part of an upward-and-upward spiral of associate compensation, partner compensation, billable hours requirements and hourly fees. These requirements have been inching upwards for years, to the point where I have many friends at large firms who work the hours of 1.5 lawyers, or even 2 lawyers in some cases. For these associates, going to a "part time" schedule means downsizing to only 40 hours a week -- a significant reduction from the crushing workloads they carry now, but certainly nothing like what most people think of when they say "part time."