Commitment and Professional Status
Part-time lawyers find that attributes and qualities that have nothing to do w i t h the number o f hours they work are called into question. L ike b l ind people w h o are not regarded to be as intelligent as those w h o are sighted, part-timers may be regarded as being less commited than full-timers (Goffman, 1963). Indeed, they may even question this quality themselves. Organizations prize commi t - ment and look for ways to identify it. L i m i t i n g the number o f hours devoted to work is thought to signal a lack o f devotion to the organization s goals, and often such attorneys are seen as not being "real professionals." Part-time status thus may become a proxy for l o w commitment (or lack o f excellence).