CBA Practicelink Work Life Resources


Lawyers and Anxiety: Three Case Studies

  • August 21, 2014
  • Owen Kelly

Although each of the lawyers in the following fictional case studies has a different story, each is affected by a very real problem—anxiety.

Creative Career Breaks

  • May 27, 2010
  • Janice Mucalov, LL.B.

Interested in taking a break from your law practice, but not from the intellectual stimulation associated with the law? There are several ways you can enrich your skills and experience while taking time away from your practice.

How to manage your time more effectively

  • December 17, 2009
  • Beverley Spencer

Want to manage your time better? Wish you could find more hours in the day? There are plenty of complicated time-management systems out there, with lengthy to-do lists dedicated to squeezing every ounce of productivity out of the day.

Keeping Them by Sending Them Away: Sabbaticals and Lawyer Retention

  • October 13, 2009
  • Bob Tarantino

This article will describe the elements needed to determine if a sabbatical solution is correct for you and your firm: the arguments for and against; the building blocks of a program; the keys to successful implementation; and a sample policy which can serve as a starting point for your firm.

Coping with Stress and Avoiding Burnout: Techniques for Lawyers

  • October 13, 2009
  • Owen Kelly

Stress is a fact of life for all of us, and lawyers are certainly no exception. Stressful events can vary greatly in severity, but they activate a series of common biological and behavioral responses that help us cope with the situation. While these changes are adaptive in the short-term, prolonged stress can lead to physical and mental illness.

Lawyers: Gatekeepers For Psychological Issues

  • August 09, 2009
  • Janice Mucalov

Lawyers often work with clients in emotional distress – tearful divorce clients, the personal bankruptcy client who feels like a failure, grieving probate clients and personal injury clients who are depressed and anxious. Understanding a little psychology can go a long way toward representing these clients more effectively. Read on to learn about the issues involved, interviewing and counselling techniques, how to protect yourself from the special risks posed by emotional clients, and more.

The ‘Second Season’ of Retirement for Lawyers: Are You Ready?

  • January 14, 2009
  • Edward Poll

Older lawyers who keep up with evolving professional rules and trends by participating in continuing education, and who apply the client service lessons presumably learned throughout their careers, should have no trouble remaining in practice as long as desired. But even lawyers are not immune from the inevitability of demographics.