Attorney With a Life

Inspired by her years of coaching and working in law firms, Allison Wolf, PCC, started Attorney With A Life® to combat the issues surrounding attorney burnout, stress, and anxiety. By addressing the personal foundation of physical and mental wellness, Attorney With A Life® seeks to help lawyers live fulfilling lives and in-turn promote better law practice throughout the U.S. and Canada.

We are well into a new year but have you managed to find the time to do all that you set out to accomplish? Setting resolution(s) is one thing, the challenge of implementing these when the deluge of day-to-day work resurges is another. “How do I find the time? The key to unlocking your ability to implement comes in three parts: a framework, a routine, and attention. There is a useful conceptual framework for the…
Many organizations deal with toxic situations and people. Law firms and partners are no different. One thing that I have noticed in my industry is that there is a tendency to not deal with the toxic situation and avoid it. The path of least resistance may seem easier but it is often not the best approach. Instead, when there is something at stake for you or the organization, consider the advantages of tackling the situation…
Many junior lawyers experience concerns with a lack of confidence and questions about how to gain more. Rest assured, you are not alone in this feeling. It is a common challenge and one that is addressed in my coaching and mentorship program, the AMP (Associate Mentorship Plus) Club in the context of early-career navigation and practice. I wish I had more confidence. Yes, having confidence would be beneficial and it is important to remember where…
Fixing the bugs in the legal profession. Much of what ails the legal profession can be fixed.  Here are 5 places to start. Leadership training and coaching for partners.  Being smart, senior, or a big earner is not an excuse to be toxic. Stay on top of proven leadership skills and styles effective and appropriate in today’s workplace culture. Overhaul the law firm business model with enough professionals to service the clients and work. No…
In March 2020, right as our world was turned upside down by the pandemic a new and important initiative was launched – Life in Law. Founded by two partners, Kim Jakeman and Una Radoja both with the Vancouver-based law firm Harper Grey LLP, Life in Law (LiL) is a complimentary service designed to give women lawyers of all years of call access to confidential, safe, accessible and friendly support from fellow women in law. More…
This month I had the opportunity to record my conversation with Myrna McCallum about her new podcast The Trauma-Informed Lawyer. The Trauma-Informed Lawyer podcast – presented in partnership with the Canadian Bar Association – provides an invaluable resource to the legal community.  A gifted teacher, Myrna illuminates a rational, do-no-further harm approach to trauma-informed lawyering with inspiring interviews and thoughtful commentary. In our conversation, we talk about the meaning behind Myrna’s law firm name…
Summer is almost here. June 2020, a kind of June that we have never experienced before. It is really different right now.  There is much to grieve, there is cause for anger, there is change afoot, and challenges and opportunities abound. And to honour all of this I am focused on being present each day and slowing down. Those of you who know me, know that productivity is one of my things. I write about…
“Every time we do not take a risk we prop up this racist system.”  Rachel Rodgers I was introduced to Rachel this morning in a email newsletter from coach Michael Bungay Stanier (MSB).    Rachel is a coach, entrepreneur, lawyer, and the founder of her own intellectual property law firm. Rachel generously posted a 20 minute teaching on Instagram Live that gave me a much-needed metaphorical bucket of ice water wake up call to stop wringing…