Yes. Oh my god yes. I work in a high volume office.
My life got insanely better when I started using my assistant more. She's hella smart and really good with people. She was handling most of my client calls. She also did most of the admin work, like prepping exhibits, service, and affidavits of service. She'd also prep letters to counsel and send me drafts so all I had to do was edit. This allowed me time between court to prepare my pleadings, meet new clients and work on separation agreements.
Post covid bites. Duties were reorganized for a while so doing all my own admin stuff again. Practice directives are constantly changing so it seems like I am always merging pdfs, turning poor quality photos into pdf, taking screenshots (and turning them into pdf). And the phone calls...
It seems like more senior family lawyers check out of the process. Many in my jurisdiction seem to give the entire file to their junior or assistant. I've taken over files from colleagues and have learned from clients that they never met old white hair guy until the case conference. I haven't hit that level but I do try to create a bit more distance. I'm not my client's bff or therapist - there are boundary issues if I'm the first person they continue to call in crisis.
I've also been telling clients "no" more. Won't write that, that's not an argument that I'm willing to make/you're not getting sole decision making. Judges appreciate it when you reign clients in before stepping foot into court. Less annoyed judges have made even high conflict files more enjoyable as I can do the fine dance of law+emotions that family lawyers employ without a judge looking down and saying "seriously? You're in good faith saying that?"
More long term, I'm hoping to transition to a resolution-based practice via collaborative and mixed litigation/mediation. I have mediation and collaborative training. I'm going to use the pandemic time to work on my ocl application and see whether I can start doing more solicitor style family law (marriage K, Cohab agreements, sep aps) rather than just straight out litigation. Different kind of stress but the role change would hopefully keep things fresh.
I have met a few lawyers that just left family law entirely. 1 ended up in government, another transitioned fully to child protection and criminal defence, another to wills/estates, and others to in house at child protection agencies legal aid, and various agencies.
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