My reflections in this column on being a fledgling family lawyer in the 1980s reinforces my concern for young family lawyers potentially enduring their own problems in the covid-19 national lockdown.

They may be feeling isolated, lacking confidence, experience, training and camaraderie – while doing their best for clients who may not always show their gratitude. I went through it. 

I had good times, but often I was feeling isolated and had panic attacks. I saw myself as alone, holding up a heavy, inverted pyramid as my firm grew. But as I gained in experience, I learned to handle the tough job of being a family lawyer; and I hope that what I share here will help.

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