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Pam Olsen

J.D., M.S. Mental Health Counseling and ICF Certified Coach

About Pamela Michelle, J.D., M.S.

Pam Olsen, J.D., M.S., is the Founder and CEO of many web platforms including,, and the Soul of Lawyers Network on LinkedIn. Pam practices in the area of therapy, coaching, and process work and more can be learned about her work with clients and organizations/law firms in the latter platforms and at Contact to invite Pam to speak at your law firm or consult more broadly with your firm.

We Are All Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde: Embracing the Shadow Self In Law and Life

By | November 11th, 2014|Behavior and Shadow Self, Embracing Shadow, Legal Ethics and Embracing Shadow Self, Shadow Self and Lawyers, Soul Of Lawyers Articles, Uncategorized|

The title of this blog may seem a little 'dark' or may lead you to think about all the lawyer jokes you have heard in your life or career.  The fact is, if you read this to conclusion, this blog is as much about finding the light within than exploring the dark side of law [...]

Being Great At Argument And What This Means To Relationships In and Out of Law

By | October 29th, 2014|Competing Demands on Lawyers, John Gottman's Theories and the Application to Law, Lawyers and Failed Relationships, Lawyers and Relationships, Paradox of Being A Gifted Arguer, Soul Of Lawyers Articles|

Law students and lawyers are trained to hone their skills in making legal argument. While, theoretically this is based on legal analysis and rationale, clearly emotion plays out in many Judges’ chambers, courtrooms, and depositions. In fact some of the most heated exchanges between lawyers occur outside of the courthouse. There are records replete with [...]

Maslow Did Not Bill Hours: The Lawyer’s Journey to Self-Actualization

By | October 29th, 2014|Billable Hours and Spiritual Awareness, Law and Self-Actualization, Lawyers and Human Potential, Lawyers and Sprituality, Soul Of Lawyers Articles|

Abraham Maslow wrote about the journey to self-actualization.  Located at the top or peak of the hierarchy, he described this high-level need in the following way:  "What a man can be, he must be.   This need we may call self-actualization...It refers to the desire for self-fulfillment,  namely, to the tendency for him to become actualized in [...]

Zero-Sum Games In Law And Life

By | October 28th, 2014|Conflict of Interest for Lawyers, Conflict of Values in Legal Profession, Conflicting Values and Lawyers, Existential Crisis and Law, Health Crisis and Lawyers, Law and Life Balance, Lawyer's Professional Life, Lawyers and Depression, personal life, Soul Of Lawyers Articles, Values Assesment in the Legal Profession, Zero-Sum Games in Law and Life|

 A zero-sum game occurs when one player’s gain is another player’s loss. Law often involves a perceived winner and loser. Some wins or losses are relative in that a better or worse outcome was expected than actually occurred. In law, compromise is often achieved in settlements to mitigate a win or loss for one or [...]