What Lawyers Can Do To Prevent And Combat Burnout

Law360 (January 31, 2019, 5:24 PM EST) -- Those practicing law for even a short period of time are likely familiar with the term “lawyer burnout” — a growing condition threatening thriving legal careers, with the added grave risks of heart disease, suicide, alcohol-related illness and overdose.

Burnout has been called a “romantic disorder” because it is characteristic of a work ethic admired in the legal culture. Long hours and a selfless dedication to work — to the exclusion of self-care — can lead to burnout.[1]

Even the word “burnout” implies that at one time the attorney was on fire, but his or her flame has now flickered.[2]...

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