“Law is a cognitive profession, and the legendary stressors in … the practice of law can take a tremendous toll on cognitive capacity. Lawyers suffer from depression at triple the rate of non-lawyers.”
Killing Them Softly:
Neuroscience Reveals How Brain Cells Die
by Debra S. Austin
59 LOY. L. REV. 791 (2013)
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Qualifications: JD Degree required. Must be licensed to practice law in the State of Colorado. Dual license in Oregon, Washington, and/or Utah is highly preferred. Experience with legal research and writing is required. Minimum experience using Excel is preferred. Experience in the collections industry preferred. Business management experience preferred. Ability to communicate effectively in a team environment. Must be able to handle a large volume of work and look to improve efficiency. Proven ability to complete assignments in short time-frames, under stress, and within guidelines.
In contrast, according to the article cited, authored by Dr. Austin, infra, “law firms, like many cutting-edge companies, can curate a culture of cognitive wellness.”
“Long-term elevated levels of glucocorticoids resulting from chronic stress have been associated with the following physical conditions:
• Impaired immune response;
• Increased appetite and food cravings;
• Increased body fat;
• Increased symptoms of PMS and menopause;
• Decreased muscle mass;
• Decreased bone density; and
• Decreased libido.
Chronic stress also produces the following emotional conditions:
• Increased mood swings, irritability, and anger;
• Increased anxiety; and
• Increased depression.”
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Author of article: Debra S. Austin
University of Denver, Sturm College of Law