Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Life Balance for Lawyers

UW Affiliate Professor Andy Benjamin has an article in Trial about life balance: G. Andrew H. Benjamin, Reclaim Your Practice Reclaim Your Life, Trial, Dec. 2008, at 30.

He reviews studies on lawyer distress (depression, substance abuse, etc.) and recommends a "Rule of Two": Select and maintain caseloads whose cases satisfy at least two of these three factors:
  • clients with personalities that fit well with your own
  • legal issues that you value
  • either a sufficient advance fee/retainer or the conscious decision to handle cases pro bono.

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