June 24, 2019 Rōnin Reports

Fatigue in the Legal Profession

Benjamin K. Sanchez

In the past ten years, the legal profession in the United States has seen a record number of suicides and attorneys walking away from the law as a career. We’ve all heard the consistent lines that the legal profession has among the highest rates of suicides, depression, and alcoholism. While there are many factors that contribute to these horrible statistics, a simplistic way to describe these factors is fatigue. Fatigue comes in several forms, but three basic categories of fatigue are conflict, compassion, and physical. All three have their own causes and reveal themselves in different ways; we all should be aware of each of them so we can make changes in our professional and personal lives to beat fatigue.

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