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March 2007 , Page 4 

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Lawyer Burnout

By Martin S. Pinales

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When you became a lawyer, you may have thought of yourself as some kind of superwoman or superman who was able to leap tall courthouses in a single bound. There was a lot of injustice in the world, and you were ready for the fight.

That was then. Now your shingle has been hanging out there for a few years. Is your passion for the law still the same? On Monday mornings, do you have to talk yourself into rolling out of bed and showing up at the office? Do you find that you really don’t like your clients anymore? Have you been asking yourself if what you do makes a difference? If these questions strike a nerve, you might be headed for job burnout.

One of the most widely used indicators of burnout is the Maslach Burnout Inventory. It describes burnout as a syndrome comprised of emotional exhaustion (being drained emotionally by contact with others), depersonalization (feeling cynical and negatively toward people), and reduced personal accomplishment (evaluating

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