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Sunday, February 5

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Today's New York Times Style section picks up on an increasingly popular article subject: The growing discontent among today's overworked lawyers and doctors, and employers' attempts to stop staffers from quitting. Partners at big law firm Perkins Coie's Chicago office, for example, have formed a "happiness committee" to offer snack items such as candy apples and milkshakes to their associates.

But such measures seem like generic band-aids (which always fall off!) on a complex problem: According to the Times, firms lose nearly 20% of their associates in any given year, and the same percentage of lawyers will suffer depression at some point in their careers.

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