Brain Man  

Debra Austin, PhD, JD

Debra teaches Lawyering Process and Advanced Legal Research, a course she created at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law in 1998. Her teaching and research is focused on lawyering skills; the neuroscience of learning, stress, and cognitive wellness; and how technology can be used to enhance teaching. Debra received the William T. Driscoll Master Educator Award in 2001.



Debra was awarded a Legal Writing Institute-Association of Legal Writing Directors-LexisNexis 2012 Legal Writing Scholarship Grant and her article on stress in legal education and lawyering, and the neuroscience of cognitive wellness, is in the Loyola Law Review at 59 Loy. L. Rev. 791(2013) and on SSRN at : Killing Them Softly: Neuroscience Reveals How Brain Cells Die From Law School Stress and How Neural Self-Hacking Can Optimize Cognitive Performance. Her article has generated interest at the ABA Journal Law News Now and the TaxProf Blog.


Prior to coming to DU, Debra worked for West Publishing Company teaching lawyers in Denver and Salt Lake City how to use Westlaw and she was a law clerk at Wendel, Rosen, Black, Dean & Levitan, in Oakland, California. She began her professional life as a middle school teacher in Arvada, Colorado.

Debra consults with law firms and individual lawyers on lawyering skills and cognitive wellness. She is a member of the Rhone Brackett Inn of Court.

© Debra Austin 2008-2014
Images by Keith Jones