Debra Austin, PhD, JD

Brain Man  

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, 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, lawyering, and the neuroscience of cognitive wellness will be published in the Loyola Law Review: Killing Them Softly: Neuroscience Reveals How Brain Cells Die From Law School Stress and How Neural Self-Hacking Can Optimize Cognitive Performance, 59 Loy. L. Rev. (forthcoming Winter 2014). She was also awarded a grant for integrating a SmartBoard and Student Response Systems into her Legal Skills Courses from the Morgridge Family Foundation. She was a co-investigator on a $1.2 million dollar ITEST grant awarded by the National Science Foundation to study the role of interdisciplinary humane games in learning.



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. She is a member of the Rhone Brackett Inn of Court.

© Debra Austin 2008-2013
Images by Keith Jones