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Older lawyers need more light

A gerontologist quoted in the NY Times, Aug. 3, 2008 at BU 10, remarks that “By the time you are in your 50s and 60s, you need 30 percent more light to see clearly than when you were younger, so get a desk lamp or a floor lamp.” Aging in-house counsel probably see the necessity of this advice and act on it, possibly without explicitly recognizing the diminishment they experience in their visual acuity without adequate illumination.

A general counsel, especially a young one with bright eyes, should accommodate the declines that come with age and invest in lighting supplements older lawyers may need. One step in this direction is to provide large monitors and software that increases the font size on the screen. The article mentions MAGic and ZoomText that make documents much easier to read.