[MCLE Self-Assessment Test]

MCLE Self-Assessment Test

June 1998

Answer the following questions after reading the MCLE article on "Stress and You." Use the answer form provided to send the test, along with a $20 processing fee, to the State Bar. Please allow at least eight weeks for MCLE certificates to reach you in the mail.

1. If they had it to do over again, most attorneys would still choose to practice law and encourage their children to follow suit.

2. Justice Frankfurter often said that how lawyers practice determines the quality of justice achieved.

3. There are at least 10 basic laws that describe the relationship be-tween stress and performance and the impact on our lives.

4. Our attitude establishes an invisible environment that influences how we relate to all our experiences.

5. The Beach Boys subscribed to the adage, "You can't stop the waves, but you can learn to surf."

6. Lawyers should be able to control the way their cases develop and their outcome.

7. A life in balance results in strong concentration and a more effective work product.

8. Inner balance involves tuning in to how we fee at the moment and adjusting attitude or work rate.

9. Attorneys often find themselves in difficult legal situations because stress causes them to be unfocused.

10. Lawyers should become accustomed to working in a stressful profession and learn to live with it.

11. An efficient and modern law practice is worthless unless the attorney is balanced, focused and in a relaxed state of mind.

12. Once the wheel of stress begins to turn, it is easy to get off and many lawyers have no problem staying on it for the rest of their lives.

13. Personality changes are often a result of unmanaged stress.

14. Attorneys should develop a daily strategy to maintain a relaxed body and calm, alert mind.

15. The growing use of hardball tactics and uncivil behavior in the legal profession has nothing to do with stress.

16. Stress can overload mental and physical resources, interfere with skills and destroy relationships.

17. A basic tenet of stress management is: What's important is not what's happening, but how we relate to it.

18. Lawyers who can remain cool and perform well in a stressful situation have learned how to enter into a balanced relationship with their experience.

19. Malpractice can often be the result of stress rather than actual acts or omissions.

20. Many lawyers have become so accustomed to stress that they have accepted it and fear their practices would collapse if they relaxed at all.

This activity has been approved for Minimum Continuing Legal Education credit by the State Bar of California in the amount of 1 hour, of which 1 hour will apply to substance abuse/emotional distress..

The State Bar of California certifies that this activity conforms to the standards for approved education activities prescribed by the rules and regulations of the State Bar of California governing minimum continuing legal education.