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Overcoming the Impact of Chronic Stress: How to Successfully Maintain Your Competence and Your Legal Practice

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Produced on March 15, 2019

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Course Information

Time 1h 1m
Difficulty Intermediate
Topics covered in this course: Law Practice Management Attorney Wellness

Course Description

The American Bar Association Model Rule 1.1 states that lawyers must act competently by being skilled and knowledgeable in the area of relevant law before taking on a case. Every lawyer knows this rule and most lawyers are careful about the subject matter of a case and take cases only within their area of expertise. But is this enough to be competent?

This unusual presentation explores the question: When does brain function interfere with an attorney’s ability to be competent?

While many attorneys are winning battles in the courtroom, they are losing battles in their lives. They are often overworked, unappreciated, and unhappy. In fact, attorneys are almost four times more likely to suffer from depression than people working in other fields. The suicide rate is so alarming that several State Bar Associations are working on combating the crises in the industry. How did it get so bad? And are you at risk? Is your partner or an associate at risk?

Find out how brain science reveals that you are under more stress than you realize and why these mild stressors from a multitude of sources are affecting your health and reducing your ability to think and exercise skillfulness even in your own practice area. After this course, you will have an understanding about what stress is, how it impacts your life both personally and in your law practice. You will also have ways to reduce and eliminate stressors so that you will not only be a more competent lawyer, but a more successful and happier one too.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Examine the brain science of stress and its impact on our physiology
  2. Explore the long term effect of chronic stress on attorneys

  3. Identify the multiple environments in an attorney’s everyday life that produce stress

  4. Develop practical strategies to manage, reduce, and eliminate stress in your life and law practice

Credit Information

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Francine Tone

Tone and Tone

Attorneys are faced with keeping up with new technology, instant access to everything and everyone, artificial intelligence, speed, and a ton of bells and whistles of the 21st century, while operating in a world traditionally known for lack of speed. What are the key components to help you thrive, maintain sanity, and provide the best legal services to your clients? Francine Tone, your CLE presenter, believes that trust-building skills and leadership skills based on high emotional intelligence is what will help you weather the world that is unfolding, keep you relevant and sharp, and help you avoid burnout in a world designed to foster burnout. Her CLE courses, mostly stemming from ethics, are designed to negotiate the ethical land mines while developing skills and practices that will elevate you to the top of your game.

​Francine Tone has been involved in the legal business for over 40 years and has been a California lawyer since 1989. She is the managing partner of Tone & Tone, Attorneys at Law. She is an Appellate Law Specialist, certified by the California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization, with a focus on real estate, business, family law, and criminal defense. She has also sat as a judge pro tem for over 20 years. She is also a litigation and trial strategist helping trial attorneys shore up cases to reduce the likelihood of appeal or prevail on appeal.

Francine is a trust-building expert and author of the award-winning #1 bestselling book What Every Good Lawyer Wants You To Know: An Insider’s Guide on How to Reduce Stress, Reduce Costs, and Get the Most From Your Lawyer. She is also an emotional intelligence expert, certified to administer and coach from the most reliable emotional intelligence assessments, the EQi-2.0 and EQi-360.

Francine is also the principal consultant at Francine Tone & Associates LLC. Attorneys and Law Firms hire her to realign their relationship with their profession because most are struggling with stress, burnout, and sheer exhaustion. So she helps re-ignite their passion, crystalize innovative thinking and implement reduced-stress problem-solving skills to enhance productivity and love of life and career. Bottom line, you grow your practice and live your life with a smile. 

Francine has a mission to grow businesses and lifestyles structured around relationships built on iron-clad trust using strategies supported by modern brain science. Her escaping an exceptionally challenging childhood and helping her son to recover from a severe traumatic brain injury that almost left him a vegetable fuels her drive.

Francine is also a top certified ski instructor and trainer, a scuba divemaster, a podium-finishing standup paddleboard racer and surfs her standup paddleboard in Hawaii for several weeks each year. ​Francine is married to her law partner and lives in the mountains near Lake Tahoe, California.

Attorney | Speaker | Leadership Trainer | Business Strategist | 4-Time #1 Bestselling Author | High-Performance Athlete 

To learn how to work with Francine Tone, please visit www.FrancineTone.com or schedule a complimentary 30-minute consultation at http://bit.ly/FToneAPPT


Wendy M.

Amazing! Excellent presentation. She has a lot of wisdom, & is very effective at sharing what she knows.

Josephine K.

The information presented was clear and resonated with warmth, caring and practical solutions. Thank you.

Harold S.

I really liked listening to the presenter. The first (ie. negative) half should be shortened into 10 minutes instead of 30. The tips were great.

Wileen L.

Helpful and applicable advice, it’s essentially kondo for the brain.

Michael I.

Awesome presentation

Anna K.

I thought this was a great course with really helpful advice that can be implemented easily. Thank you!

Lana L.

My favorite Lawline course so far.

Yuka K.

I so needed this. Compelling.

Robin D.

Tone is excellent. Good info and perfect delivery. I love her and her advice.

John C.

I need everyone in my family to listen to this! We’re all under stress and it impacts our competence .

David L.

She’s great! Pay her to do more courses!

Agnes F.


Paul A.

Awesome. One of the most worthwhile cles I’ve listened to.

Jack H.

50% of our required continuing education classes should be focused on topics such as this. Without good stress coping skills we can’t really do anything else effectively. Thank you!

Brian H.

Excellent speaker. Engaging. Thoughtful. Enjoyed the multifaceted advice.

Rachel G.

Remarkably useful information for dealing with stress. Five stars for Francine Tone!

Twa’Lea J.

Thank you for sharing your personal story regarding your son. Your presentation really hit home for me.

Patrick T.

best presenter in years! Find more like her.

janine s.

a little too California but some parts were very insightful for work dress issues and life stress

jill d.

Loved it! Loved it!

Maria E.

excellent seminar!

Clarissa C.

Learned some useful techniques -- she was an engaging speaker.

Michael B.

Great speaker

MaryLu C.

Eat your frog. You can never hear this often enough.

Jennifer A.

Great course. Very informative, useful and essential.

Daniel G.

Outstanding instructor!

Meggan Z.

Very helpful information with examples on ways to reduce stress that can apply to all aspects of life. I'm glad that I took this course.

Thomas L.

This was one of the best life management courses I have taken,

John H.

great speaker, very engaging

Francine C.

informative and helpful

David C.

Very insightful. Engaging presenter

Roberta B.

excellent presentation; speaker was easy to understand and interesting to listen to.

Maggie B.

She was great

Angelica K.

Wonderful tips! Wonderful speaker! Would give 5/5 if I could!

Erik S.

Glad to see everything turned out well for the speaker's son.

Lisa M.

One of the most engaging, practical CLE presentations I have listened to in over 2 decades of practicing law — a well-spent use of time. Thank you.

Sandra C.

Very good and will implement several ideas for stress management

Jennifer W.

Great program!

Lawrence B.

A fabulous, wonderful attorney.

Alicia S.

Thank you Francine! I have been practicing law for a little over 30 years, and this was the most powerful and helpful CLE video I have ever seen. Thank you for the great advice! ~AAS - San Diego, CA

Seema B.

The instructor was excellent and engaging. Very helpful practical advice.

Eric R.

Excellent presentation.

Pamela S.

Just terrific. Looking forward to the book!

Vincent P.

I love the speaker's enthusiasm for the subject matter presented a clear forceful voice. Thanks

Kristen W.

Excellent course. I thoroughly enjoyed this presentation and have recommended it to others!

John S.

Really enjoyed this presenter!

Monica S.

Outstanding advice for all - lawyers and non-lawyers alike! Excellent speaker

John T.

This course was very good. I really enjoyed the content and presenter.

Brandy B.

Loved this course.

Nicole T.

Great course! Informative and helpful! Excellent job of keeping this topic interesting!

Charles C.

Best course I have watched in the competency category for CA CLEs.

Aviva Z.

Awesome course! Thank you.

Randy P.

Very interesting and helpful!

Doug P.

Consistently insightful

Romulo S.

This is a really good CLE. It isn't just beneficial, I needed it.

Geoffrey K.

Excellent course. I think the things Ms. Tone teaches in this course would be helpful for any lawyer struggling with the stresses of legal practice.

Reed S.


Harry W.

Excellent content and presentation.

Laura S.

A marvelous "mini-therapy" session for stress reduction, which engagingly presents scientifically rooted tips for achieving optimum, healthy life and legal work balance!

Christopher D.

Great course!

Billy J.

Outstanding! Francine hits it out of the park again!

Carolyn H.

Terrific course

Heather R. W.

Of all the CLE courses I have ever taken, this was probably the best and the most worth the time and energy it took to watch.

Richard Q.

Life Changing

Mark G.

Ms Tone is an inspirational counselor with an essential message. Very thoughtful and effective presentation. THANK YOU!

Tami M.

This course was extremely helpful. I especially appreciated that the listener could order a free work/life balance book at the end of the presentation.

Catherine H.

very good presenter and interesting material, thank you and keep surfing : )

Shelli B.

One of the better courses on this subject

Robert G.

Solid points made.

Melinda Noelle M.

Great speaker, very interesting presentation

Eric H.

I really enjoyed this CLE, I hope Lawline has Francine teach more on this subject in the future.

Mayson P.

One of the best online CLEs I've ever done.

R. Christopher R.

Cannot recommend this seminar enough!

Gail T.

One of the best programs I have listened to on Lawline.

Clarisse T.

Really great course -- would recommend to all lawyers.

Michael S.

Absolutely terrific!

Catherine P.

Fantastic course!

Linda R.

The absolute best speaker, attorney and person I have had the privilege to hear on Lawline.. Thank you.

Jeffrey H.

She is an effective presenter

Vannoroth I.

Informative CLE! Charismatic and likable presenter.

Anne O.

Very engaging and inspiring.

Joel H.

This is the second time listening to this speaker. She does a wonderful job. I highly recommend keeping her on here as a presenter. She does a great job. Very enjoyable.

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