They all love what they do...primarily because it’s fun... many others in the same occupations don’t enjoy what they do... it is not WHAT they do that counts, but HOW they do it.  
Professor Mihaly Csikszetmihalyi, Flow (2008)
The Joyful Lawyers: How do they do it?
Many lawyers are unhappy with their vocation and their normal daily tasks.  There are many, however, who love their work and can’t wait to get to it each day.  This SURVEY explores the goals, attitudes, habits and ethical values that result in joy and happiness on a daily basis.  Best practices can be creatively crafted to meet the individual expectations for success and balance while providing effective representation for clients.
This SURVEY should take about 20 minutes to complete. Responses will be compiled as part of the Happy Effective Lawyer Happiness Initiative by Happy Effective Lawyer, LLC.  Responses will not be attributed to you or otherwise identify you by name without your express email permission.  Responses may be quoted or summarized without attribution in a manner that is not intended to identify you by name, including in articles, presentations, or websites.

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* 1. Contact Information

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* 2. What is your gender?

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* 3. What year were you admitted to practice?

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* 4. Which of the following best describe your duties?

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* 5. How many years have you been employed in the law department as a lawyer? 

For the following activities, how many hours, on average, do you spend on each in a typical MONTH (Questions 6-16)

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* 6. Administrative (Including meetings & reports)

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* 7. Business Development (Including presentations & attending conferences)

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* 8. Personnel Management

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* 9. Mentoring

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* 10. Litigation (Court or ADR appearances/hearings)

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* 11. Litigation Drafting Documents

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* 12. Transactional Tasks (Preparing Documents, etc.)

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* 13. Transactional: Advising clients, meetings, etc.

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* 14. Researching & Authoring Publications

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* 15. Professional Learning (Reading, listservs, Ted Talks, websites, etc.)

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* 16. Professional Groups Participation

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* 17. Researchers have described people at their peak performance often feel totally engaged and have a loss of sense of time and are confident they are producing high-quality work. Sometimes this is called "being in the zone". 

List the top three activities in order from the most likely to put you "in the zone" to the least likely from the following list:
Administrative, business development, personnel management, mentoring, litigation, litigation drafting documents, transactional tasks, transactional (advising clients, etc.), researching/authoring publications, professional learning, professional groups participation. 
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* 18. In the past 12 months, which of the following educational activities (not work related) have you voluntarily participated in?

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* 19. Currently I feel joy or am very satisfied in my work as an in-house lawyer.

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* 20. In the past, I felt joy and satisfaction in my work as a lawyer.

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* 21. Please provide details on past happiness including what has changed since then such as employment as a judicial clerk, private practice, government lawyer, etc.

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* 22. Do you feel valued at work? Both by leadership and/or the client.

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* 23. Do you believe you will be able to reach your full potential here?

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* 24. Do you foresee yourself leaving in the next two years?

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* 25. On a scale of 1-10, how comfortable do you feel giving feedback to your supervisor? (10 being the most comfortable)
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* 26. On a scale of 1-10, how well does the law department promote mentoring? (10 being the best)
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* 27. On a scale of 1-10, how well does the law department promote professional enhancement/perpetual learning? (10 being the best)

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* 28. What policies or practices promote happy and effective representation?

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* 29. What habits or strategies have you developed to promote peak performance?

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* 30. On a scale of 1-10, I feel that I have the tools and resources to do my job well. (10 being the best)

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* 31. On a scale of 1-10, my work gives me a sense of personal accomplishment. (10 being the best).

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* 32. Do you participate in pro bono legal work? If so, how satisfying do you find the work on a scale of 1-10 (10 being the most satisfied).

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* 33. By participating in pro bono work, is it promoting happiness and/or improving performance in your daily work? Please explain.

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* 34. On a scale of 1-10, how satisfied are you with your involvement in decisions that affect your work? (10 being the most satisfied)

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* 35. What are some time management techniques that you successfully utilize?

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* 36. When confronted with a stressful situation during the work day, what techniques do you use to reduce stress or improve performance?

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* 37. What contemplative, religious and/or spiritual practices, if any, are central to your lifestyle and engaged in weekly?

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* 38. What therapeutic practices do you routinely engage in?

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* 39. Which of the following physical activities are part of your weekly routine?

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* 40. What leisure activities are part of your lifestyle and you engage in routinely?

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* 41. What advice would you give to new in-house attorneys to promote happiness and professional achievement?

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* 42. What advice would give to the general counsel to promote happiness and improve performance?

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* 43. Do you feel the organization's mission, values, and culture promote happiness and effective representation by individual lawyers?

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* 44. Would you, or do you, encourage your children, family members, or friends to become lawyers?

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* 45. Would/is your encouragement, or lack thereof, be dependent of the gender of the child/family member/friend? Explain.

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* 46. If I had to do it over again, I would become a lawyer.

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* 47. Additional Comments

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