Litigation is mentally taxing work. The court process involves a commitment by all parties to resolve contentious and emotionally charged disputes in a solemn setting. The stakes are often high and the outcomes uncertain. Demanding and difficult personalities come with the territory, along with stress and frustration.
Through it all, advocates must maintain self-control.
A loss of self-control signals disrespect for the Court and the other parties involved. Counsel must keep their emotions in check and not succumb to temper tantrums or emotional outbursts.
Maintaining an even keel is also critical for staying focused. Litigation demands a steadiness of mind under pressure. Counsel cannot afford to be distracted by a loss of composure.