Five for Friday #19

Cheer up!

Yes, it’s rainy and cold.  But, two things should brighten your day.

First, we’re five days into the baseball season and only once has a Red Sox starting pitcher had a terrible outing!  (those of you know that the Sox have only played two games, stop bringing me down & confusing things with numbers).

Second, it’s time for another version of Five for Friday!

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Question 1

Next week, the Senate Government Operations Committee will review legislation that, if adopted as currently written, will subject lawyers to regulatory oversight by the Secretary of State and Assistant Judges for conduct committed while serving as:

  • A.  lobbyists
  • B.  escrow agents
  • C.  title insurers
  • D.  notaries

Question 2

This is a “what am I” question:

  • I am a way to help provide access to legal services for those who might not be able to afford a lawyer.
  • I am specifically authorized by Rules for Family Proceedings and the Rules of Civil Procedure
  • I am specifically authorized by the Vermont Rules of Professional Conduct
  • Under the Rules of Professional Conduct, I am allowed only if (a) I am reasonable in the circumstances, and (b) the client gives informed consent.

What am I?

Question 3

There are two rules the prohibit certain attorneys from negotiating for employment with a person who is involved as a party or lawyer in a matter in which the attorneys are participating personally and substantially.  By their terms, the rules only apply to which two types of attorneys?

  • A.prosecutors & public defenders
  • B. prosecutors & any criminal defense attorney, public or private
  • C.  lawyers who are judges & lawyers who are public employees/officers
  • D.  lawyers who are judges & lawyers who are law clerks

Question 4

Spouse A and Spouse B ask Lawyer to mediate their divorce. Like the marriage, mediation fails miserably.   Which is most accurate under Vermont’s ethics rules?

  • A. Lawyer may represent Spouse A, but only if Lawyer did not receive information from Spouse B that could be “significant harmful” to Spouse B in the divorce
  • B. Lawyer may not represent Spouse A or Spouse B and his conflict necessarily disqualifies other lawyers in his firm
  • C. If mediation failed before an actual mediation session, Lawyer does not have a conflict
  • D. Whether Lawyer has a conflict turns on whether Lawyer’s participation as a mediator was “personal and substantial.”

Question 5

With baseball back in season….

…..Benedict Short as an attorney in Illinois. I have no reason to believe that he was unethical.  However, in a famous trial, he represented several baseball players who were eventually banned from the sport, baseball’s equivalent of disbarment.  The players were banned for conspiring to fix some of the season’s most important games.

For 1 point each, name the movie that recounted the scandal, and name the most famous of Attorney Scott’s  baseball-playing clients.