Five for Friday #36: Get on The Bus!

Allison Wannop, this one’s for you.

Welcome to Week 36 of Five for Friday. This week honors Jerome Bettis.  Right about this time 11 years ago, Steeler fans were about to hop on The Bus for a season in which he helped lead us to One For The Thumb and one step closer to the top of the Stairway to Seven.

To the questions we go!  Remember:

  • No rules.   You may use whatever resource(s) you’d like.
  • Except for #5. For that one, you’re limited to your brain.
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  • Answers will be posted in Monday morning.

Question 1

Last month, the State Bar of Texas issued an advisory ethics opinion that was heavy on terms like “SEO” and “competitive keywords.”  What legal ethics topic did the opinion address?

  • A.  Internet advertising & marketing
  • B.  Online legal research
  • C.  Diligence/Competence in Patent & Trademark Law
  • D.  Self Employed Operators of title companies

Question 2

In July, the South Carolina Bar issued an advisory ethics opinion that has stirred national debate (and controversy).  The debate includes attorney regulators, bar associations, and companies like Avvo. It might soon include a federal court or the Federal Trade Commission. The debate centers on:

  • A.  Advising Clients on Marijuana-Related Issues
  • B.  Attorney Advertising & Sharing Fees with Non-Lawyers
  • C.  Banking Regulations & Trust Accounting Standards
  • D.  Multi-Jurisdictional Practice of Law

Question 3

Lawyer called me with an inquiry. I listened, then responded: “A lot of lawyers do the same thing. It’s not quite that simple. I’ll tell you what I tell everyone: if down the road you decide to withdraw, don’t forget that you’ll have a former client on your hands, which will raise issues you’ll have to consider.”

What general ethics topic did Lawyer call to discuss?

Question 4

Attorney called me with an inquiry. I listened, then responded: “The Comment says that former employees are fair game.”

What general ethics topic did Attorney call to discuss?

Question 5

Leonard Kachinsky is a real-life attorney in Wisconsin.  Earlier this year, he gained national attention after binge watchers everywhere learned that he had engaged in some, umm, questionable conduct while he represented a client in a criminal case.  This week, he was back in the news: a federal judge overturned the conviction of Kachinsky’s client.

The judge cited coercive interrogation techniques as the basis for overturning the conviction.  However, he also noted that Kachinsky’s representation of his (then) teen-aged client had been “inexcusable, both tactically and ethically.”

Name Kachinsky’s client.

(come on! did you think the question was going to be the simple & obvious one??)

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