Monday Morning Answers: St. Patrick’s Day 2017


I should be disbarred from NCAA tournament pools.  That’s all I’m saying on that topic.

Friday’s questions are HERE.  The answers follow today’s Honor Roll.


  • Matt Anderson, Esq.
  • Penny Bennelli, Esq.
  • Beth DeBernardi, Esq.
  • Laura Gorsky
  • Anthony Iarrapino, Esq.
  • Glenn Jarrett, Esq.
  • Patrick Kennedy, First Brother
  • John Leddy, Esq.
  • Pam Marsh, Esq.
  • Joe McNeil, Esq.
  • Hal Miller, Esq.
  • Kane Smart, Esq.
  • Emily Tredeau, Esq.
  • Rusty Valsangiacomo, Esq.


Question 1

There’s a rule that includes the following sentence: “A communication is false or misleading if it contains a material misrepresentation of fact or law, or omits a fact necessary to make the statement considered as a whole not materially misleading.”

It’s in the set of rules that deals with:

  • A.   Candor to the Court
  • B.   Conduct involving dishonesty, deceit, misrepresentation, and fraud
  • C.   Fairness to Opposing Party and Counsel
  • D.   Advertising/Communications Concerning a Lawyer’s Services.  See, V.R.Pr.C. 7.1

Question 2

Client asks Lawyer to draft a will.   Client intends the will to bequeath a substantial sum to Lawyer’s daughter.

Which is most accurate?

  • A.  Lawyer may not draft the will.
  • B.  Lawyer may not draft the will unless Client gives informed consent
  • C.   Lawyer may not draft the will unless Client gives informed consent, confirmed in writing.
  • D.  Lawyer may not draft the will unless Client is related to Lawyer’s daughter.  See, V.R.Pr.C. 1.8(c).

Question 3

“Astroturfing” is word that is slowly becoming more common in the world of legal ethics. The word is most often used to describe:

  • A.   A lawyer’s practice of posting fake positive reviews & testimonials online.  Check out this blog from North Carolina.
  • B.   A lawyer’s purchase of e-mail distribution lists for mass marketing purposes
  • C.   A lawyer’s surreptitious uses of social media to investigate an adversary
  • D.   A prospective client who consults with as many different firms as possible, attempting to create conflicts that will prohibit the firms from representing the client’s adversary.

Question 4

In legal ethics, “lateral transfers” often give rise to concerns related to:

  • A.   The trust accounting rules
  • B.   Fraudulent conveyances
  • C.   Conflicts of Interest.  Last Thursday, I posted a blog on this topic.  So far, I’ve only received 2 comments on the topic. I’ll share the (without identifying the commenters) in tomorrow’s post. If you’d like to chime in before then, please do.
  • D.   The failure to take reasonable precautions in the electronic storage or transmission of client information.

Question 5

Agnes McDermott was from County Roscommon in Ireland.  She left the Emerald Isle for the U.S., where she met and married a man named William.  Believe it or not, William was also from County Roscommon.  They settled in Newark, New Jersey.

In 1906, the couple had a son.  In 1956, President Eisenhower appointed their son to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Name the U.S. Supreme Court justice whose parents were from County Roscommon in Ireland.

The couple named their son after his father.  The answer is Justice William Brennan, Jr.