Five For Friday – Declaration(s) of Independence (Day) Edition

Rain got you down?  Well, get up!  It’s Friday before a weekend that, I suspect, many of you might be turning into a long weekend.  That’s something, rain or shine.

Not convinced?  All I can do is urge you to put your own sun into summer.  If you don’t, it won’t be long until I’m running the Labor Day edition of #fiveforfriday and you’re wondering what you did with your summer.

And if all else fails, this should help: an ethics free #fiveforfriday!  In honor of the weekend, today’s quiz strays from legal ethics, with each question involving Independence Day, independence, or declarations thereof.


Usually this quiz is open book/open search engine as part of my dastardly plot to get lawyers to read the Rules of Professional Conduct.  The exception: Question 5.  This week, however, every question is in the vein of a “normal” question 5.  So, let’s do this: try to keep this closed book, but know that it I don’t really care. Otherwise:

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Question 1

Name the lawyer who is the only U.S. President to have been born on July 4.

I understand that you have 45 choices.  Most readers of this blog, however, should be able to narrow it down to a 50/50.

Question 2

Did I say “ethics free?”  Oops.  It was mere puffery.

Rule 8.4(d) prohibits lawyers from engaging in “conduct that is prejudicial to the administration of justice.”

In July 1776, a relatively well-known document was approved.  It included a section that is often referred to as “the indictment.”  In the document, who was indicted for, among other things, “obstruct[ing] the Administration of Justice by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers?”

Question 3

In January 1777, a group of people declared independence from the various jurisdictions laying claim to their land, forever declaring “a free and independent jurisdiction . . . hereafter to be called, known and distinguished by the name of New-Connecticut.”

What’s it called now?

Question 4

The first public reading of the Declaration of Independence was on July 8, 1776.  The reading took place at what, at the time, was the Pennsylvania State House.

What was used to summon the public to the reading?

Question 5

Seinfeld is never far from this blog.  As Independence Day approaches, let us never forget that dark moment in time when Independent George was under threat.

In the dialogue below, what’s the word that fills in the blanks? Hint: the same word goes in each blank.

  • George:  “You have no idea of the magnitude of this thing.  If she is allowed to infiltrate this world then George Costanza as you know him ceases to exist  You see, right now I have _____________  George.  But there is also Independent George.  That’s the George you know, the George you grew up with…..Movie George, Coffee Shop George, Liar George, Bawdy George.”
  • Jerry: “I love that George.”
  • George: “Me too! And he’s dying.  If ____________ George walks thru this door, he will kill Independent George.  A George divided against itself cannot stand!”