Five for Friday #100

Welcome to #100!


But let me digress for a moment.

Sometimes all you can do in life is laugh.  And it makes me laugh when the obvious becomes breathlessly important.

Today’s example: the dire warnings to think twice about going outside in the dangerous wind chill.

Yes.  Because but for the -25 wind chill, I’d be outside enjoying the 0 degree weather.

Back to the topic at hand . . . 100!


Those of you around my age who grew up in Burlington and listened to rock radio might remember the FM station from Plattsburgh –  B100.   (It was actually 99.9 on your FM dial, but back then the only folks in the neighborhood with LED radio dials were The Jetsons).  Anyhow, B100 had what I thought was a catchy promo:  “You can live to B100.”  Get it?

When I started this quiz, I wasnt’ sure it’d live to be 3.  But here we are at 100! As bar counsel, what can I say except that it’s all about the Benjamins baby.

And that’s the last time Puffy will be referenced in one of these columns.  West Coast!

Today, I don’t have anything to say other than “thank you.”  I love writing the #fiveforfriday column, but as any ex would tell you, my love alone isn’t enough to make things last.  The only reason the quiz remains a thing is you.  Those of you who enter, those of you who share it on social media, and those of you who tell me that you don’t enter but read it every week.

In particular, thank you to everyone who has reached out to me in response to one of the various non-legal, non-ethics topics that has appeared in one of the preludes to a Friday quiz.  As you know, the intros usually involve sports, pop culture, or a memory of a particular year.  I post them to try to create connections.  It has worked. One of the most rewarding aspects of my job has been the connections, however small, made as a result of a common interest, memory, or bond related to those non-legal, non-ethics topics.

Thanks again.  And, now, onto the quiz!

Oh, but wait – one pop culture reference: if you’re looking for a funny, bingeable show (Season 1 is only 6 episodes) on this freezing cold weekend, check out Norsemen.  Here’s the headline from a review in The GuardianNorsemen review – Monty Python meets Game of Thrones in this Norwegian comedy.  The subtitle refers to one of the lead characters as a “David Brent-like buffoon.”

Monty Python, Game of Thrones, and David Brent?  Sign me up!

Now, for real, onto the quiz!


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Question 1

How long are lawyers required to keep records of funds held in trust?

  • A.   The rules are silent.  A Supreme Court opinion holds that records must be kept for at least 3 years from the termination of the representation.
  • B.   2 years from the termination of the representation.
  • C.   6 years from the termination of the representation.
  • D.   The rules set out different retention periods based on the nature of the case that gave rise to the representation.

Question 2

Obviously, a lawyer should always take steps to protect a client’s interests.

However, there is one rule that specifically states that “_______________________, a lawyer shall take steps to the extent reasonably practicable to protect a client’s interests . . ..”

(This is not a “fill in the blank,” but if I were to fill in the blank, it would give away the answer to the question.)

It’s the rule on:

  • A.  Competence
  • B.  Diligence
  • C.  Client Under a Disability
  • D.  Declining or Terminating Representation (Withdrawal)

Question 3

Lawyer called me with an inquiry.  I listened, then responded:

“Only if it’s reasonable to believe that you can provide competent & diligent representation to each, it’s not prohibited by law (whatever that means), they aren’t adversaries in the same case, and each provides informed consent, confirmed in writing.”

What general issue did Lawyer call to discuss?

Question 4

This week, the Department of Justice made an announcement that, arguably, has ethical implications for Vermont attorneys.  The announcement concerned:

  • A.   Immigration
  • B.   Privacy
  • C.  Marijuana
  • D.  Electronically Stored Information

Question 5

Even if you’ve never heard of Ted Buckland, Dr. Kelso, The Gooch, or New Sacred Heart Hospital, if you know a of clothing that’s common in a hospital, you can make an educated guess at this question.

Ted Buckland is in-house counsel at New Sacred Heart Hospital. He’s also one of the most pathetic and least competent lawyers in TV history.  Among other things,

  • Ted lived at home with his mother well into his adult life;
  • Although a lawyer, Ted’s mother thinks that he is a doctor;
  • He failed the bar exam 5 times, before passing it in Alaska;
  • Ted’s low self-esteem & chronic anxiety often leave him unable to provide Dr. Kelso, the hospital’s Chief of Medicine, with any legal advice, not to mention competent legal advice;
  • Once, a patient slipped & fell at the hospital.  Ted is so incompetent that his immediate response was to blame the fall on the patient’s slippers . . . not realizing that the patient was wearing hospital-supplied booties.
  • Ted is in a band.  It’s name is The Worthless Peons.
  • The Gooch broke Ted’s heart.
  • In one episode, Ted warned the hospital’s staff:

Finally, doctors, if there is a mistake, don’t admit it to the patient. Of course, if the patient is deceased – and you’re sure – you can feel free to tell him or her… anything.

The reason Ted’s mother thinks that he is doctor is because, once, he came home from work wearing a type of clothing that’s common in a hospital.  He told her he’d saved someone’s life that day.

Name the show on which Ted Buckland is in-house counsel at New Sacred Heart Hospital.








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