Five for Friday #101: The Mix Tape Edition

Welcome to Friday!

Headed down south, to the land of the pines, and I’m thumbin’ my way into North Caroline.

Oh wait, that’s for later today.

Soooooo . . . 101!

101 makes me think of DC101.  It’s an alt rock station in Washington, D.C.  I first encountered the station in August 1990.  Back then, it played mainstream rock.  And when this kid arrived in town for his 1L year at GW Law, well, I was hooked.

As I spent this week pondering what I’d write about in this intro, I sensed that it’d be DC101  The more my thoughts percolated, a nagging feeling grew that, somewhere, I had a DC101 mix tape.

(Aside – if you’re too young to know what a “mix tape” is, don’t let anybody tell you that you’re missing out.  You’re not.  I made & listened to mix tapes.  Anyone who tells you that they prefer pause/rewind/fast-forward/eject/flip-over to streaming whatever song they want, whenever they want, spent too much time outside in the cold over New Year’s.)

Without a hat on.

Now, back to my nagging feeling of having saved a mix tape.

In addtion to a notion that I’d saved a mix tape, I had an inkling that it would have The Black Crowes on it.  Why? Because I have an enduring memory of listening to DC101 for hours in my 1L apartment, waiting & waiting  & waiting to hit “record” as soon as Jealous Again came on.

So, I searched for the tape.

I found it.



Ummm….can we talk about what a dork I must have been?

Here’s the DC101 logo:

Image result for dc 101 logo

Look again at the pictures of my mix tape.


At the time, I wasn’t 7 years old.  I was in my FIRST YEAR IN LAW SCHOOL!  Oh my word.

Alas, I no longer have a cassette player, and I can’t find the little plastic thing into which I’d have dutifully tucked my hand-written song list.  So, I don’t know what songs are on the tape. Unless a reader finds me a cassette player – perhaps yours is stored next to your Betamax? – we’ll never know.

Still, it’s clear that I made the tape in November 1990.  I did a little research and, as it turns out, Hard to Handle peaked at #1 on the rock charts on November 10, 1990.  Since they were on the same album, maybe Jealous Again was getting air time as well.  Or, maybe, I’m confusing the two.

One thing I’m not confused about is this:  I remember exactly where I was the first time that I ever heard November Rain.  I was on the Memorial Bridge, riding shotgun with Todd Sinkins.  Todd was my good friend, and 2L/3L roommate, and teammate on O.P.P., the greatest IM football team in the history of law schools.  As we were driving back to our apartment in Arlington, a song came on the radio.  Todd was super excited & said something like “wow. I can’t believe they’re playing this song. It’s so long!”

Yes it is.  But for many years now, whenever I venture down the YouTube or Vevo rabbit hole, the journey usually includes a stop at November Rain.

What’s the November Rain story got to do with the mix tape?

The station Todd & I were listening to that day:

Image result for dc 101 logo

Mama rock me.

Onto the quiz!


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  • Exception:  Question 5.  We try to play that one honest.
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Question 1

Which is different from the others and, arguably, does not belong:

  • A.  The amount of the fee and the results obtained.
  • B.  Whether the fee is fixed or contingent.
  • C.  The fact that the client paid the fee.
  • D.  The reputation & ability of the lawyer who performed the services that generated the fee.

Question 2

Fill in the blank.  (two words)

Even if it does not give rise to a conflict under Rule 1.7 or 1.9, I often caution lawyers against taking a case in which it’s likely they’ll have to depose or cross-examine a      ______            _______       .

Question 3

The Vermont Rules of Professional Conduct require:

  • A.   Three-way reconciliation of trust accounts.
  • B.   An actual signature (as opposed to a signature stamp) on trust account checks.
  • C.   Collected funds prior to disbursement.
  • D.   All of the above

Question 4

It’s most likely that “Web Bugs” pose ethical dilemmas for attorneys who:

  • A.  Include them in emails to opposing counsel
  • B.  Review an adverse party’s social media presence
  • C.  Review a juror’s social media presence
  • D.  Use cloud vendors that do not encrypt data that is at rest

Question 5

I’ve blogged often on licensing paralegals to practice law.

A non-lawyer gained fame for her legal work on behalf of a class of plaintiffs whose drinking water had been polluted with hexavalent chromium.  The defendant was the Pacific Gas & Electric Company.

Part 1:  Name the non-lawyer

Part 2:  Name the actress who, in ’01, won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of the non-lawyer.



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