Five for Friday #124

Welcome to Friday!

It’s been a while since the last quiz.  Summer has that effect on me.  Anyhow, when we last met, Scott Mapes predicted that either France, Croatia, Belgium, or Spain would win the World Cup.

Talk about competence!

In case you missed it, France, Croatia and Belgium advanced to the semi-finals, with France defeating Croatia in last weekend’s final.  Basically, Scott did Meatloaf one better: 3 out of 4 ain’t bad!

As for this weekend, for me, it’s all about the VBA.

Oh no, my friends, don’t get me wrong – I’m not working or doing anything law-related this weekend.

No, no, no.

I’m talking about the other VBA – the Vermont Brewers Association!  Later today, the Vermont Brewers Festival opens in Waterfront Park.  I highly recommend it!

Vermont Brewers Association Logo

#vtbrewfest  #summerz2short

Onto the quiz!


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True or false.

By rule, expenses must be deducted from a recovery before a lawyer’s share of a contingent fee is calculated.


Attorney ran an advertisement that said Attorney “specializes in family law.”  Which is most accurate?

  • A.   the ad violates the rules.  Variants of “specialist” are not allowed.
  • B.   the ad violates the rules.  The only area of practice in which a lawyer can advertise as a specialist is Admiralty law.
  • C.   a Comment to a rule suggests that if Attorney specializes in family law, the ad does not violate the rules.
  • D.   Vermont’s rules do not ban ads that use words like “specialist” or “specializes in,” but hearing panels of the Professional Responsibility Board have consistently found such ads to be “inherently misleading.”


Which does not belong with the others?

  • A.   The two matters are not the same or substantially related to each other.
  • B.   The lawyer reasonably believes that the lawyer will be able to provide competent and diligent representation to each affected client.
  • C.   The representation does not involve the assertion of a claim by one client against another client represented by the lawyer in the same litigation or other proceeding before a tribunal;
  • D.   Each affected client gives informed consent, confirmed in writing.


Lawyer opened a new pooled-interest-bearing trust account.  How much of Lawyer’s own money is Lawyer allowed to deposit into the account?

  • A.  $0
  • B.   No more than $100
  • C.   No more than $500
  • D.   An amount reasonably necessary to pay service charges or fees on the account, and only for the sole purpose of paying those charges or fees.

Question 5

The bar exam is next week.  Best wishes to all who are taking it!  Trust me – I’m living proof that passing is not an impossible mission.

Anyhow, speaking of the bar exam and impossible missions, Mitch McDeere graduated from Harvard Law.  He took a job as an associate at Bendini, Lambert & Locke in Memphis and started working before he took the bar exam.  Others with whom he worked made it very clear to Mitch that no associate at Bendini, Lambert & Locke had ever failed the bar exam.

Later in the movie, we learned that some of Mitch’s co-workers had little regard for the ethics rules.

Name the movie.



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