Five for Friday #171

Welcome to Friday!

If you’re on vacation, stop reading now!  Wednesday’s post explains why.

If you’re still reading, I wasn’t going to post a quiz today.  I’m not much into blogging during July.  Never have been, never will be.

I am, however, into Jeopardy. Even in July, I watch nearly every night, if only to catch Final Jeopardy.

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This week, the contestants’ performance on Final Jeopardy has been nothing short of miserable.

Through 4 nights, the contestants have combined to go 3-12 on the final question.


Tough questions? You can decide for yourself: I’ve pasted them in below the quiz.  But it’s also possible that contestants didn’t practice.

My good readers: we shall practice! And we shall do so 1 week and 5 questions at a time.  After all, in the real world, on the horns of an ethics dilemma, 3 for 12 ain’t gonna cut it.

Therefore, as little as I like blogging in July . . .

. . . onto the quiz!


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  • Exception – but one that is loosely enforced – #5 (“loosely” = “aspirational”)
  • Unless stated otherwise, the Vermont Rules of Professional Conduct apply
  • Team entries welcome, creative team names even more welcome.
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Question 1

There’s a rule that prohibits a lawyer from disclosing information related to the representation of a client.  The rule encompasses:

  • A.  more information than is covered by the attorney-client privilege
  • B.  less information than is covered by the attorney-client privilege
  • C.  the exact same amount of information as is covered by the attorney-client privilege.
  • D.  I object to the premise of the question.  In fact, there is no such rule.

Question 2

Is the following statement true or false?

  • When a prospective client meets with but does not retain a lawyer, nothing in the Rules of Professional Conduct requires the lawyer to keep confidential the information that the prospective client shared in connection with the consultation.

Question 3

Lawyer called me with an inquiry.  Here’s my response:

  • “By rule, you may do so, but only for the sole purpose of paying service charges or fees on the account, and only in an amount necessary for that purpose.”

Do what?

Question 4

With respect to testimony, which is appears in a different rule than the others?

The testimony:

  • A.  relates to an uncontested issue.
  • B.  relates to the nature and value of legal services rendered in the case.
  • C.  was offered by the lawyer’s client, was material, and the lawyer comes to know that it was false.
  • D.   Not one.  They each appear in the same rule.

Question 5

Lionel Hutz was one of the most incompetent, unethical lawyers in the history of television.  Yet, the family at the center of one of TV’s longest running series continually hired him.

In one notable episode, Hutz sued a restaurant on behalf of a family member who was shut off despite the restaurant’s ads for an “all you can eat” seafood night.  Upon hearing the man’s story, Hutz responded “this is the most blatant case of fraudulent advertising since my case against the movie ‘The Never-Ending Story!'”

In another case, Hutz represented the man’s son after the boy had swallowed a piece of metal that was in a cereal box.  Hutz recovered $100,000 for the boy and kept $99,500 as a fee.

Earlier this year, the show was renewed for its 31st and 32nd seasons.  Yet, following Phil Hartman’s death in 1998, Hutz’s character was largely retired and hasn’t had a speaking role since.

Name the TV show.


In case you’re interested, here are the Final Jeopardy clues that flummoxed contestants this week.  Answering them is NOT required to enter this week’s quiz. I include them only for those who might be mildly interested.

I was 3-4. I didn’t get Wednesday’s.


  • Category:  Landmarks
  • “David Livingstone wrote of this discovery of his, ‘Scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight.'”


  • Category: Toys & Games
  • “The prototype for this game that was introduced in 1948 was called Lexiko.”


  • Category: Children’s Authors
  • “This author and illustrator who won the 1964 Caldicott Medal was dubbed ‘The Picasso of Children’s Books.”


  • Category: 1970’s Album Reviews
  • “Rolling Stone said this 1976 album had ‘the best & worst tendencies of L.A. situated rock’ and was an ‘unflattering portrait of the milieu.'”





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