Monday Morning Answers #171

Welcome to Monday!

Friday’s questions are here.  The answers (including to last weeks’ Final Jeopardy clues) follow today’s Honor Roll.

Honor Roll


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.  See, Rule 1.6, Comment 3(“The confidentiality rule . . . applies not only to matters communicated in confidence by the client but also to all information relating to the representation, whatever the source.)
  • 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.

FALSE.  Rule 1.18(b).

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?

Deposit Lawyer’s (or Firm’s) own money into a client trust account.  See, Rule 1.15(b).

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.

A & B appear in Rule 3.7, the rule that applies when a lawyer is a witness.  C is in Rule 3.3, the rule on candor to a tribunal.

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.

The Simpsons. No less than THREE different readers reminded me that Hutz taught us the importance of proper punctuation.  I love my readers!


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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 2-4. I didn’t get Monday’s or 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.’”

What is Victoria Falls?


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

What is Scrabble?


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

Who is Maurice Sendak?


  • 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.’”

What is Hotel California?