Welcome to #172!
It’s been a while since I’ve been able to tie the quiz number to the intro. I guess that’s what happens when you get into the 100s. Yet, the stars aligned today.
I took up running in 2006. Back then, my goal was to finish one leg of the relay in the Vermont City Marathon. I accomplished my goal, completing my 5.2 mile leg.
From there, my goals evolved: finish a half-marathon, finish a marathon, qualify for Boston. All sorts of new challenges that not only drove me, but that fed my love for running.
This year, my running goal is to complete at least one half-marathon in 10 different states or provinces. On Sunday, I’m running a half-marathon in Rockport, MA. It’ll be my 6th state. I’m looking forward to it more than I’ve looked forward to the past few that I’ve run.
The first 3 – Tennessee, Vermont, Indiana – were a ton of fun. The 10-state goal was still new & exciting, and my times improved in each race.
Then, in early June, I hit a lull. Summer and its amenities distracted me from training as often or as hard. Yes, I finished half-marathons in Maine and Illinois. Yes, each trip was fantastic. The races, however, weren’t fun or exciting. Each was a grind, running just to tick off another state on the slog to 10. I felt like I was going through the motions. I didn’t love running.
So why do I think Sunday will be different? Because I’ve added something new to the mix.
I entered what’s called The Triple Threat Challenge:
- 8:00 AM – 1-mile race
- 8:30 AM – 5K
- 9:30 AM – Half Marathon
I’ve never run an event like this. While it presents a new challenge, Sunday will also bring me back to why I took up running: the challenge of competing against myself to accomplish something that I’ve not done before.
I think it happens to all of us. Without really noticing it, “fresh and exciting” becomes “the same old, same old.” Indeed, the me that existed in 2007 never would’ve envisioned being bored during a half marathon or slogging through a run for no other reason than to say I finished. Rather, I embraced and enjoyed the challenge of finishing. I look forward to doing so again on Sunday. The challenge has me excited.
Don’t live life going through the motions. Whatever it is that you don’t enjoy quite as much as you used to, find a way to make it as exciting and challenging as it was when you first started doing it. That’s part of well-being.
Which reminds me: if you’re a lawyer whose practice has become routine, contact Mary Ashcroft. Mary is the VBA’s Legal Access Coordinator and will be more than happy to assign you a pro or low bono case that’ll bring you back to what made you excited to be a lawyer in the first place.
Oh, the tie-in to the quiz number? It’s week 172. The total miles in the Triple Threat Challenge?
- 1 mile = 1 mile
- 5K = 3.1 miles
- Half Marathon = 13.1 miles
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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- I’ll post the answers & Honor Roll on Monday
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Fill in the blank. (It’s 1 word).
By rule, a lawyer shall __________ a matter to the extent reasonably necessary to permit the client to make informed decisions regarding the representation.
Attorney called me with an ethics inquiry. I listed, then said “a comment to the rule makes it clear that the rule doesn’t apply to an organization’s former constituents.”
Given my statement, it is most likely that Attorney called me to discuss the rule that deals with what topic?
An attorney called me with an inquiry. I listened. To clarify, I asked the following question:
- “Ok. I’m not clear. Will someone other than the person committing the act be harmed?”
Based upon my question, what general ethics topic did the attorney call me to discuss?
What am I?
- I can be a tool to help provide access to legal services for those who might not be able to afford a lawyer.
- I am specifically authorized by Rules for Family Proceedings and the Rules of Civil Procedure.
- Per Vermont Rules of Professional Conduct, I am permitted if I am reasonable under the circumstances and the client gives informed consent.
Again, what am I?
Question 5 (and bonus)
Having spent some time at the bar exam this week . . .
In 2002, one of Hollywood’s megastars was nominated for the Golden Globe for Best Actor for his work playing a character named Frank Abergnale, Jr. The movie also starred Tom Hanks as an FBI agent named Carl.
Here’s an exchange from the movie:
Carl: “How’d you do it Frank? How did you cheat on the bar exam in Louisiana?
Frank: “I didn’t cheat. I studied for two week and I passed.”
Name the movie and the actor who played Frank.