Five for Friday #188

Welcome to Friday!

Those of you familiar with my disdain for winter — put your coffee down before reading further.

Today, I’m heading north.

That’s right, in a few short hours I’ll be on the road to Montreal for the VBA/YLD Thaw.  Later today, before Thaw Bowl VII, I’m moderating a panel on attorney wellness.

One of the points/questions that I intend to make/ask is that, as with many issues facing this profession, there are lots of little things that we can do each day to improve wellness.  Things that would never be the key recommendation of a study group, but things, nonetheless, that would make incremental improvement. And, after all, incremental improvement is improvement. Maybe that’s what study groups should recommend: small things, like making a difference one day and one starfish at a time.

Speaking of which, I think I found a small thing that would improve my own wellness and perhaps the state of mind of those who share my feelings toward winter.  It’s the damn weather app on my phone. Check this out:

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Now, true care truth brings, I’ve never been confused with a tech guru or science guy.  But, I’ve heard of math. And I’m pretty sure that THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS NEGATIVE ZERO!  And my phone is still on Fahrenheit!

Would 0 or +0 make me happier about the runs I have planned in the city this weekend?


But that minus sign is an unnecessary twisting of the knife.  Fixing it would go a long way towards wellness for all.  Coders: sun lovers like me are your starfish. Save us one small step at a time.

By the way, given that the week’s number includes “88,” my mind drifts back to 2017 and a happier January trip. One that included hanging with Junior in Key West.


Onto the quiz!


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

Lawyer represents Client in Client v. Adversary.   Lawyer knows that Attorney represents Adversary.     Adversary calls Lawyer directly to discuss settlement.   Attorney has not consented to direct communication between Lawyer and Adversary.  Which is most accurate?  The no-contact rule:

  • A.  Does not apply because Adversary initiated the communication.
  • B.   Prohibits Lawyer from communicating with Adversary.
  • C.   Prohibits Lawyer from communicating with Adversary, unless Adversary is also a lawyer.
  • D.   None of the above is even close to accurate.

Question 2

Me: “Do not state or imply that you’re disinterested.  And, if you know that the person misunderstands your role, correct their misunderstanding.”

Given my statement, the “person” must be ______.

  • A.  adverse to lawyer’s client
  • B.  unrepresented
  • C.  a witness
  • D.  a juror

Question 3

Lawyer represents Client in Client v. Organization.   Lawyer knows that Attorney represents Organization.  Under the Rules of Professional Conduct, does Lawyer need Attorney’s consent to discuss the case with former employees of Organization?

  • A.   No.
  • B.    Yes.
  • C.  Yes, but only if they were part of the “control group.”
  • D.   Yes, unless their departure from Organization was involuntary.

Question 4

Lawyer drafted a will for Client.  Lawyer’s child benefits under the will.   For Lawyer to avoid a disciplinary prosecution:

  • A.   Client must be related to Lawyer’s child.
  • B.   Lawyer must be married to Client.
  • C.   Client must be an attorney.
  • D.  None of the above.  This is a violation no matter what

Question 5

Two weeks in a row!

Yes, I’m on my way to Canada.  But I’ll be back.  Mom – don’t worry. When I finally decide to move, I’ll tell you before I announce it on the blog.

Anyhow, Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Sussex was born in Canada. Later, she played a paralegal-turned-lawyer on a long-running tv show.  As I alluded to last week, she and Prince Harry recently caused a commotion in the Commonwealth by announcing their plans to leave England for Canada (and the U.S.)

Originally coined by a British tabloid, what is the one-word name that encompasses anything & everything related to the uproar over the Prince & Princess’s decision to depart Great Britain?

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