Five for Friday #201

Welcome to Friday!

As usual, much of my Thursday night involved pondering Friday’s post.  I settled on converting “201” into “two of one.”  It eventually led to the recommendation I’m going to make for your weekend.  But first, let me explain the “two of one” construct.

Ozark is a good example.  Of the shows I’ve binged, re-binged, and re-re-binged over the past 7 weeks, Ozark is my favorite. When Season 3 dropped, I re-watched Season 2 to remind myself what had happened.  There it is: 2 seasons of 1 show.  Two of one.

I don’t know how y’all stream, but I’m monogamous. Whatever show I’m into, until I’ve made it through the entire show, it’s the only show I watch.

Confession: I stepped out on Ozark, Season 3. 

Bored, I thought it’d be fun to alternate episodes of Ozark with episodes of another of my all-time favorite shows, Arrested Development.  For those of you who don’t know, Jason Bateman stars in each.  Apparently more addled with the fog & malaise of the times than I’d realized, it’s disturbing how easily entertained I was as I interspersed the shows. No joke: I laughed out loud picturing Michael and the Bluth family laundering money for the cartel while Marty Byrde makes Charlotte run The Banana Stand for the summer.

Anyhow, two shows starring Jason Bateman.  Two of one.

My “two of one” also includes music.

I could put the concert version of “The Weight” by The Band on repeat, stream it to the speakers in the Garage Bar, and listen all night.  During the pandemic, however, I’ve been mesmerized by the cover of “The Weight” that Robbie Robertson, Ringo Starr, and many others did for Playing For Change.  They released the video last September, long before we’d ever heard of the coronavirus.  I didn’t discover it until late March.  I’m fascinated by the extent to which the video feels like social distancing, and how it reflects our current use of technology to generate a sense of togetherness during a global crisis.

Anyhow, two versions of “The Weight.”  Two of one.

I’ve blathered long enough. Here’s my recommendation for the weekend.

Literally and figuratively, every single one of us could use a sunny day.  Well, if a “sunny day” can be reduced to a single thing, we’re about to get two of that thing. Two of one.  Whatever it is that you do to find peace, love and happiness on a sunny day, I hope you do it (safely) this weekend.

Keep rowing folks.  Happy Days are ahead.

Onto the quiz!

Rules

  • None! Open book, open search engine, text-a-friend.
  • Exception:  Question 5.  We try to play that one honest.
  • Unless stated otherwise, the Vermont Rules of Professional Conduct apply.
  • Team entries welcome, creative team names even more welcome.
  • E-mail answers to michael.kennedy@vermont.gov
  • I’ll post the answers & Honor Roll on Monday.
  • Please don’t use the “comment” feature to post your answers.
  • Please consider sharing the quiz with friends & colleagues.
  • Share on social media.  Hashtag it – #fiveforfriday

Question 1

How many hours of pro bono legal services do the Rules suggest a lawyer should provide each year?

  • A.   50, and the rule applies to all lawyers.
  • B.   50, but the rule exempts government lawyers.

Question 2

I often mention “7 Cs of Legal Ethics.”  Each is a single word that begins with the letter “C.”  The construct is a helpful tool to remember the basics.

Anyhow, there is a rule that includes an exception that allows a lawyer to do something otherwise prohibited in order “to establish a claim or defense . . . .in a controversy between the lawyer and client.”

What is the “C” associated with the rule?

Question 3

In Vermont, a lawyer has a duty to take reasonable remedial measures upon learning that a client or witness called by the lawyer has offered material evidence that is false.  Per the applicable rule, this includes, if necessary, disclosure to the tribunal.  By rule, how long does the duty continue?

  • A.  until the lawyer is allowed to withdraw.
  • B.  until the conclusion of the proceeding.
  • C.  forever.
  • D.  Trick question.  There is no circumstance in which a lawyer is authorized to inform a tribunal that a client submitted false evidence, even if the evidence was material.

Question 4

Former Client contends that Attorney committed malpractice.  They meet.  Former Client is not represented.  Former Client and Attorney discuss a settlement.

By rule, what must Attorney do before settling?

  • A.  advise Former Client in writing of the desirability of seeking independent legal advice related to the matter.
  • B.  give Former Client a reasonable amount of time to seek independent legal advice related to the matter.
  • C.  stop settlement discussions because lawyers are prohibited from settling malpractice claims with former clients who are not represented by counsel.
  • D.  A and B.

Question 5

Speaking of Arrested Development, the show includes 3 of my favorite fictional attorneys. Julia Louis-Dreyfuss appeared in a handful of episodes as Maggie Lizer, an ethically challenged prosecutor.

The other two attorneys are Barry Zuckerkorn and Bob Loblaw.  The former struggles with the duty of competence, while the latter runs the greatest blog in the history of blogs: The Bob Loblaw Law Blog.  Here’s Zuckerkorn’s business card.   For the question that follows, it’s literally the second biggest hint in the history of hints, behind only the hint in the introduction to the quiz.

5 Life Lessons from Barry Zuckerkorn

Arrested Development debuted in 2004.  However, the actors who play Zuckerkorn and Loblaw also appeared together in a popular comedy that debuted in 1974.  Name that show that debuted in 1974.

 

 

 

 

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