Five for Friday #209

Welcome to Friday!

I’m in Maine. With miles to run and waves to conquer, I’ll spend .209 milliseconds on this week’s intro:


Onto the quiz!


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Question 1

Which of the 7 C’s of Legal Ethics includes both wellness and understanding the risks & benefits of relevant technology?

Question 2

Lobster and Scallop are neighbors.  Last month, Lobster met with Lawyer to discuss representation in a dispute with Scallop.  Lobster chose not to retain Lawyer.  Now, Scallop wants to retain Lawyer in the same dispute.  Which is most accurate?

  • A.   If Lobster paid Lawyer for the consultation, Lawyer may not represent Scallop.
  • B.   Lawyer may not represent Scallop.
  • C.   Lawyer may represent Scallop.
  • D.   It will depend whether Lobster provided Lawyer with information that could be significantly harmful to Lobster in the dispute.

Question 3

Attorney called me with an inquiry.  I listened, then replied:

“For it to be okay, 3 things have to happen.  (1) It has to be in proportion to services you render, or, if not, you have to agree to assume joint responsibility for the representation; (2) the client has agree and confirm the agreement in writing; and, (3) the total has to be reasonable.”

What did Attorney call to discuss?

  • A.   a contingent fee agreement.
  • B.   entering into a limited representation agreement.
  • C.   sharing a fee with a lawyer in another firm.
  • D.   settling a malpractice claim with a former client who is not represented by counsel.

Question 4

There’s a rule that prohibits a lawyer from communicating about the subject of the representation with a person that the lawyer knows is represented by another lawyer in the matter.

Which is NOT an exception to the prohibition?

  • A.    The other lawyer consents to the communication.
  • B.    The communication is authorized by law.
  • C.    The represented person initiates the communication.
  • D.    Trick Question.  These are the 3 exceptions to the rule.

Question 5

When in Maine . . .

This well-known lawyer’s former clients include Sam Sheppard, Patty Hearst, O.J. Simpson, and the Boston Strangler.  Florida disbarred the lawyer in 2001, with Massachusetts doing the same in 2003.

In 2014, the Maine Supreme Court issued an order denying the lawyer’s application to be admitted in Maine.  Central to the decision was the $2 million in back taxes that the lawyer owed to the federal government.

Name the lawyer.


2 thoughts on “Five for Friday #209

  1. 1. Competence 2. B 3. C 4. A 5. F. Lee Bailey

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