Five for Friday #251

Welcome to a glorious Friday morning and the 251st legal ethics quiz!

I botched it this week.  This would’ve been the perfect intro to write about the iconic 251 Club of Vermont.  Alas, it wasn’t until about 8:30 this morning that I realized I should’ve made this post about a member of Vermont’s legal community who’d visited all 251 cities and towns.  In other words, I completely failed to comply with my duty of diligence.  So, for now, if you or someone you know is a verified 251er, let me know and I’ll interview you for a Wellness Wednesday post.

Instead, today, I’ll leave you with this.

A few days ago, I bumped into two of Papa’s daughters, Mary and Helen-Anne.  We attended an event at which my mom won an award. (Yay Mom!)  Helen-Anne is my mom’s youngest sister and an avid fan of this blog.  What can I say? Good taste runs in the family.

Anyhow, when we saw each other, I was wearing this tie:


Aunt Mary commented on it first.  Then, AHAB (their maiden name is “Bonneau’ so my brother and I call Aunt Helen-Anne “AHAB”) grabbed my tie and asked how many diamonds are on it.  At first, I was baffled and thought it was yet another example of behavior by his children that my brother and I believe must’ve left Papa perpetually shaking his head in exasperation.  AHAB continued with something like “maybe the total is a number that you could TIE to the quiz number! Get it??? Tie to the quiz number??”

I confess. I must give credit where credit is due.

But first, and backing up a bit, when I was 6 and my brother 4, our parents took us to Virginia Beach for vacation.  I don’t remember whether AHAB was a high school senior or in her first year at UVM, but she tagged along.  One day, while tasked with babysitting us in the hotel, AHAB lost my brother. Yes, lost him.  She let him get on an elevator and then literally stood watching as the doors shut and it went wherever it went.  For all I know, the kid we found and brought back to Vermont isn’t really Patrick.

Many years later, AHAB lived just outside Boston during the 3 semesters that I attended Boston College.  I often stopped by to visit, serving as a much more responsible babysitter for my cousins than their mother had been for Patrick.  My thanks?  One night, AHAB tried to poison me with Bailey’s Irish Cream!

Now, returning to the tie: I’ve not counted the diamonds. Maybe there are about 251, or maybe there are 51 or 551.  Who knows? And, indeed, the total might be the perfect tie” to a future quiz number.  In fact, I’ve used far looser “ties.”

Therefore, AHAB, thank you!  Your clever and witty remark has earned you full and final forgiveness for the aforementioned (and all your other) transgressions!

Onto the quiz!


  •  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.
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  • I’ll post the answers & Honor Roll on Monday
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Question 1

Hint:  The 7 Cs of Legal Ethics.

Lawyer called me with an inquiry.  I listened, then responded: “Maybe.  Does it arise from your relationship with a current or former client? Or does it arise from a personal interest of yours?

In my response, what is “it?”

 Question 2

 By rule, a lawyer who has direct supervisory authority over a nonlawyer ___________:

  • A.  will be sanctioned if the nonlawyer does something that would violate the rules if done by the lawyer.
  • B.  cannot be held professionally liable for the nonlawyer’s misconduct.
  • C.  shall make reasonable efforts to ensure that the person’s conduct is compatible with the lawyer’s professional obligations.
  • D.  None of the above.  While there is a rule that applies to a lawyer’s supervision of other lawyers, there is no rule that applies to a lawyer’s supervision of nonlawyers.

Question 3

There’s a rule that prohibits a lawyer from making false or misleading communications about the lawyer or the lawyer’s services.

Does the rule prohibit truthful statements that are misleading?

Question 4

What do the Rules of Professional Conduct define as “the agreement by a person to a proposed course of conduct after the lawyer has communicated adequate information and explanation about the material risks of and reasonably available alternatives to the proposed course of conduct.”

Question 5

Season 6 of Better Call Saul debuts on Monday. I can’t wait. It’s one of my favorite shows of all-time and I am so looking forward to the final season.

For those who don’t know, the lead character, “Saul Goodman,” is an attorney who often finds himself on the wrong side of the Rules of Professional Conduct. In addition, in both Better Call Saul and Breaking Bad, Saul often mentions (complains of) his bad knees.

According to the show’s writers, Saul’s needs are so bad because of antics he engaged in well before changing his name to Saul Goodman.  Indeed, those antics resulted in a nickname associated with his real name.  (He didn’t become “Saul Goodman” until the last episode of Season 4).

What’s Saul Goodman’s real name?

And, bonus, what’s the antic-driven nickname that explains his bad knees?


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