You’ve spoken. My Cousin Vinny is not only your favorite movie, it’s the most popular topic upon which I’ve ever blogged.
And if there’s one thing my readers know, it’s magic grits.
Friday’s questions are here. Spoiler alert: the answers appear below today’s Honor Roll. However, before I get to the Honor Roll & answers, I’m trying something new that I hope turns into its own column.
For those of you who follow me on Twitter, you know that last night I posted this link to all my posts on the topic of Lawyers Helping Lawyers. I posted at 5:30 PM in reaction to my realization that “whoa! it’s pitch dark and it’s only 5:30.”
Winter is long. Darkness can be tough. And, as the numbers show, we’re a profession that struggles to cope with stress, anxiety, substance abuse and mental health issues. We must promote wellness and work-life balance, and we must encourage lawyers to make time for what matters. In other words, let’s focus on ensuring that light shines in our personal & professional lives.
One way to let the light in is to do things that have nothing to do with the law. For example, yesterday, I ran a race with my mom. She ran the 5K, I did the half marathon. One of us won her age division, I did not. Here’s us post-race, pre-brunch.
As we enter the months where the days arehort, it’s as important as ever to keep light in our lives. To encourage that, send me your pictures of you doing something non-lawyerly. It doesn’t have to be running a race. It could skiing, playing with your kids or grandkids, reading, posing outside a show you’re about to attend. If this catches on, each week, I’ll post the pictures, highlighting lawyers who, every now & then, go lawyerly-lite to keep the light on.
- Jordana Levine, Audrey Smith, Nikki South, Rachel Thompson
- Karen Allen, Karen Allen Law
- Matthew Anderson, Pratt Vreeland Kennelly & White
- Penny Benelli, Dakin & Benelli
- Leslie Black, Black & Govoni
- Teri Corsones, Vermont Bar Association
- Andrew Delaney, Martin & Associates
- Doug Disabito, State’s Attorney, Grand Isle County
- Mike Donofrio, Striss Maher
- Bob Fletcher, Stitzel Page & Fletcher
- Bob Grundstein, Esq.
- Keith Kasper, McCormick, Fitzpatrick, Kasper & Burchard
- Jeanne Kennedy, King Mum, JB Kennedy Associates
- Patrick Kennedy, First Brother, My Web Grocer
- Nicole Killoran, Professor, Vermont Law School
- Kevin Lumpkin, Sheehey Furlong & Behm
- Lon McClintock, McClintock Law Offices
- Jeffrey Messina, Bergeron Paradis Fitzpatrick
- Hal Miller, First American
- Herb Ogden
- Jim Runcie, Ouimette & Runcie
- Robyn Sweet, CORE Registered Paralegal, Cleary Shahi & Aicher
- Emily Tredeau, Prisoners’ Rights Office
- Allison Wannop, Law Clerk, Vermont Superior Court
The rules include a special rule on conflicts for a certain type of lawyers. What type?
Former & Current Government Officers & Employees. Rule 1.11
Pick the exact word or phrase that most accurately fills in the blank.
For the purposes of the confidentiality provisions of Rules 1.6 and 1.9(c), information that is a matter of public record is not necessarily __________:
- A. “Waived”
- B. “Privileged”
- C. “Confidential”
- D. “Generally known.”
Demonstrating my lack of competence, the original version of the quiz had two correct answers: A – disclosable, and D – generally known. Once I caught it, I edited the blog, but not before some people had answered and, anyway, it doesn’t edit the email that goes to people who have signed-up to follow the blog.
In the revised version, the answer is “generally known.” See generally, Rule 1.9(c)(1). I will blog on this issue later this week.
Attorney called with an inquiry. I listened, then responded “the rule doesn’t say ‘solely to obtain an advantage.’ It says ‘to obtain an advantage.’ We dropped ‘solely‘ back in 1999.”
What did Attorney call to discuss?
- A. Contacting an opposing party’s expert witness
- B. Contacting a prospective juror
- C. Threatening criminal charges in a civil matter. See, Rule 4.5
- D. Interviewing an employee of a represented organization, without the permission of the organization’s lawyer
Lawyer called me with an inquiry. I listened, then responded “Well, given the traditional limitation on permitting a non-lawyer to direct a lawyer’s judgment, if any the activities will include the practice of law, you can’t do it.”
What did Lawyer call to discuss?
- A. Forming a partnership with a non-lawyer. See, Rule 5.4(b)
- B. Someone other than a client paying for Lawyer to represent that client
- C. Sharing a referral fee with an attorney in a different firm
- D. Implementing a cloud-based practice management system
In the trial in My Cousin Vinny, one of the key moments is Vinny’s cross-examination of an eye-witness. The witness testified that Vinny’s clients must have been in the Sac-O-Suds (the convenience store where the murder took place) for 5 minutes. On cross, Vinny asked:
“Well, I guess the laws of physics cease to exist on top of your stove. Were these ___________________? Did you buy them from the same guy who sold Jack his beanstalk beans?”
Fill in the blank. Hint: it’s 2 words
Magic Grits. The scene is here and is worth re-watching. It’s a fantastically competent cross-examination of an eye-witness. And it’s funny. #lawyerlight