Happy New Year!
Friday’s questions are here. The answers follow the Honor Roll.
For those of you on the fence about First Run, it’s only a 5K! It’ll be over before you notice the cold! That being said, if you never again hear from Karen Allen (honor roll regular who I think will be there) or me, send a St. Bernard. (Don’t laugh, I saw it work in Bugs Bunny.)
- Team 21 (Elizabeth Kruska & Wesley Lawrence)
- Karen Allen, Karen Allen Law
- Matthew Anderson, Pratt Vreeland Kennelly & White
- Amber Barber, Barber & Waxman
- Penny Benelli, Dakin & Benelli
- Alberto Bernabe, Professor, John Marshall Law School
- Andrew Delaney, Martin & Associates
- Keith Kasper, McCormick, Fitzpatrick, Kasper & Burchard
- Patrick Kennedy, First Brother, My Web Grocer
- Tom Little, Little & Cicchetti
- Kevin Lumpkin, Sheehey Furlong & Behm
- Lon McClintock, McClintock Law Offices
- Jeffrey Messina, Bergeron Paradis Fitzpatrick
- Hal Miller, First American
- Fletcher Proctor, Esq.
- Kane Smart, ANR, Office of General Counsel, Enforcement & Litigation
- Jonathan Stebbins, Bauer Gravel Farnham
- Robyn Sweet, CORE Registered Paralegal, Cleary Shahi & Aicher
- Allison Wannop, Esq., Vermont Judiciary
- A.J. Waskow, My Web Grocer
- Thomas Wilkinson, Jr., Esq, Cozen O’Connor
Regular readers know that I’m
obsessed with fond of “tech competence.” Today, one of the final days of 2017, a search on “tech competence” produces theses posts.
Harken, for a moment, back to the final days of 1999. At the time, “tech competence” was, in a way, very much in the news. What was the name given to the tech issue that many expected to cause widespread calamity as soon as ’99 ended?
In ’99, a TV show that focused on the law firm Cage & Fish won the Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Comedy. The main character joined the firm after leaving her previous job as a result of being the victim of sexual harassment. On her first day at the new job, she was stunned to learn that her ex worked at the firm too.
In a poll conducted by the ABA in 2010, the main character was named one of the top 25 “greatest fictional lawyers not named Atticus Finch,” and was the highest-ranked female lawyer on the list.
Ally McBeal (played by Calista Flockhart)
In a previous quiz, I included a question on Jay-Z’s 99 Problems. Believe it or not, and having mentioned The Beatles, in 2004, Danger Mouse released The Grey Album. It was a mashup of songs from The Beatles White Album with songs from Jay-Z’s Black Album. Danger Mouse mashed 99 Problems with Helter Skelter.
Helter Skelter reminds me of a real-life attorney who some might say was “ethically challenged.”
Irving Kanarek represented a notorious client in a criminal trial that began in 1971. The client was charged with conspiracy to commit multiple murders. During the trial, Kanarek:
- objected 9 times during the prosecutor’s opening statement;
- was found in contempt 4 times;
- spent 2 nights in jail for contempt;
- gave a 7 day closing argument; and
- had the judge tell him he was “totally without scruples, ethics, and professional responsibility.”
Who was Kanarek’s notorious client?
On behalf of Client, Attorney sent a letter to Potential Defendant. Attorney received a response that included the following statements:
I was dreamin’ when I wrote this
So sue me if I go too fast
But life is just a party
And parties weren’t meant to last
Who is Potential Defendant, and what does Potential Defendant intend to do this weekend?
Prince, Party Like it’s 1999 (lyrics are from the song)
One of 1999’s most notable events was a 5-week trial in which a lawyer was charged with perjury and obstruction of justice. The lawyer was acquitted of both charges. The vote on the perjury charge was 55-45. The vote on the obstruction charge was 50-50.
Name the lawyer.
Bonus: name the judge who presided over the trial.
Lawyer: President Bill Clinton
Presiding Judge: Chief Justice William Rehnquist