Exam - Legal Ethics on the Internet


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Legal Ethics on the Internet

(1). Start with the LawWorm.com Index page, click on "Legal Ethics on The Web." Then click on CA Rules of Professional Conduct We will start with Chapter One, "Professional Integrity In General." Click on Rule 1-310 forming a partnership with a non-lawyer. Read the Rule.

Q. A member of the Bar may form a partnership with a non-lawyer providing such partnership does not engage in the practice of law.

a. True
b. False


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(2). Continue with or return to the page you are/were on. Click on the "back" tab of your browser. This time click on Rule 1.311 Employment of Disbarred, Suspended, Resigned or Involuntarily Inactive Member. Read the Rule.

Q. A member of the bar may employ a disbarred attorney to do legal research and draft pleadings.

a. True
b. False


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(3). Continue with or return to the page you are/were on. Click on the "back" tab of your browser and this time click on Rule 1-320 Financial Arrangements with non-lawyers. Read the Rule.

Q. You have decided to try some advertising, and as such, elect to run a one time only ad in your local newspaper. The Ad Rep offers to give you additional news coverage in the paper if you commit to three or more placements of your ad. Your acceptance of this proposal would violate Rule 1-320(c) of the Professional Rules of Conduct.

a. True
b. False


(4). Continue with or return to the page you are/were on. We will now move on to Article Two, "Relationship Among Members." Click on the "back" tab of your browser and this time click on Rule 2-100 Communication with a Represented Party. Read the Rule.

Q. You know that while representing a client you shall not communicate about the subject matter with a party you know to be represented by another attorney in the matter. But, what if you are a party in the matter? Are you, as a member of the bar, still precluded from contacting the adverse party directly when you know such party is represented by counsel?

a. Yes
b. No


(5). Continue with or return to the page you are/were on. Click the "back" tab on your browser, and this time click on Rule 2-200 Financial Arrangements Between Lawyers. Read the Rule.

Q. You are a criminal law specialist. Your friend is a corporate attorney at another private firm. You regularly refer each other clients in need of the other's expertise. You have no financial arrangement with respect to said referrals. You have been friends since law school and have regularly exchanged gifts at Christmas all this time. The gifts have begun to be progressively more expensive in proportion to each person's financial success, which in some part is tied to the mutual referrals. Do these gifts, in and of themselves, violate Rule 2-200?

a. Yes
b. No
c. There could be an appearance of impropriety to someone unaware of the ongoing tradition.
d. Both (a) and (c).
e. Both (b) and (c).


(6). Continue with or return to the page you are/were on. Click on the "back" tab on your browser. Next, click on Rule 2-400, Prohibited Discriminatory Conduct in a Law Practice. Read the Rule.

Q. You have been accused of discharging a person in your employ on the basis of sexual orientation. This is clearly a violation of Rule 2-400 if the accusation proves to be true.

a. The State Bar may initiate an investigation of the charge upon receiving a complaint by the aggrieved party.
b. The State Bar may not initiate an investigation of the complaint unless a tribunal of competent jurisdiction, other than the State Bar has adjudicated the matter and found that unlawful conduct occurred.


(7). Continue with or return to the page you are/were on. We will now move on to Article Three of the "Rules of Professional Conduct" Professional Relationship With Client. Click the "back" tab on your browser, then click on Rule3-120 Sexual Relations With Client. Read the Rule.

Q. Rule 3-120 strictly prohibits sexual relations with a client under which of the following circumstances:

a. As a condition precedent to representation.
b. Ongoing sexual relationships which pre-date the representation regardless of the effect on the representation.
c. Ongoing sexual relationships which pre-date the representation and do not effect the level of competence of the representation.
d. (A) and (B),but not (C).
e. All of the above.


(8). Continue with or return to the page you are/were on.. Click the back tab on your browser and next click on Rule 3-210 Advising the Violation of Law. Read the Rule.

Q. A member of the bar may not advise the violation of any law, rule or ruling of a tribunal even if such member believes in good faith said law, rule or ruling is invalid.

a. True
b. False


(9). Continue with or return to the page you are/were on. Now let's move on to Chapter 4 of the Professional Rules of Conduct, Financial Relationship With Client. Click on the "back" tab of your browser then click on Rule 4-200. Fees for Legal Services. Read the Rule.

Q. In determining the conscionability of fees, the following are factors which are proper to consider:

a. The relative sophistication of the attorney and the client.
b. The nature and length of the professional relationship with the client.
c. Whether the fee is fixed or contingent.
d. All of the above.
e. None of the above.


(10). Continue with or return to the page you are/were on. Click on the "back" tab of your browser, then click on Rule 4-210, Payment of Personal or Business Expenses Incurred by or for a Client. Read the Rule.

Q. May an attorney lend money to the client upon the client's promise in writing to repay the money?

a. Yes, either prior to or after the client retains the attorney�s services.
b. Yes, but only after the client retains the attorney�s services.
c. Neither of the above.


(11). Continue with or return to the page you are/were on. Click the "back" tab on your browser, then click on Rule 4-400, Gifts from Client. Read the Rule.

Q. A member of the Bar may induce a client to make a substantial gift to the Bar member's parent, child, sibling or spouse if the client is related to the Bar member:

a. True
b. False