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March 2010     MCLE Test and Answer Sheet

Test No. 190: 2009 Ethics Roundup

 
 

Instructions for Obtaining MCLE Credit

The Los Angeles County Bar Association certifies that this activity has been approved for Minimum Continuing Legal Education ethics credit by the State Bar of California in the amount of 1 hour. To apply for credit, please follow the instructions.

1. Study the CLE article.

2. Answer the test questions by marking the appropriate boxes. Each question has only one answer.

3. Photocopies of this answer sheet may be submitted; however, this form should not be enlarged or reduced. Mail the answer sheet and the $15 testing fee ($20 for non-LACBA members) to:

Los Angeles Lawyer
MCLE Test
P.O. Box 55020
Los Angeles, CA 90055 

Make checks payable to Los Angeles Lawyer.

4. You can also fill in the test form and submit it directly to LACBA by clicking "Submit." To submit your test answers online you will need to pay by credit card. After submitting your answers you will be presented with a screen requesting payment information. This information will be submitted in a secure mode which will allow you to safely transmit your credit card number over the Internet. If you prefer not to pay by credit card, please print this answer sheet and submit your responses by regular mail.

5. Within six weeks, Los Angeles Lawyer will return your test with the correct answers, a rationale for the correct answers, and a certificate verifying the CLE credit you earned through this self-assessment activity.

6. For future reference, please retain the CLE test materials returned to you.

 
 Test Sheet
 
 

Mark your answers to the test by clicking next to your choice.  All questions must be answered.  Each question has only one answer. This test is worth 1 hour of credit.*

1. Federal court orders compelling the production of attorney-client privileged documents are not immediately appealable under the collateral order doctrine.
 True.
 False.

2. In California, the attorney-client privilege attaches to the whole document, even if it contains unprivileged material.
 True.
 False.

3. A California court may conduct an in camera inspection of a document claimed to be privileged.
 True.
 False.

4. A party filing a writ petition to block production of a privileged document must prove harm from the disclosure.
 True.
 False.

5. In the Ninth Circuit, the attorney-client privilege is strictly construed.
 True.
 False.

6. The anti-SLAPP statute shields a law firm from a malpractice claim for acts done in furtherance of the client's rights.
  True.
 False.

7. A lawyer who drafts a will has an attorney-client relationship with the beneficiaries for conflict-of-interest purposes.
 True.
 False.

8. Only a person who has an attorney-client relationship with a lawyer has standing to disqualify the lawyer.
 True.
 False.

9. A lawyer for a party to an arbitration is not subject to discipline by the panel conducting the arbitration.
 True.
 False.

10. A bankruptcy court has authority to suspend a lawyer from practice in that court if it finds the lawyer engaged in bad faith and willful misconduct.
 True.
 False.

11. After the court certifies the class in a class action, a lawyer may not contact class members whom the lawyer does not represent.
 True.
 False.

12. Violations of the Rules of Professional Conduct are the equivalent of violating a court order.
 True.
 False.

13. Filing a false State Bar complaint is protected under the anti-SLAPP statute.
 True.
 False.

14. Lawyers breach their duty to uphold the law by changing their votes during deliberations to avoid further jury duty.
 True.
 False.

15. A lawyer may include a Civil Code Section 1542 release in a settlement agreement with a client.
 True.
 False.

16. Clients waive their right to arbitration under the Mandatory Fee Arbitration Act (MFAA) if they seek affirmative relief from the lawyer.
 True.
 False.

17. Once MFAA arbitration is completed, a lawyer can enforce a predispute agreement with the client to submit all disputes to binding arbitration.
 True.
 False.

18. An attorney lien has priority over a medical lien, even if the latter is first in time.
 True.
 False.

19. Attorneys who successfully represent themselves may recover fees incurred by other lawyers in their firms who also worked on the case.
 True.
 False.

20. It is unethical for a defense lawyer to make a settlement offer conditioned on a waiver of the plaintiff's statutory right to attorney's fees.
 True.
 False.

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* The Los Angeles County Bar Association has been approved as a continuing legal education provider of Minimum Continuing Legal Education credit by the State Bar of California. This self-assessment activity will qualify for Minimum Continuing Legal Education credit in ethics by the State Bar of California in the amount of one hour.

 


 
  
 

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