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October 2011     MCLE Test and Answer Sheet

Test No. 207: Bench Rules

 
 

Instructions for Obtaining MCLE Credit

The Los Angeles County Bar Association certifies that this activity has been approved for Minimum Continuing Legal Education legal 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 $20 testing fee ($25 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. If a friend asks a judge to recommend a lawyer to handle his or her personal injury suit, the judge may do so.
 True.
 False.

2. If a judge is unsure whether he or she should hear a case, the judge may ask all counsel in open court if they prefer that the judge recuse.
 True.
 False.

3. A judge should disclose facts reasonably relevant to the issue of disqualification even if they do not constitute statutory grounds for disqualification.
 True.
 False.

4. During any calendar year, a judge is allowed to give $500 to a candidate running for the U.S. Congress and $500 to a candidate running for the California State Assembly.
 True.
 False.

5. If a judge's friend would like to sit on a jury, the judge may contact the jury commissioner and arrange for the friend to receive a jury summons.
 True.
 False.

6. California judges are not allowed to become Facebook friends with an attorney unless the attorney is a member of the judge's family.
  True.
 False.

7. Which of the following constitutes an appropriate use by a judge of the judge's badge?
  A. Showing it to TSA agents to get through airport security faster when the judge is traveling on court business.
  B. Showing it to a courthouse security official who does not know the judge.
  C. Showing it to a teller at a bank who is asking for identification.
  D. None of the above.

8. In which of the following political activities may a judge participate in any calendar year?
  A. Attend a fund-raiser for a candidate for president of the United States.
  B. Donate $15,000 to a candidate who is running for an open seat on the superior court.
  C. Donate $100 to each of 10 candidates running for seats in the U.S. House of Representatives.
  D. All of the above.

9. Judges may comment publicly on current cases as long as the media are not present.
  True.
 False.

10. A judge has a duty to decide a case unless the judge is disqualified.
  True.
 False.

11. A judge may endorse candidates for city attorney and district attorney.
 True.
 False.

12. If counsel in a multiparty case knows that a demurrer involving another party is scheduled for a hearing, counsel should not ask the judge at that hearing about other aspects of the case unless:
 A. A status conference has been scheduled to take place at the same time.
 B. Counsel for all parties are present.
 C. A and B.
 D. None of the above.

13. A judge may conduct a factual investigation outside of counsel's presence if counsel tells the judge to "see for yourself" whether stop signs are present at an intersection in which a traffic accident has occurred.
 True.
 False.

14. The Code of Judicial Ethics governs the conduct of judges on the U.S. District Court.
 True.
 False.

15. Judges may give legal advice to their close friends so long as the judges do not accept payment for the advice.
 True.
 False.

16. A judge may solicit advice from other judges about a case pending in the judge's court if none of the judges has been disqualified from the matter.
 True.
 False.

17. A judge may never initiate ex parte communications.
 True.
 False.

18. A judge may comment publicly about a murder trial that is about to commence in the local courts of Guam.
 True.
 False.

19. A judge may write a letter of recommendation for a lawyer's child who is seeking admission to a university if the judge knows the child well enough to vouch for him or her.
 True.
 False.

20. Judges may solicit other judges for charitable donations.
 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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