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Apr 22, 2014 8:48 PM by Tina Macias

LPSB discusses attorney

The Lafayette Parish School Board will likely contract with a private law firm to fulfill its legal needs.

The idea of hiring an in-house, full-time attorney was discussed today during the board's general counsel review committee. Vermilion Parish uses a staff attorney, but the majority of the Lafayette committee said they would prefer to contract with a firm.

The committee is still in the beginning stages of selecting a permanent attorney. It will spend the next couple weeks obtaining documents to piece together a request for proposal for attorney services. The document will outline the qualifications and scope of services for the attorney.

The District Attorney's office was dismissed as the board's general counsel last year after the board's assistant district attorney halted the hiring of a special attorney to investigate superintendent Pat Cooper's hiring and management practices.

The board then appointed Baton Rouge-based Hammonds & Sills as its "interim general counsel" while it searches for a permanent replacement.

The committee will meet again on May 14.

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