Lafayette

Nov 19, 2013 10:00 AM by AP

Lafayette board considers hiring private lawyer

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - If the Lafayette Parish School Board votes Wednesday to dismiss the District Attorney's Office as its general counsel, it may hire the firm now handling the majority of its legal work.

The Advocate reports board member Greg Awbrey has proposed hiring the firm Hammonds, Sills, Adkins & Guice as the board's interim general counsel while a committee begins the process of choosing new representation for the board.

For about 15 years, the board has received free general counsel services from an assistant district attorney.

The board's current general counsel, assistant district attorney Rodney Hamilton Jr., is a full-time prosecutor who was assigned to the board in September. He replaced James Simon, who retired.

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