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Why should we pay a private attorney?

The recent news item about the awarding of a contract for $50,000 to an Anchorage attorney to address a constitutional amendment to disallow benefits for gay employees caught my eye.
Anchorage city attorney to review labor contract opinion

...approved by the Anchorage Assembly last year are invalid because city code wasn't followed. Joseph Levesque, a private attorney hired by the Assembly, issued his opinion Wednesday after studying the five-year agreements - one with the Anchorage...
The race to replace Bill Hudson

...raising money, Weyhrauch with about $15,200 and Grussendorf with about $9,300. Weyhrauch, who has worked as a private attorney in Juneau, has represented fishing groups in the Legislature on issues concerning commercial fishing and hatcheries...
Superior Court says state must come up with revised regs

...the benefits. "Obviously, we have concerns about what she is trying to do," Morones said. Allison Mendel, a private attorney working with the Alaska chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, which helped bring the case, called the...
Alaska editorial: Streamlining: Federal working group could promote progress

...some environmental interests to oppose his nomination two years ago.But regardless of how he earned a living as a private attorney, his political sympathies have been clear. He worked as a senior fellow for the World Wildlife Fund and served...
Trial for Angoon murder postponed

...the Public Defender's Office. Weeks said he wouldn't tolerate another delay, even if it means appointing a private attorney and billing OPA. No motions had been filed in the case since November, when Weeks rescheduled the trial from Dec...
How can this be?

...aggressive advocacy and representation from the Office of Equal Employment Opportunity, Human Rights Commission, and a private attorney of their choice. Remedies might also include legal action against the union for neglecting its own duty of fair...
High court weighs in on union communications

...Supreme Court.According to the court's decision, under a collective bargaining agreement, only the union, not a private attorney, can represent a covered public employee in the grievance process. In Peterson's case, a non-lawyer union...
Juneau Empire Story Archive

...made up of individuals. Some were heroes, others were concerned with PR and nothing more,'' said Mertz, now a private attorney. Although the cleanup was a limited success, the state did a number of things well, said Bayliss. About 80 percent...
Ross runs into resistance

...Native groups over his views on subsistence rights. Ross acknowledged he took many controversial positions as a private attorney but said he would wear a different hat as the attorney general and take his cue from the state's policy makers...


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