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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.

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/020206/let_20060202003.shtml
Opinion
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...

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/092509/sta_497333388.shtml
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...

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/081902/loc_district4.shtml
News
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...

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/110306/sta_20061103047.shtml
News
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...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2011-07-19/streamlining-federal-working-group-co
Opinion
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...

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/031604/loc_murder.shtml
News
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...

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/120100/Ope_Letters.html
Opinion
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...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2012-07-24/high-court-weighs-union-communications
State
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...

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/032199/Ins_spill.shtml
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...

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/040909/sta_427489261.shtml

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