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July 31, 2013

WV AG Unveils New Outside Counsel Policy

Competitive bidding will be required by the state as part of a new policy on hiring outside counsel.  The policy, released Tuesday by Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, also calls for greater transparency in the bidding process, reports the State Journal.

As previously reported, former Attorney General Darrell McGraw made frequent use of outside counsel for major cases, citing their needed expertise. Morrisey criticized the practice on the campaign trail as a form of pocket-lining cronyism.

ILR Executive Vice President Harold Kim applauded the new policy, saying it “represents an important step towards bringing greater transparency and accountability to the state’s hiring of private lawyers.”

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