Lafayette Parish School Board Member Hunter Beasley is on the school board's executive committee. Beasley says it was a unanimous decision. The committee selected two law firms to recommend for hire on a permanent basis. "Instead of being kind of spread out all over the place as far as the attorney's that we're using; we wanted to centralize it so to speak."
One law firm is out of Baton Rouge and has worked with the school district a number of times. Beasley says the Baton Rouge firm will handle educational issues. The other firm is located in Lafayette. They will "deal with those issues like personal injury or an individual suing the school system because of an accident or whatever the case might be."
School board member Mark Babineaux is also on the executive committee. Babineaux says he had some reservations about hiring two firms instead of one, but that concern has since been resolved. He says given the situation, hiring two firms only makes sense.
FiBabineaux says only one had an educational background, that's the law firm out of Baton Rouge. Babineaux says the school district still needed a firm for issues of worker comp and litigation defense. He says the committee found a local firm that fit the bill. "We picked Borne & Wilkes. They were basically the only one large enough in Lafayette to take care of that."
Next week the executive committee will introduce the law firms to the school board. Beasely says the board should be able to vote in about two weeks after that
LPSS Legal Work Firms
The Lafayette Parish School System needs more legal help. An executive committee of the board says two law firms are up for consideration. Board member Hunter Beasley says the current school board attorney recommended the idea.
The board often has hire outside law firms for legal representation. The current board attorney - is supplied by the district attorney. His job is limited on the workload he can take-on. Beasley says two firms are being considered. One is out of Baton Rouge the other firm is in Lafayette.
LPSS Legal Work Firms
The Lafayette Parish School Board is considering whether to distribute its legal work to two different firms.
During a December committee meeting Hammonds, Sills, Adkins & Guice in Baton Rouge was recommended to handle legal matters that relate directly to education.
Lafayette Firm of Borne & Wilkes would handle non-educational issues, such as insurance matters and workers' compensation.
The board will make a decision in January.