Saturday, June 29, 2013

Furlough-facing lawyers cannot avoid defending policy - New Jersey Ethics Commitee

Government lawyers who may be furloughed due to the federal sequester generally are not conflicted out of counseling or advocating for their agencies on the matter, a New Jersey Supreme Court committee said Monday in a formal opinion.
Like all civilian federal employees, agency lawyers face the possibility of one-day-a-week furloughs as a result of the series of automatic cost-saving budgetary cuts that took effect at the beginning of the year.
In "accordance with sound public policy, mass disqualification of all government lawyers in that class is not warranted by the Rules of Professional Conduct," the Advisory Committee on Professional Ethics held in Opinion 726.

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