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07-04 1. A newly hired deputy state’s attorney must not disclose any confidential information learned by him or her concerning clients of the law firm for which the deputy had formerly worked.

2. A newly hired deputy state’s attorney must not participate in the prosecution of any case in which he or she had taken part “personally and substantially” while the deputy was engaged in private practice.

3. The office of the state’s attorney is not disqualified from continuing to prosecute cases where the defendants have been and still are represented by the law firm at which the new deputy state’s attorney formerly had been employed.

03-04 Under strictly limited circumstances, an attorney who is "of counsel" to a law firm may work part time as an Assistant Attorney General, when the law firm and the Attorney General's office represent adverse parties in litigation not related to the work of the attorney for the State.

91-15 A law firm may not include a partner's name in its law firm title or on its letterhead when the partner takes a full-time position in State government, even though the partner may intend to return to the firm following the tenure in public office.

90-01 The Attorney General may represent a state agency in defending a claim of discrimination under the Vermont Fair Employment Practices Act without violating DR 5-105 (A), where the complaint is pending for investigation and enforcement before the Vermont Human Rights Commission.

89-05 A lawyer may accept private employment as attorney in a matter in which the attorney did not have substantial responsibility as a member of State government and when the work as government employee was in reviewing and interpreting government or agency procedure, regulations or abstract principles.

87-19 The rule permitting multiple simultaneous representation only when it is obvious that an attorney can adequately represent the interests of more than one client does not permit an agency of state government to avoid resulting conflicts arising from simultaneous representation by having the Agency subordinate its interests to those of individual clients; other issues are also addressed.

87-04 A lawyer may not accept private employment as lobbyist in a matter in which s/he had substantial responsibility as a member of the state government and should not accept such employment when it will tend to discredit the public's confidence in and respect for the legal profession and government.

86-07 A variety of irreconcilable conflicts arise where an attorney for a state agency represents the agency and individual recipients of Agency services in simultaneous or successive representation.

86-02 A restriction on private employment following government service applies to those matters in which the lawyer had actual significant involvement as a public employee.

82-01 Person, first a law clerk and subsequently a lawyer for a state agency, representing civil litigants

81-08 The representation of opposing state agencies by Assistant Attorney General in the resolution of disputes, whether by negotiation or by litigation before administrative tribunals or courts, violates DR 5-105 (A) unless such representation is authorized under DR 5-105 (C)

79-15 Vermont Legal Aid, Inc., maintaining two waiting lists, one for each spouse when both parties contact VLA for assistance with regard to

76-12 Lawyer legislator representing clients before state agencies

 

 

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