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Too Much Legal Leeway?

Posted 11/29/19

A recent hearing called by the Department of Citywide Administrative Services about lifting a cap on the number of Assistant Corporation Counsels that the Law Department can hire drew opposition from the Civil Service Bar Association, which represents city attorneys eligible for union membership.

Assistant Corp. Counsels are exempt from civil-service requirements due to the confidential nature of much of their work. A Law Department spokesman said that the cap on their number had been set more than a century ago at a time when it was a much-smaller agency, and that lifting it was essential to “help modernize the process of hiring qualified attorneys” there.

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