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Hypothetical Situation No. 11

You are hearing a bill on second reading that would establish a self-help law center in each county in the state. The bill provides funding to hire a full-time attorney to staff each center. You are an attorney and are very interested in applying for this position should the bill pass.

Now suppose that the bill requires each county to hire an attorney who has resided in and practiced in that county for the immediate past 5 years. You know that you are the only attorney in your county who meets these requirements.

Question: Does a conflict of interest exist?

AProbably, but only if you are hired for the position.
BNo, the sponsor of the bill did not know that you were the only attorney practicing in your county when she requested the draft.
CYes, the restriction on who is eligible for the position narrows the class down so that your vote will have a direct and distinctive personal impact.
DNo, because you'd be taking a large pay cut if you accepted the position.



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