The administration yesterday prohibited federal agencies from hiring lawyers on a contingent fee basis.  See Executive Order.  Why?  "To help ensure the integrity and effective supervision" of legal services to the government, of course.

How will paying hourly rates improve "integrity and effective supervision"?  Blawgletter can only speculate. 

But "integrity and effective supervision" just might really mean "loyal and subservient".  Those traits make a nice contrast with vigorous representation by independent professionals.

Barry Barnett

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